verses for this week: 1 Pet 1:7 That the trial
of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth,
though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour
and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
week, in the last part
of chapter 9, we found that God is righteous in all of His ways,
even in the way He has distinguished some of the nations from
others. The Jews
and the Gentiles alike must come to God by faith to be accepted of
Desire for Israel’s Salvation
Rom 10:1 Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is,
that they might be saved.
was a man that cared very much for his own people.
He said this more than once, and was very sincere in wanting
to see the Jews come to salvation.
Paul’s prayer to God was for Israel to be saved.
You and I should have that same kind of undying love for
others around us. Do we
show that kind of concern for fellow Americans?
We should desire to see not only Americans saved, but every
race and kindred that is on the face of the earth.
That is what the Great Commission was meant to instill within
our hearts. We were to spread the gospel first in Jerusalem (at home) and
then into Judea, Samaria, and the uttermost parts of the world.
(The foreign mission fields.)
We as a church accomplish this by supporting missionaries to
the foreign countries. I rejoiced this week when we added Brother Joe Randall to our
mission giving. Now we
have a part in the work in Ireland.
For a small church, I know God is pleased to see us
supporting our own home missionary and 19 other mission works around
the world. A churches
number one focus should be to uplift the Lord Jesus Christ and
preach the gospel.
But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come
upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and
in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the
For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not
according to knowledge.
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.
explains that the Jews had a great zeal for God, but it was not
according to knowledge. This
was something that Paul knew all about.
We know when we first read of him that his name was Saul, and
he was busy going about binding Christians to be brought back to be
put to death. Paul told of his acting in ignorance as he gave his testimony
to King Agrippa.
And now I stand and am judged for the hope of the promise
made of God unto our fathers:
Unto which promise our twelve tribes, instantly serving God
day and night, hope to come. For which hope's sake, king Agrippa, I
am accused of the Jews.
Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you, that
God should raise the dead?
I verily thought with myself, that I ought to do many things
contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth.
Which thing I also did in Jerusalem: and many of the saints
did I shut up in prison, having received authority from the chief
priests; and when they were put to death, I gave my voice against
And I punished them oft in every synagogue, and compelled
them to blaspheme; and being exceedingly mad against them, I
persecuted them even unto strange cities.
Paul, Israel had a great zeal for God, but they did not have a
perfect understanding of the teachings and truths of the Word of
God. They were zealous in their religious desire to keep the
Mosaic Law, but it was not based upon a correct knowledge of the
Lord. Like Paul,
they were zealous in the traditions of the fathers.
We must all guard about too much tradition and not enough
And profited in the Jews' religion above many my equals in
mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of
Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of
naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is
able to save your souls.
But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving
your own selves.
For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is
like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:
For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway
forgetteth what manner of man he was.
But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and
continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of
the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
1 John 3:16
Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his
life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
1 John 3:17
But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have
need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how
dwelleth the love of God in him?
1 John 3:18
My little children, let us not love in word, neither in
tongue; but in deed and in truth.
1 John 3:19
And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure
our hearts before him.
1 John 3:20
For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart,
and knoweth all things.
1 John 3:21
Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence
was ignorant of the most important thing, and that was that
salvation came by grace by accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and
Savior. Israel followed
after the law of righteousness but did not attain to the law of
righteousness because they did not seek it by faith.
He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the
world knew him not.
He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness,
hath not attained to the law of righteousness.
Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it
were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that
As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and
rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be
For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every
one that believeth.
Jews though that they could stand righteous and pure before God by
the law, but they could not. Isaiah
teaches that even at our best, our righteousness is as filthy rags
before God. Christ
is the one and only way to have access to the Father and to stand
justified. Not for what
we have done, but because of what Christ has done for us.
But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our
righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf;
and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
And there is none that calleth upon thy name, that stirreth
up himself to take hold of thee: for thou hast hid thy face from us,
and hast consumed us, because of our iniquities.
knew how he wanted to stand before God, and that was in the imputed
righteousness of Christ.
Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the
excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have
suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I
may win Christ,
And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which
is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the
righteousness which is of God by faith:
That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and
the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his
If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the
Christ living the perfect and pure life here on earth, He fulfilled
every jot and tittle of the law.
Because of his life, and death there on the cross, Jesus is
the end of the law to all that believe on Him for salvation.
The Lord came to perfectly fulfill the law, and it is the law
that brings us to a position where we know we are sinners before
God. Until we come to
grips with that fact, we can not be saved.
Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets:
I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one
jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be
Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto
Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a
For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
Righteousness contrasted between the Law and Faith
For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law,
That the man which doeth those things shall live by them.
law (Lev. 18:5) told us to “Do and Live.”
Compare that to verses 6 and 7.
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:)
Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up
Christ again from the dead.)
believes in the gospel record of the death, burial, and resurrection
1 Cor 15:3
For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also
received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the
1 Cor 15:4
And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day
to the scriptures:
righteousness by faith says to “Live and Do”.
When we trust by faith, we don’t ask questions like in
these verses (who shall ascend into heaven or show shall descend
into the deep.) We
simply trust God by faith and take some things without question.
Faith is not based upon having every bit of every thing in
black and white right in front of us.
Faith is believing and trusting the Holy Eternal One that
made us, sometimes when we really don’t understand.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence
of things not seen.
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;
6 through 8 are found in Deuteronomy 30:11-14.
This has reference to the message of salvation which is the
gospel of Jesus Christ which was preached by Paul.
The result is salvation to all who believe and accept Christ.
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the
power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew
first, and also to the Greek.
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.
For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with
the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
verses are commonly used in leading a person to the Lord in what is
called the Roman Road. When
used with Romans 3:23 and 5:12, a person can use a small number of
scriptures to show someone their condition before God and what it
takes to be saved. These verses tell us to “Believe and Confess.”
Many have a mind knowledge of Jesus Christ, and are only
about 12 inches short of salvation. What I mean by that is that we must believe with the
heart, and the mind and heart are about a foot apart.
While true salvation may come from the perfect knowledge in
the mind, the bible calls it believing in the heart.
It means to have a complete understanding of our condition
for God, and know we have no other hope but to confess and turn
wholly to God for salvation. It
is all of God, but we must come on His terms to be saved.
Verse 10 sums it up. With
the heart man believes, and with the mouth confession is made unto
salvation. If we have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we
will be glad to tell others as it says in verse 11.
Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with
all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
This is the first and great commandment.
explained how simple true salvation is to the Eunuch.
And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain
water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me
to be baptized?
And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou
mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the
Son of God.
What the Scripture Saith
For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not
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.
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be
we decide what we will believe or reject, we should always let
God’s Word be the final authority.
Men may mislead us, but the Holy and Righteous God never has
and never will lead us down the wrong path.
I’ve been involved in the work of computers for over 25
years, and every few years (lately it seems like months) something
new and greater comes along and we are to discount and disregard the
way we used to do things.
But in my 37 years of being saved, God’s Word has been the
same, and it is still perfect and pure like it was when I was a
way of salvation is not hard nor difficult to understand.
It has and always will be a “Whosoever will way”.
Jesus died for all, and all that will come unto Him He will
in no wise cast out. Everyone who calls upon the name of Jesus, no matter
what nationality they are, will be saved.
Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I
confess also before my Father which is in heaven.
But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny
before my Father which is in heaven.
Preaching Makes the Savior Known
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?
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!
But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith,
Lord, who hath believed our report?
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of
we are to be saved, we must hear the word of God, be drawn of the
Holy Spirit to God, repent of our sins, and turn to Christ for
salvation. (Verses 14-17)
No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me
draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.
could have chosen any way He wanted for us to be saved.
He could have written the plan of salvation in the clouds,
but rather He chose to reach sinners by the preaching of the gospel.
Those that perish think it to be foolish, but we that believe
understand its great power.
1 Cor 1:18
For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish
foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
1 Cor 1:19
For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and
will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.
1 Cor 1:20
Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer
of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
1 Cor 1:21
For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew
not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them
1 Cor 1:22
For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after
1 Cor 1:23
But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a
stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;
1 Cor 1:24
But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ
the power of God, and the wisdom of God.
must understand that not all that hear will believe. But our responsibility is to go forth and proclaim the Gospel
that some will believe.
All Have Heard
Rom 10:18 But I say,
Have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went into all the
earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.
Rom 10:19 But I say, Did
not Israel know? First Moses saith, I will provoke you to jealousy
by them that are no people, and by a foolish nation I will anger
Rom 10:20 But Esaias is
very bold, and saith, I was found of them that sought me not; I was
made manifest unto them that asked not after me.
Rom 10:21 But to Israel
he saith, All day long I have stretched forth my hands unto a
disobedient and gainsaying people.
In his book on Romans, J.I
Packer had this to say. “Does
Israel not understand what Moses and Isaiah so clearly teach?” Namely, that a people who were no people would be preferred
to Israel, while the latter were to be regarded as disobedient.
According to the other interpretation, he might have meant
“Does Israel not understand the Gospel?
Have the people of God not been instructed?
If they are superseded by the heathen, it must be their own
God was so longsuffering to
the nation of Israel.
He sent His only Begotten Son to them first, but because they
rejected Christ, the Gospel was preached towards the non-Jew.
day the time of Gentiles will end, and when this happens, the Jews
will finally see that Jesus Christ was the true messiah.
In that day, they will turn back to God and many of that
nation shall be saved.
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