Saturday, 6 November 2010

Romans 10

Here's how the study works: Read the chapter mentioned in the heading several times during the week and share any words, thoughts, verses that stood out to you. Having a week for a chapter creates the opportunity to reread it several times and make additional comments as you feel inclined as well as make comments on other people's insights.


Susan said...

V.20 And Isaiah boldly says, "I was found by those who did not seek me; I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me."

It is God who takes the initiative and "finds" us. It is not us who "find" God.

C.S. Lewis has Aslan say: "You would not have called to me unless I had been calling to you."

Susan said...

v.9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

In the Old Testament the profession of faith was: “The LORD our God, the LORD is one” (Deuteronomy 6:4). In the New Testament the profession of faith is: “Jesus is Lord.” It was particular significant in that day when many were claiming that Caesar was Lord, that is, divine.

Susan said...

v.10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.

It is not that our profession of faith saves us but rather that we tell people what has happened in our hearts which confirms it in our minds.

Susan said...

v.16-18 But not all the Israelites accepted the good news…But I ask: Did they not hear? Of course they did: “Their voice has gone out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.”

Mostly, lack of opportunity is not the reason that people don’t respond to the gospel.

Susan said...

v.19 Did Israel not understand? First, Moses says, “I will make you envious by those who are not a nation; I will make you angry by a nation that has no understanding.”

I wonder if this is a method God still uses? That is, blesses one group of Christians in order to make another group envious with a view to stirring them up to follow God more closely? Just a thought.

Susan said...

v.3-4 Since they did not know the righteousness of God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness. Christ is the culmination of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.

Christ completes the law (Matthew 5:17-18). We couldn’t keep the law so Christ kept it for us.

Susan said...

v.2 For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge.

Not enough to be sincere or zealous - you might be sincerely wrong. Zeal needs to be based on the knowledge that God has given us in his Word. I cannot make up my own way of being right with God I have to trust his way.

Susan said...

From the Message:
v.10 You’re not “doing” anything; you’re simply calling out to God, trusting him to do it for you. That’s salvation. With your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then you say it, right out loud: “God has set everything right between him and me!”

That's salvation! Embracing God setting things right.