Romans- Session 9- Romans 10:5-15

Session 9- Called

Romans 10:5-15

Lesson Resources:

Subject:  Salvation

Central Theme:  Truths about salvation

Objective Sentence:  You should understand the Biblical truth about salvation found in three statements.

Keyword:  Statements

Statement #1- Salvation is by faith.  V.5-10.

Statement #2- Salvation is for everyone.  V.11-13.

Statement #3- Salvation must be proclaimed.  V.14-15.

 

Introduction:

Connection:

      • Discussion Question: What are some things that go well together?  (Peanut Butter and Jelly, Salt and Pepper, Snow and Christmas)
      • Some of you are people that never mix their food. You keep things separated on your plate.
      • Then some of you are all about the combination. There are some things that are meant to go together.

Tension:

      • While these things are all about preference, there are some things that are not about preference because they don’t go well together.
        • Water and Electricity can be a dangerous combination.
        • Inebriation and High-risk tasks don’t go well together.
      • Biblically speaking there are some truths about salvation that go well together, and some things that people believe about salvation that are dangerous.
      • If there is anything you need to know biblical truth about it is on this topic of salvation.
      • There are two groups of people in the world and in this room today.
        • There are those who are saved because they have responded to the Truth of God’s word about salvation.
        • There are those who are lost (to use the biblical term). There are people who are not saved because they have not responded to the Truth of God’s word about salvation.

You should understand the Biblical truth about salvation found in three statements that summarize what the scripture says in Romans 10:5-15.

Statement #1- Salvation is by faith.  V.5-10.

 

For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them.  Romans 10:5

 

Explanation:

      • Paul begins this chapter by declaring his desire for ethnic Israel to be saved.
      • His concern is that so many of them think that they are made right with God through their own established rightneousness, not understanding that under God’s standard they are guilty.
      • In verse 5, Paul quotes Leviticus 18:5.

Ye shall therefore keep my statutes, and my judgments: which if a man do, he shall live in them: I am the LORD.

Leviticus 18:5

      • There is a righteousness that could be attained by the law.
      • That righteous is attained by perfectly keeping the law without a sin nature.
      • The problem is that everyone who has ever lived is a sinner by nature, and eventually by action.
        • We know that a dog doesn’t bark to be a dog, but rather a dog barks because he is a dog.  We sin because we are sinners.
      • Has any parent ever had to teach their child to be selfish, lie, or steal to see that the child acts like a typical child?  No!
      • Even non-believing people spend enormous effort trying to teach kids to share, tell the truth, and be considerate.
      • To do the right thing they must be disciplined.  There must be boundaries.
      • But those boundaries don’t make us righteous, rather they reveal our unrighteousness.
      • The Lord Jesus Christ was born without a sin nature, being born of a virgin, and kept the law of God perfectly.
      • Our problem is that we can not live by the law completely.  We break the law, and in breaking one law we break them all.

As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

Romans 3:10

 

Application:

      • As believers, this passage reminds us of our own futility in trying to be made right with God strictly by our works.
      • We break God’s law, and our good works can never be made up for by our bad works.
      • It is the righteousness of Christ that gets imputed to our account through faith that makes us right with God.
      • What’s true for may salvation is true for my sanctification as well.
        • For me to be right with God takes God’s grace and submission to God’s indwelling Spirit in me.
        • In me, that is in my flesh, dwelleth no good thing.
        • I need God’s help to live a righteous and holy life.
        • When I sin, I am not condemned once I am in Christ, but I still confess it and forsake it with God’s help.
      • For those of you who don’t know Christ, you must know that on your own you have no shot.
      • You have broken God’s law, and if he were to judge you by that law you would be found guilty.
      • The law does not save.  The law reveals your need for a Savior.

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  (10)  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Romans 10:9-10

Explanation:

      • Paul gets down to the heart of what saving faith looks like.
      • It is an acknowledgement and a trust in the person of Jesus Christ and who He is.
      • When we confess Jesus Christ as the Lord and Messiah with our mouth, believing in our heart that He died for our sins according to the scriptures, that he was buried, and that He rose again on the third day according to the scriptures, placing our trust in Him by calling on Him to save us, we will be saved.
      • That is promise language, and Jesus always comes through on his promises.
      • The prayer doesn’t save us.  God saves us.
      • This is why He includes believing with the heart and confessing with the mouth.
      • Calling on the Lord is an expression of the trust that we are placing in Christ as our only hope for salvation.
      • We agree with God about our sin, acknowledge who He is, and turn from our sin to Him as our hope for salvation.
      • He says that with the heart man believeth unto righteousness.
      • God imputes righteousness to those who believe by faith.
      • The one who believes is now right with God not by the deeds of the law, but by God crediting Jesus’ obedience to our account.

Application:

      • Salvation comes through faith in Christ alone.
        • I’m so glad that it is not by works that we must achieve righteousness, because we would be without hope.
        • There is a place for works.  We do good works after we are saved because of the Holy Spirit’s indwelling activity in our lives.
      • Salvation is for everyone who believes.
        • We must believe for ourselves for salvation. After salvation we make this news known to every person in our influence and beyond.
      • Salvation was made possible by the resurrected Christ.
        • We know that salvation is possible because Jesus Christ died and was proven to be the Son of God with power by resurrection from the dead.

And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.  (18)  Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.  (19)  If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.  (20)  But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.  1 Corinthians 15:17-20

You should understand the Biblical truth about salvation found in three statements.

Statement #2- Salvation is for everyone.  V.11-13.

 

For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.  (12)  For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.

Romans 10:11-12

 

Explanation:

      • There are two aspects to these two verses that need to be pointed out.
        • First, the surety of the promise.
          • Have you ever relied on someone for something and then they didn’t come through?  It’s happened to me before.  I’ve “worn egg on my face” because someone didn’t do what they said they would do.  It is a diifficult and maddening circumstance to find yourself in a place where someone said they would do something and they didn’t.
          • Paul is referencing an scriptural theme here when he said, “Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.”

Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.  Isaiah 28:16

 

Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.  Jeremiah 17:7

 

      • The idea is that if God makes a promise he can be trusted.
      • You will never be in a situation where you are counting on Him for something He promised and He doesn’t come through.
      • In the context, the promise is that whosoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
      • Second, let’s talk about the person to whom the promise is made.
        • In verse 12, the emphasis is that God can be relied, and when God says “whosoever”, He really means whosoever.
        • Jew, Greek, rich, poor, beautiful, ugly…these human distinctions do not matter to God.
        • The Lord God who is Lord over everyone is “rich”, that is He has all of the resources needed, to save anyone and everyone that call on Him for salvation.

 

Application:

      • Jesus died for you.  He will save whoever sincerely calls to Him for salvation.
      • Today is the day of salvation if you have never repented and called to Him by faith for salvation.  There is no person who He will not save.  That person does not exist.  He is willing to forgive.  He is able to forgive.  He has all the resources to fulfill the promises that He has made at His disposal.  If you will call on Him to save you, you will never be

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Rom 10:13

Explanation:

      • There are some encouraging words in this verse.
        • Whosoever means anyone. ANYONE! Old, young, rich, poor, male, female, sophisticated, unsophisticated, the addicted, the self-righteous and religious can all call on the name of the Lord to be saved. Whosoever!!!!
        • It just means to ask. We talk to God believing He hears us.
        • Our faith is in a sure foundation.
        • Shall. That’s promise language. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
        • Saved. This describes a new destiny, a new position, and a new hope. We are saved from God’s wrath, from eternal damnation, and from the sting of death.
      • Praise God who promises to save all who call!
      • Whenever I think about this simple verse it reminds me of the thief on the cross. Do you remember the story?

Luk 23:39-43  And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us.  (40)  But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation?  (41)  And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss.  (42)  And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.  (43)  And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.

      • A few things strike me about this narrative:
        • He acknowledged his own guilt.
        • He acknowledged Jesus’ innocence.
        • He acknowledged Jesus as Lord.
        • He believed Jesus could save him as demonstrated in his calling on the Lord to save.
        • Jesus responded to his faith by assuring Him of life after death.

 

Application:

      • The only thing this man could offer Christ at that moment was his sincere faith. We are saved the same way.
      • When we understand who Jesus is and ask him to save us, He promises that He will. It doesn’t matter who you are.
      • It doesn’t matter what you’ve done. The promise is forgiveness. It is why Christ came, died and rose again.

You should understand the Biblical truth about salvation found in three statements.

Statement #3- Salvation must be proclaimed.  V.14-15.

 

How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?  (15)  And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!

Rom 10:14-15

 

Explanation:

      • The best way to understand this particular passage is to take each question and just answer it.  Let’s try it:
        • “How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed?”
          • They won’t call on someone that they don’t believe in.
        • “and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard?”
          • They can’t.  If they don’t know about Jesus Christ and the gospel message they won’t call, and will not be saved.
        • “and how shall they hear without a preacher?  
          • The only way that they will hear about this saving message is if someone goes and proclaims the good news to them.
        • “(15)  And how shall they preach, except they be sent?”
          • Sending does not just include supporting vocational missionaries to go to places where they can share the gospel.
            • Of course, that is necessary and a necessary part of sending to foreign fields.
          • But in this context, sending involves everything involved in the discipleship process to get someone from being a babe in Christ to becoming a spirtual mature, reproducing disciple.
          • It doesn’t just involve financial preparation.
          • It also includes the spiritual, educational, and philosophical equipping that it takes to help someone grow in Christ.

Application:

      • Sharing the Gospel is necessary for evangelism to happen.
        • This may sound silly and obvious.
        • Yet there is a “lifestyle evangelism” philosophy that taken to its extreme isn’t really evangelism.
        • The old adage, “preach the gospel, and if necessary use words” tries to make the point that our life should match our message.
      • Our lives should be a witness in our behavior and reputation, but preaching the gospel always includes words.
      • It is a message that must be heard, and therefore must be proclaimed.
      • All evangelism should point people to life-long discipleship.  All discipleship should send people out for more evangelism and discipleship making.  The goal of disciple making is sending!

Response:

      • Where are you right now in the disciple making process?
        • Are you a believer?
        • Are you growing in your walk with the Lord as a disciple of Jesus Christ?
        • Are you someone who proclaims the gospel?
        • Are you helping others grow so that they can be sent to do the same thing?
        • Who do you need to share the Gospel with today?

Conclusion:

You should understand the Biblical truth about salvation found in three statements.

Statement #1- Salvation is by faith.  V.5-10.

Statement #2- Salvation is for everyone.  V.11-13.

Statement #3- Salvation must be proclaimed.  V.14-15.

 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *