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August 5, 2015

Romans 10:1-4 NLT

Dear brothers and sisters, the longing of my heart and my prayer to God is for the people of Israel to be saved. I know what enthusiasm they have for God, but it is misdirected zeal. For they don’t understand God’s way of making people right with himself. Refusing to accept God’s way, they cling to their own way of getting right with God by trying to keep the law. For Christ has already accomplished the purpose for which the law was given. As a result, all who believe in him are made right with God.

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There is only one interpretation of scripture, but because the Word of God is living and active (Hebrews 4:12), there are always many different applications.

Rather, than getting into the actual interpretation of this passage, which is extremely exciting and important I wanted to see how we can apply this to our lives today. (Go Here if you are interested in the actual interpretation)

The author Paul is expressing is deep concern and love for his people, the Jews of Israel, which is echoed from Romans 9:3. Paul’s prayer is that all of them will be saved.

Do you have a heart like this? Do you have deep longing in your heart for people to get saved, and come to know Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior? I hope and pray you do, this is the fruit of a heart that has been born again. A heart that is producing fruit worthy of repentance.

The problem with many of us, is that we get “misdirected zeal”. We get wrapped up in our works, we get wrapped up in trying to justify ourselves before man. We think we have to work to be holy, we think we have to achieve a certain holiness. And when we do, we think that is why God loves us, that is why God is blessings us.

Does God command us to be Holy? Absolutely. But, we are not saved or justified by our works of the flesh.

The answer is in verse 4; Christ is the end of the law, He is the end of any personal/fleshly justification. He is our righteousness, we attain righteousness when we put our faith in Him completely.

This can sound vain, that we attain righteousness, right? Not if you read clearly. Jesus attained it for us. We did nothing. We can do nothing to attain it. We do not have to put on a show for Him or for others. The Bible deals with this as sin. It is sinful to live, and act in this way. To think that we have the power to attain justification and righteousness.

The Bible calls us sinners (Romans 3:23), in fact Jesus even calls us evil (Luke 11:13). So how can we elevate ourselves out of this state of sinfulness on personal merit?

Many today do not want to face this truth.

However, it is the only way.

If this is you today, and this speaks to your heart. Take this to the cross of Jesus. Repent, turn from these ways and this mindset. Seek the forgiveness that Jesus died for. He died so we may find life, and a victorious life at that.

 

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  1. Mike Sands permalink

    Amen!!!

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