Romans 10:1-15 – The End of the Law For Righteousness

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Core Message:

The first thing to notice in Romans 10:1-15 is that there is a distinction between the law of the righteousness of the law and the righteousness of faith. Paul was a man of righteousness but his zeal for the law blinded him to the Lord’s intervention in his life.

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Opening Prayer:

Eternal God,
you are present with us throughout our lives,
even when others plot to do us harm.
May we learn to live together in unity,
that in all we do,
we may sing your praises now and forever. Amen.

Scripture: Romans 10:5-15

Brothers and sisters, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved. 2 For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge. 3 Since they did not know the righteousness of God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness. 4 Christ is the culmination of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.

Moses writes this about the righteousness that is by the law: “The person who does these things will live by them.”

But the righteousness that is by faith says: “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down) “or ‘Who will descend into the deep?’” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).

But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: 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.

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.

11 As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” 12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

14 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? 15 And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

Intercessory and Sermon

Friends in Christ,
God invites us to hold the needs of our sisters and brothers
as dear to us as our own needs.
Loving our neighbors as ourselves,
we offer our thanksgivings and our petitions
on behalf of the church and the world.

Prayers of the People

and through the ministry of your Son
free us from the grip of the tomb,
that we may desire you as the fullness of life
and proclaim your saving deeds to all the world. Amen.

Sermon: The End of the Law For Righteousness

‘Righteousness of the law’ vs. ‘Righteousness which is of faith’

The concept of righteousness is important in theology. It is an idea which attempts to define man’s identity in relation to God. While the law has a few things to say about this topic, it is not the only way in which we can understand the nature of our relationship with our Creator.

‘Righteousness’ is a term which is used in numerous ways throughout the Scripture. For example, it is mentioned in Genesis 15:6, which mentions Abraham believing the Lord. This passage is referred to in four other New Testament texts, demonstrating its significance.

Justification has been an important topic in theology since the time of St. Paul. However, it is not something that is possible to obtain by one’s own good deeds. Instead, it is a gift from God which can only be obtained through faith.

A “good enough” act of obedience will not fulfill the standards of the law. Moreover, the works of the law are insufficient to establish righteousness.

Paul’s zeal for righteousness blinded him to the Lord’s intervention

The heart of Paul is broken over Israel’s sin. He is saddened by the ignorance of Israel about God’s righteousness and His plan for salvation. This is what motivated him to pray to God for Israel’s salvation. However, his prayers are not just for the salvation of Jews. They are also for the salvation of Gentiles.

In Romans 10, Paul uses Old Testament texts to frame his argument. These texts refer to the end of the age and the gathering of nations against Jerusalem. At the same time, these texts speak of the gospel of the apostles.

While Paul is speaking to Jews, he also speaks to Gentiles. There are many religious people who have a great zeal for God, but have very little knowledge. As a result, they miss the opportunity for salvation.

Rather than relying on a self-righteous pursuit of the Law, the Israelites needed a salvation that was based on faith in Jesus Christ. This salvation is characterized by life and protection from danger.

Jesus is the end of the law for righteousness

The Bible tells us that Jesus is the end of the law for righteousness. But what does that mean? Here are four New Testament scholars who explain what the Bible means by that statement. They also explain how those hard doctrines can be applied to ministry today.

A law was a precept of revelation given to Moses. This was a temporary agreement between God and his people that involved external regulations until a new order was established. As such, it was only a shadow of good things to come. However, it still served a purpose.

The word “law” is actually a translation of the Greek word telos. It has two meanings: a goal or the aim of something.

Originally, the purpose of the law was to provide life. People who obeyed the law were able to have life. However, there was a moral problem with Israel that they were not submitting to God’s righteousness.

Paul adapted this concept by writing that Christ was the goal of the law. His aim was to provide a means of righteousness for believers. He then contrasted the language of law with the language of faith.

God’s master plan

Romans 10:5-15 is an allusion to two important turning points in Israel’s history. In this passage, Paul focuses on the sovereignty of God in salvation. He also argues that the Jews and gentiles alike are estranged from God.

This passage is a powerful example of how God uses both the past and the present to bring His message to the uttermost parts of the earth. It is important to remember that God has not abandoned His plan for man’s salvation. Despite a lack of response from “Israel,” God continues to save people and bring the gospel to the ends of the earth.

This passage is part of Paul’s effort to counter the Jewish attitude towards religion. To do so, he cites both Old Testament writings and Midrash.

The text relates to the creation of humans and the fall of humanity. Adam and Eve sinned against their creator, resulting in a broken relationship between man and God. However, it was not a chance encounter. Instead, God knew that these two would fall into sin, and He was already planning a way to repair that relationship.

Closing Prayer

Through the storms of life, O God,
you are with your people
in the person of Jesus your Son.
Calm our fears and strengthen our faith
that we may never doubt his presence among us
but proclaim that he is your Son,
risen from the dead,
living for ever and ever. Amen.
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