Rom 10:9-11 # 21, The Heart of the Remnant 3/27/2016

 

 

 

 

#1. Salvation (Rom 9:32, 10:3, 9:15-16, 10:9-11, John 10:9, Eph 1:4, 1Pet 2:24, Titus 3:5)

 

 

 

 

#2. Believing (Rom 10:9-11,17, Prov 20:12, Eph 2:8-9, John 6:29)

 

 

 

 

#3. Confession (Rom 10:9-11, Matt 8:29, 7:21-23, 5:48, Eph 2:9)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#4. The Gift of Calling (Rom 10:12-13, Deut 30:4,19-20)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please open your Bibles to the Epistle to the Romans 10:1 (2X). We are continuing in the series that we called, "The Wisdom of God"(2X). In this series we are looking at a number of structural elements of the spiritual building that God has built, to save a people for Himself. We started this series with "God's Eternal Purpose for This Creation", and we are still in awe of the wisdom God has displayed in showing us the various structural elements that He uses to draw His people to Himself. In sermon #19 we looked at the element of "Saving Faith" that God bestows on those whom He desired to save. In that sermon #19 I asked the question, "But who will call on the Name of the Lord"? The answer was given in the next sermon #20. The answer is: "Only a Remnant" (2X). God used the words, "A Remnant According to the Election of Grace". And when we look at the Remnant, what are the changes we see in their heart? Therefore today's sermon deals exactly with this subject matter. Today is sermon #21 in this series and it is titled, "The Heart of the Remnant" (2X). We can see that here in Romans chapter 10, beginning at verse 1, where the heart of the Remnant displays:

Ro 10:1 Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.

Ro 10:2 For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.

Now, this is an important point. The Apostle Paul says here that most of his fellow Israelites are still unsaved, because they stumbled at that "Stumbling Stone and Rock of Offence", which is Jesus Christ and Him crucified. His heart's desire and prayer to God is that they might be saved. Saved from what? He prays that they may be saved from their slippery slide into Hell. They remained unbelievers. The last words in Rom 9 are, "whosoever believeth on Him shall not be ashamed". It also means that everyone who dies as an unbeliever will certainly stand before God's Judgment throne, and will be cast into Hell. They are religious, and they are zealous for their religion. They have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. The first three verses of Rom 9 make it very clear that they were accursed from Christ. They were on the way to Hell. What was their problem? Their problem was that they had a religion of works. The last three verses of Rom 9 make it very clear that the Jews believed that their works of the law was making them right before God. This tells us really that all works religions are leading people to Hell. We must apply that to our daily life.

I have a brother who is a Mormon. Socially speaking he is a very nice man. He is perhaps the nicest man in our family. He has an excellent marriage and he has a very happy family. But all his nice deeds are not done for Christ. All his nice deeds are done for another god who is not the God of the Bible, because the Mormon religion is a religion of works. You see, that is the problem with all religions that are based on a requirement that you must DO something for your salvation. We must be very firm on our stand what salvation is, because God has formulated for us in the Bible what salvation is. Has Christ been your stand-in at the cross, or has He not. Either Christ has done it all, or Christ has done nothing at all for your salvation, and then you are completely on your own.

Let us now continue with verse 3, and count how many times the word "righteousness" appears:

Ro 10:3 For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.

Ro 10:4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.

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

Ro 10:6 But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:)

Ro 10:7 Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)

Ro 10:8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;

In 4 verses the word "righteousness" appears 6 times! We read about 5 kinds of righteousness. We read here about: #1. the righteousness of God, and #2. the righteousness given to everyone that believeth, and #3. the action to establish their own righteousness, and #4. the righteousness which is of the law, and #5. the righteousness which is of faith. What is the meaning of righteousness? Righteousness means to be righteous, or to be right in the sight of God. With this definition you can see clearly that there is only one kind of righteousness, and not 5 different ones. Either you are right in the sight of God, or you are not. There is nothing in between. And from the 5 righteousnesses listed in verses 3-6 which kind of righteousness do you think is acceptable to God? Only the righteousness of God of course. The righteousness given to everyone that believeth is the righteousness of God. And the righteousness which is of faith is also the righteousness of God. But let me explain that later.

God says in Rom 3:10, "There is NONE righteous, NO NOT ONE", from which we understand that there is not one person who was born righteous. There is no one who is right with God from the moment of conception. Even John the Baptist was conceived as an unrighteous soul, but he became saved during the time he was in his mother's womb. We all were born as enemies of God and "we all were by nature the children of wrath", the wrath of God. That is why we all are in need of Salvation!

#1. Salvation (Rom 9:32, 10:3, 9:15-16, 10:9-11, John 10:9, Eph 1:4, 1Pet 2:24, Titus 3:5)

And if we do not become saved in this lifetime we shall suffer the wrath of God in Hell forever. Then we come to Rom 10:9. These days it is very popular to take verses out of context, especially Rom 10:9. If there are among you who are being bombarded with a "freewill gospel" by people who are parading with Rom 10:9, you may want to take notes. You may be under such attack by teachers in school, or by teachers in a youth-group, or you may be under attack by people at the workplace, or any other place. Here is your chance to build up your defenses. Take notes during the sermon. How does God save us? Let us tie the answer to this question to the ending of Rom 9. First of all, let me answer this by saying how God NOT saves us. God says, toward the end of Rom 9 and in the beginning of Rom 10, that no one will be saved in a works gospel, because they seek not salvation by grace, "but as it were by the works of the law" (Rom 9:32). Those who adhere to a works gospel "have not submitted themselves to the righteousness of God", but they "are going about to establish their own righteousness", because they are ignorant of God's righteousness (Rom 10:3). What is God's way of making people righteous, or what is God's way of saving people? That was explained in full detail in Rom chapter 9. I have already preached 9 sermons on Rom chapter 9. You can review these on our website. But if I had to summarize it all I would choose Rom 9:15-16. Please look to your left to Rom 9:15-16. There God says:

Ro 9:15 For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.

Ro 9:16 So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.

How does God save us? This is how God saves people. When we read these words from God it is important to understand that these are not the words of the Apostle Paul, these are not the words of men, but these are the Words from God. We read in 2Tim 3:16, "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God", which means that everything in the Bible was inspired by God. Literally 2Tim 3:16 says, "Every Scripture is God breathed"; in other words, every Scripture comes from the breath of God. We also read in 2Pet 1:21, "Prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost". This clearly says it all: God spoke through the pens of the Apostles and Prophets. The Bible is the Word of God. It is not the words from men with the distant approval from God, but the Bible from cover to cover is the Word from God. And since God cannot lie, we have the obligation to harmonize all the words and the verses that we find in the Bible. Let us apply this now to Rom 9:15-16, and Rom 10:9. God spoke these words, and God cannot lie. We may not claim that these two passages contradict each other. When we read in Rom 9:16, "So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy" we understand clearly that salvation does not depend on anything that we DO. If we then interpret from Rom 10:9 that we must DO something to earn our salvation we have violated the principle that God laid down in Rom 9:16 and we have declared God a liar. No! That cannot be true! There must be another interpretation of Rom 10:9. Let us now look at Rom 10:9-11 (2X),

Ro 10:9 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.

Ro 10:10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Ro 10:11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

So, is this how God saves people? Does God wait and see WHO will confess with his mouth the Lord Jesus, and will believe in his heart that God has raised Him from the dead. Are these the people who become eligible for salvation because they have done this? But that is altogether a works gospel. We do not become saved because we have done this, but if we have been saved these are the things we will do! Let me prove this to you. Can you see the main three elements in Rom 10:9? #1. Confession, #2. Believing, #3. Salvation. Can you see these three elements in verse 10? #1. Believing, #2. Confession, #3. Salvation. And how many elements do we see in verse 11? #1. Confession by the Scriptures, #2. Believing, #3. Salvation, which is a synonym of "shall not be ashamed". Why do I dare to say that "shall not be ashamed is a synonym of salvation? Compare Rom 9:33 with Rom 10:11. What do we see? The words "Whosoever believeth on Him shall not be ashamed" have been repeated literally and even in the Greek text they are repeated word for word. What does God tell us thereby? Paraphrased, God says, "When you have come to the 2nd half of Rom 10:11 check again how these words have been used in Rom 9:33". There in Rom 9:33 these words are used as a contrast. What is the contrast? Israel is not saved because they strive to enter not by the door, but by the works of the law. On the other hand, whosoever believeth on Christ does enter by the door and shall not be ashamed on the Last Day, but shall be saved and shall go in and out and find good pasture (John 10:9). Therefore the three elements in view in Rom 10:9-11 are: Salvation, Believing and Confession. These are points # 1, 2 and 3 in the sermon outline in your Bulletin. This is the sequence I chose, because this is the sequence how they occur historically.

Let us first look at salvation. How does God save? God gives salvation as a FREE GIFT! From before the foundation of the world God chooses whom He wants to be saved. That is found in Eph 1:4, "According as He hath chosen us in Him (in Christ) before the foundation of the world". Having chosen us does not mean that we were saved, because we still came into the world as rotten sinners. Therefore God laid the guilt of our sins on the Lord Jesus Christ, and Christ paid for our sins the full price that had to be paid. That is found in 1Pet 2:24, "Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed". Having paid for the guilt of our sins still does not mean that we were saved, because we still came into the world as rotten sinners. But then, in our lifetime, God the Holy Spirit changed our soul so that we became "Born Again". That was the moment when we turned from enemies of God to sons of God. We can find that in Titus 3:5, "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost" And this was the moment of salvation, which came to us totally as a FREE GIFT, because Christ had already paid for our sins on the cross, and Christ did that because the Father had given to Christ all those whom the Father had chosen from before the foundation of the world. This is how God saves, and it is totally harmonious with what we find in Rom 9:16. God saves whom He will. Now look at:

#2. Believing (Rom 10:9-11,17, Prov 20:12, Eph 2:8-9, John 6:29)

This is the second element we find in Rom 10:9-11, and we find it in all three verses:

Ro 10:9 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.

Ro 10:10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Ro 10:11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

To believe on Christ means that we have faith in Christ. How do we get faith in Christ? Do we drum up that faith by ourselves? No! God gives us faith as a FREE GIFT! We have already seen that in the sermon of 2 weeks ago. Allow me to use the literal translation of Rom 10:17, "Faith cometh out of hearing, but the hearing through a spoken word of God". We heard the Gospel with our physical ears, but not everyone who heard it became saved. But God spoke and our soul became "Born Again", and this made us able to "hear" the truth of the Gospel and instantly God gave us the faith to believe what we were hearing. But God decides to whom He will give this gift of hearing spiritual things. God says in Prov 20:12, "The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made even both of them" (2X). Does God not have the right to do with His creation as He sees fit? Of course God does. And so, we see that in this business of saving faith we are not in charge of whether we want to believe or do not want to believe. It is not possible that we are in charge of our faith, because God says in Eph 2:8-9, "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast". What is the gift of God? "Faith" is the gift of God. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. And to emphasize that it is not our work of conjuring up enough faith to believe the Gospel God adds the words, "Not of works, lest any man should boast". We do not work for our salvation. God works in our place. It is the work of God! Jesus made that so clear when He said in John 6:29, "This is the work of God, that ye believe on Him whom he hath sent". We have the obligation to believe on Jesus Christ, but we can only believe if God does that work in us. And God does that work only in those whom He has planned to save. We can see this clearly. All around us we see that people have fabricated their own gods. They do not want to believe in the God of the Bible, because He scares them. Mankind reasons for themselves that it cannot be true that God will throw people in Hell and torments them forever and ever. Mankind thinks that this is too great a punishment even for the most wicked criminal, even for Adolph Hitler. But where do they get those ideas? Those ideas do not come out of the Bible. The Bible says that the wages of sin is death, and the 2nd death that will be executed on the Last Day is the Lake of Fire. This is what God says, and God is angry at all the other images of God that people have made. Therefore, believing the Bible is absolutely synonymous with putting our faith in the only One God who reigns supreme, and who will cast all idolaters into Hell. How do we get this kind of faith? God must give it, because it can come only as a FREE GIFT. The Bible says it clearly, especially in Eph 2:8-9. Now let us look at the 3rd element in this passage of Rom 10:9-11.

#3. Confession (Rom 10:9-11, Matt 8:29, 7:21-23, 5:48, Eph 2:9)

Ro 10:9 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.

Do the demons believe that God has raised Jesus from the dead? Absolutely yes! They were eye witnesses of that event. Do the demons confess that Jesus is Lord? Absolutely yes! But that is not good enough. For example we read in Matt 8:29, "And, behold, they (the demons) cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? Art thou come hither to torment us before the time?" The demons will be cast into Hell on the Last Day. Moreover, the Lord Jesus spoke in Matt 7:21-23 about the many who will say unto Him in the Last Day, "Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy name?" These are people in the church who believe that Jesus was raised from the dead, and these are people who confessed His name by prophesying in His name. And yet, the Lord Jesus answers them with these terrifying words, "I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity". These people will be cast into Hell on the Last Day, like the demons, and it will be clear from these two examples that it is not good enough to confess the Lord Jesus and to believe that God has raised Him from the dead. What then is good enough? Let us find the answer in the following verses:

Ro 10:10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Ro 10:11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

In verse 10 righteousness is synonymous with salvation. We all came into the world as wicked unrighteous beings, and if we have been clothed with the righteousness of Christ at some point in time then we have become saved. What can I do to become saved? Shall I with my mouth confess Jesus as my Lord and by this action become saved? But what if my faith is not strong enough? And what if my confession is not sincere enough? And what if there is some sin in the way? You can see how ridiculous this gets. Why is any of our actions not good enough? We are not capable of doing something that will be perfect in the sight of God. And yet, God's command in Matt 5:48 says, "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect". How can we arrive at a perfect confession? The key to the solution of this problem is a FREE GIFT. We have seen that Salvation and Believing are both FREE GIFTS from God. Is it possible that Confession is also a FREE GIFT from God? The answer is: It has to be a FREE GIFT, because verse 10 says confession is made unto salvation. If salvation is a free gift, then confession cannot be a condition for salvation. God says in Eph 2:9, "Not of works, lest any man should boast". But does this passage in Rom 10 bear this out that this Confession is a FREE GIFT from God? Let us take a look at:

Let us read Rom 10:6-8 again. There we read,

Ro 10:6 But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who

shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:)

Ro 10:7 Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)

Ro 10:8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;

This is a quotation from Deut 30:11-14. Please hold one finger here in Rom 10, and let us turn to Deut 30:11 (2X). And while you are looking for it, I want to mention that this is the chapter where God says to us, to His people, in Deut 30:6,

Deut 30:6 And the LORD thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live.

This is just as impossible to do as Jesus' command in Matt 5:48 to be as perfect as our Father in heaven is perfect. And yet, this is a requirement for salvation. The only way this requirement can be met is if Jesus would meet this requirement in our place. We read in Deut 30:11-14,

De 30:11 For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off.

De 30:12 It is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it?

De 30:13 Neither is it beyond the sea, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it?

De 30:14 But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it.

It is interesting how God changed the wording from the OT to the NT. In Deut 30:11 "this commandment" has been changed to "the righteousness which is of faith". First, we need not go to heaven to search the records there. It is true that Christ is in heaven, but we may be justified and saved without going there to get a hold on Christ and to bring Him down. Secondly, who shall descend into the deep to bring up Christ from the deep, literally "from the abyss"? Thirdly, it is very plain and easy: The word is nigh unto thee, even in thy mouth and in thy heart. There is no difficulty understanding, believing and owning it. The kingdom of God is within you. You do not have to look for evidences in the records in heaven. It is promised that it shall be in your mouth and in your heart. All that needed to be done for us has already been done. Christ has come down from heaven, and He has come up from the abyss. There is nothing else to be done but a work in us, and this is what we must look for: To look to our heart and our mouth; there is the evidence of God's work in us. The word which is nigh us is the word of faith which we preach. It is the righteousness which is of faith that speaks these words. The words that we believe and the words that we speak come from the same source: God has given us those words to believe, and God has given us the words to speak. And therefore, our Confession is just the same a FREE GIFT from God. Even the "calling upon the Name of the Lord" is a free gift from God. Let us consider here in Deut 30:4,

#4. The Gift of Calling (Deut 30:4,19-20, John 6:37,44, Rom 10:12-13)

De 30:4 If any of thine be driven out unto the outmost parts of heaven, from thence will the LORD thy God gather thee, and from thence will he fetch thee:

God is speaking here of His elect people, of which OT Israel was a picture. Who is taking the initiative? God is! What does God say to His elect people? He says in verse 19,

De 30:19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:

Does it seem that we must make the choice whether to follow Christ or not? No! God says, "I am the Lord thy God". Thy God! And then God continues in verse 20,

De 30:20 That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.

The purpose of God to set before us life and death, in verse 19, is that we may love the Lord, and that we may obey His voice, and that we may cleave unto Him. But these are the characteristics of a Born Again soul. These are not the characteristics of a run-of-the-mill disobedient Israelite. No! God wrote verse 20 to show us what God's irresistible grace will do for His elect people. They will not only be directed back into the fold of Christ, but they will cry to God for mercy. Please turn again to Rom 10:12 (2X), and let us apply these words from Deut 30. We see here the application of what we have learned from verses 1-11. We have learned that in the heart of the Remnant chosen by grace we see Salvation, and Believing, and Confession. But these are all gifts from God. Even calling on the name of Jesus is a gift from God. The Lord Jesus said in John 6:37, "him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out". But harmonize this now with John 6:44, where the Lord Jesus said, "No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him". It means that only those who are destined to be saved will receive the urge to call on Jesus. And then we read here in Rom 10:12,

Ro 10:12 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.

Ro 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

All that call upon Him are those who have received the gift of calling. Thus all who call upon Him shall receive the robe of Christ's righteousness. Personally we have no claim on righteousness, "for Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone that believeth". We are still inclined to sin, because we live in a sinful body. But Christ has paid for the guilt of all our sin, so that there is no sin on us. No sin can be blamed on us, since all our sins have been paid. And thus, where does the credit go? All the credit goes to God, because He set us apart before the foundation of the world, and He set us apart when Christ suffered and died on the cross, and He saved us by sending His Holy Spirit to make us Born Again. Everything else, the calling, the believing, and the confessing are all gifts from God and are evidences of the salvation that God has wrought in our souls. Praise God for His unspeakable gift, not just for saving us, but also for upholding us daily in the battle of this life. He made the change within us, and He will keep us until the end. Let me quote to you a beautiful poem:

 

Come all ye people, bless our God and tell His glorious praise abroad, who holds our souls in life,

Who never lets our feet be moved, and, though our faith He oft has proved, upholds us in the strive.

These are the words of Hymn #120 that we are going to sing in a few minutes.

AMEN. Let us turn to the Lord in prayer.

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