Righteousness by Faith

Romans 10:1-13

It was Saturday morning as Jake, an avid
hunter, woke up ready to go bag the first deer of
the season. He walks down to the kitchen to get
a cup of coffee, and to his surprise he finds his
wife, Alice, sitting there, fully dressed in
camouflage.

Jake asks, “What are you up to?”
Alice smiles and says,
“I’m going hunting with you!”

Jake, though he had many reservations about
this, reluctantly decides to take her along.

Later they arrive at the hunting site. Jake sets
his wife up safely in the tree stand and tells her:
“If you see a deer, take careful aim on it and I’ll
come running back as soon as I hear the shot”.

Jake walks away with a smile on his face
knowing that Alice couldn’t bag an
elephant–much less a deer.

Not 10 minutes pass when he is startled as he
hears an array of gunshots.
Quickly, Jake starts running back towards his
wife’s location.

As he gets closer to her stand, he hears Alice
screaming: “Get away from my deer!”
Confused, Jake races faster towards his
screaming wife, and again he hears her yell:
“Get away from my deer!”, followed by another
volley of gunfire.

Now within sight of where he had left his wife,
Jake is surprised to see a cowboy, with his
hands high in the air.

The cowboy, obviously distraught, says: “Okay,
lady, okay! You can have your deer! Just let me
get my saddle off it!”

Ephesians 2:8 tells us that we are saved by grace
through faith and it is the gift of God not of ourselves.

Salvation has always been by grace through faith.

Abraham believed that God would give him a son and
it was credited to him as righteousness.
Noah believed God and built the ark just as God
directed him and he was called righteous.

Now we turn to the 10th chapter of Romans.
We will be looking at the first 13 verses.

Romans 10:1-13

The first thing we see is Paul praying for the salvation
of the Jews. He knows that they have zeal for God,
but don’t have proper knowledge.

All they have ever known to this point is keeping the
law. It’s what they learned from their parents, and
what they taught their children.
Paul refers to the law written in Leviticus 18:5 “So
you shall keep My statutes and My judgments,
by which a man may live if he does them; I am
the Lord.”

God promised that if man would keep the law he
would live. So, the Jews tried their best to keep the
law. And we see God’s grace even back then,
because God provided the Jews a way of forgiveness
when they broke the law – animal sacrifice. God has
always been gracious.

God knew that man would never be able to keep the
law so He provided a solution through His Son Jesus
Christ.

Galatians 3:10-14 “For as many as are of the
works of the Law are under a curse; for it is
written, ‘Cursed is everyone who does not abide
by all things written in the book of the law, to
perform them.’ Now that no one is justified by
the Law before God is evident; for,
‘The righteous man shall live by faith.’ However, the
Law is not of faith; on the contrary,
‘He who practices them shall live by them.’ Christ
redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having
become a curse for us – for it is written,
‘Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree’- in order that
in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might
come to the Gentiles, so that we would receive
the promise of the Spirit through faith.”

The law was made clear to Israel, God did not try to
hide it from them. They knew what God desired of
them. But they couldn’t keep it.

Check out how Paul explains it in
Romans 9:31-32 “but Israel, pursuing a law of
righteousness, did not arrive at that law. Why?
Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as
though it were by works. They stumbled over
the stumbling stone.”

Salvation comes by Faith Not Works

Most of Israel was trying to earn their salvation by
their works – keeping the law.
That’s why God included the stories of the men and
women who showed great faith in the OT by believing
God and trusting Him and taking Him at His word.

From the very beginning, God’s desire has been that
man would love Him more than anything else.
He provided the law knowing full well that Jesus
would come to fulfill it. He wanted all of His creation
to trust Him and turn to Him to be forgiven of their
sin.

Next, Paul refers to another OT passage,
Deuteronomy 30:11-14

Let’s look at v.11 first. “For this commandment which
I command you today is not too difficult for you, nor
is it out of reach.”

The Word is Accessible

From the beginning God has made His plan clear to all
It’s not out of reach, not too difficult to understand.
He has made it simple so that everyone is able to
understand it. In fact, in the first chapter of Romans,
Paul states that God has revealed Himself to all and
they are without excuse. Everyone understands that
God created the heavens and earth. Some may deny
it, but in their heart they really know that God exists.

There is no need to go to heaven or into the abyss to
find the truth, God has made it clear.

This next part is probably my favorite – the word of
faith is in your mouth and your heart. The message of
the gospel that Paul has been preaching.

That comes directly from Deuteronomy 30:14
From the beginning God has made His word
accessible to His people. He doesn’t put it out of
reach, on a shelf. He doesn’t hide it behind a huge
mountain where we aren’t able to climb.

He has written His word on our heart.
And He has put it on our mouths.

The next two verses describe righteousness by faith
It’s in our mouth so we confess it – we confess that
Jesus is Lord of our life and trust Him to guide us.

It’s also in our heart that we believe that God sent
Jesus to die on the cross and raise Him from the
grave.

Jesus is the Rock

V.11 refers back to Isaiah 28:16 about the
cornerstone. This is referring to Jesus.
The prophet states that whoever believes in him will
not be disturbed.

Jesus is the rock that we put our faith in.
He may cause those who doubt Him to stumble, but
those who believe will not be disappointed.

Once again we see the grace of God on display.
There is no difference between Jew and Gentile when
it comes to salvation.
All who call on the name of the Lord will be saved.
This is also an OT promise found in Joel 2:32a

Once again we see that God’s word never changes.
Salvation has always been by grace through faith.

APPLICATION

Our application comes just a few verses down in v.17
So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word
of Christ.

Believers have the word of God in their heart and in
their mouths.
It’s our job to share that word with others.
Notice v. 14-15
How will they call on Him whom they have not
believed?
How will they believe in Him whom they have not
heard?
How will they hear without a preacher?
How will they preach unless they are sent?

Share what is in your Mouth and Heart
You know the good news. Share it with someone!!
It’s not our job to decide who gets to hear the good
news. It’s our job to be obedient to share it with
whoever God sends in our path.
Are you listening to Him this morning and waiting for
an opportunity to share what is in your mouth and
heart?