March 15, 2007
Rom 10:4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.
Rom 10:5 For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them.
This does not mean we shouldn’t keep the law. I always thought it did. It means we SHOULD keep the law. The man who does the law shall live and Christ IS the end of the law. To keep the whole law is to accept and honor Christ. The man that does that shall live. Jesus fulfilled the Law. This means He paid any debts incurred under the Law. We have no need to offer more sacrifices, but we still have to keep the commandments and we still have to claim the blood over failure to honor Jesus. And since He is the end of the Law, we have to keep the Law in order to honor Him. I don’t think I am really saying what I mean very well. Maybe we’ll get it out when we talk about it.
Rom 10:6 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:)
Rom 10:7 Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)
According to Adam Clark, descending into heaven to bring Christ down refers to Jews who did not believe Jesus was the promised Messiah. They must still be waiting for another Messiah to come from Heaven. And the other phrase, descend into the deep refers to those Jews that did not believe that Jesus was raised up from the dead.
Rom 10:8 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;
Rom 10:9 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.
Rom 10:10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Rom 10:11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
Rom 10:12 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.
Rom 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
And this passage says nothing about keeping any Laws. It says ”whosoever shall all upon the name of the Lord shall be saved”. It says you shall confess with your mouth and believe in your heart. Believe what? Not the law, only believe that God raised Jesus from the dead.
Pro 15:1 A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.
Pro 15:2 The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.
It is not easy to know how to answer people who claim to know Jesus and yet do not follow the same way I do. Where is the balance between speaking truth, “a soft answer turneth away wrath” and “the tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright”?
Pro 15:4 A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.
Just blurting out all that you think you know is not always helpful to the kingdom of God, or to the building up of weaker saints.
Psa 50:1 The mighty God, even the LORD, hath spoken, and called the earth from the rising of the sun unto the going down thereof.
Psa 50:2 Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God hath shined.
Psa 50:3 Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence: a fire shall devour before him, and it shall be very tempestuous round about him.
Psa 50:4 He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that he may judge his people.
Psa 50:5 Gather my saints together unto me; those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice.
Psa 50:6 And the heavens shall declare his righteousness: for God is judge himself. Selah.
Psa 50:7 Hear, O my people, and I will speak; O Israel, and I will testify against thee: I am God, even thy God.
Psa 50:8 I will not reprove thee for thy sacrifices or thy burnt offerings, to have been continually before me.
Psa 50:9 I will take no bullock out of thy house, nor he goats out of thy folds.
Psa 50:10 For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills.
Psa 50:11 I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field are mine.
Psa 50:12 If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is mine, and the fulness thereof.
Psa 50:13 Will I eat the flesh of bulls, or drink the blood of goats?
Psa 50:14 Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High:
Psa 50:15 And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.
Psa 50:16 But unto the wicked God saith, What hast thou to do to declare my statutes, or that thou shouldest take my covenant in thy mouth?
Psa 50:17 Seeing thou hatest instruction, and castest my words behind thee.
Psa 50:18 When thou sawest a thief, then thou consentedst with him, and hast been partaker with adulterers.
Psa 50:19 Thou givest thy mouth to evil, and thy tongue frameth deceit.
Psa 50:20 Thou sittest and speakest against thy brother; thou slanderest thine own mother's son.
Psa 50:21 These things hast thou done, and I kept silence; thou thoughtest that I was altogether such an one as thyself: but I will reprove thee, and set them in order before thine eyes.
I have done all of these. And God did keep silent. And did I think He was such an one as myself? I suppose I did. And now, we still fail to live perfectly, and do we still think He is such an one as us? We must think so. We make excuses for one another and we say “God wouldn’t expect that from you” or “God will understand”.
Psa 50:22 Now consider this, ye that forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver.
Psa 50:23 Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God.
Time’s up. I gotta go. Lots to get done today.