Through the Bible with Les Feldick
LESSON 3 * PART 3* BOOK 24
Not the word of Law, not the word of legalism, not any word of what you have to do, do, do, but the word of faith Paul says which we preach. Here it is in verse 9:
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus,…”
Now continuing on with verse 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.”
“Thou shalt be saved!” Now verse 10, and Paul is going to qualify it a little more. It isn’t head knowledge that saves you . Romans 10:10
“For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness;…”
“Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.” So He clothed them, and then, remember I took you to Isaiah Chapter 61, and verse 10:
“I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness,…” Romans 3:22
“Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe:…”
Now Paul is following that up, he’s still carrying on that same theme, that once we become a believer we are covered with God’s righteousness. Who sees the righteousness of Christ? God does. I would never dare stand in God’s presence on my own merit nor would you, but I could stand in His presence covered with the righteousness of Christ. So looking at verse 10 again:
“For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” If you’re excited about what God has done for you, then you’re going to tell people.
“For the scripture saith, (See how Paul is always resting on the Word of God, even as he writes the Word of God) `Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.'”
I Peter 2:2-6
To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, (There’s that analogy of the stone again that Christ was the Stone that was cast aside, and became a Stone of stumbling, especially to Israel.) but chosen of God, and precious. Ye also, as lively stones, (And remember Peter is writing to living Jews of the dispersion, but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t apply to us.) are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. (Now here it comes in verse 6.) Verse 7:
I Peter 2:7a
Verse 7 again.
I Peter 2:7
Now coming back to Romans Chapter 10, and let’s read verse 11 once more.
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.'”
God has ordained from the beginning of the human race that He will use human beings to promote His salvation, whether it was in the Old Testament or New Testament. God has always arranged that the Word of God be promoted by you and I as humans. II Corinthians 5:18
God expects us to share what we know with those who have never heard or understood. Looking at verse 14 again:
How can these people understand unless someone explains it to them. Now verse 15.
Again we have to be used of God. Lets begin with verse 13.
heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul.”
Even the great Apostle Paul, with the power that he had, could he open the hearts of those people with his preaching? I can do nothing, my words are nothing more than a tinkling cymbal unless God Himself opens hearts. Well it just wasn’t God’s time, but in His own time, He’s going to open our heart and spiritual understanding. Romans 10:15,16
Deaf! Romans 10:17
“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
Remember we can’t hear until God speaks. How many times have I stressed, “Mankind is never expected to believe anything until God speaks it.” “The secret things (Things that God had not spoken) belong unto the LORD our God:…”
Why? I Corinthians 15:1-4), and I’ve had people try to tell me that. Or that Abraham understood the Gospel. No, because God hadn’t revealed it yet. Because it was kept secret, it was held in the mind of God. Because you don’t believe something until God says it. Verse 29 again.
“The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children forever,…”
When God revealed the Gospel of the Grace of God, and all we have to do is believe that Christ died for our sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, when God said that’s all that’s necessary for salvation, believe it, and what does He expect us to do? Romans 10:17
“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” God tells us things in His own time.