August 17, 2018

True Confessions About Romans 10

Romans 10

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Brothers,1 my heart's desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved. For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For, being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God's righteousness. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.2

The Message of Salvation to All

For Moses writes about the righteousness that is based on the law, that the person who does the commandments shall live by them. But the righteousness based on 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 abyss?’” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. 11 For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. 13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

14 How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard?3 And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” 16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?” 17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.

18 But I ask, have they not heard? Indeed they have, for

  “Their voice has gone out to all the earth,
    and their words to the ends of the world.”

19 But I ask, did Israel not understand? First Moses says,

  “I will make you jealous of those who are not a nation;
    with a foolish nation I will make you angry.”

20 Then Isaiah is so bold as to say,

  “I have been found by those who did not seek me;
    I have shown myself to those who did not ask for me.”

21 But of Israel he says, “All day long I have held out my hands to a disobedient and contrary people.”


[1] 10:1 Or Brothers and sisters
[2] 10:4 Or end of the law, that everyone who believes may be justified
[3] 10:14 Or him whom they have never heard

True Confessions About Romans 10

Bio | Brittney Mickunas

Hiya, friends! I’ve been a part of the Watermark family for six years and couldn't be more thankful for the community of Jesus-loving pals I get to run with. To know me is to know how I spend my time. Therefore, here’s some insight. I’m currently perfecting (read: trying, succeeding, failing, and trying again) the crafts of coffee snobbery, organization (yes, it’s a hobby), gardening, and mommyhood. You may call me a lot of different things based on what I just shared with you, but the most defining thing about me came from the call I made eight years ago.

Central Truth

The message of salvation is for all people, at all times, and in all places. 

Devotional | Romans 10

Welcome to the review day of Romans 10! This chapter is a rich display of God’s grace and sovereignty teaching us that the message of salvation is for all people. Paul desperately wanted the Romans to be united...

Welcome to the review day of Romans 10! This chapter is a rich display of God’s grace and sovereignty teaching us that the message of salvation is for all people. Paul desperately wanted the Romans to be united in the gospel that he had been preaching, but many of God’s chosen people, the Israelites, were still rejecting Jesus as the Messiah.

That brings us to the central subject of Romans 10: Israel’s present rejection of God. Israel rejected Jesus because they trusted in the law along with their own good works, and it became a stumbling block for them (Romans 10:2-3). The consequence of their unbelief was hardened hearts, but God presents a solution for their rejection (Romans 10:9-10). Unfortunately, many Israelites remain in their disobedience and continued unbelief, but God remains graceful and faithful to them (Romans 10:21).  

God does not merely want our zeal and religiosity, because those things do not lead to our salvation; He wants our whole hearts. Friends, we need to get this one right. Our being made right with God is based on faith alone. And there isn’t a single person in time who has called on the name of the Lord and been turned away. Do you see? For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:13, emphasis added) Not everyone who memorizes the Ten Commandments and knows the order of the books in the Bible. A genuine, saving faith is not mere intellectual agreement, but deep inward trust in Christ.

Eight years ago, God called me back to walking obediently in a life with Him. As I cried out, He embraced me in my mess. Praise the Lord that the good news of the gospel is for everyone! My response to God's grace since then has been to toil and struggle with all His energy (Colossians 1:28-29) for others to believe the same thing. I, like Paul, desperately want my family, my friends, and others whom God puts in my path to live in the true joy and freedom that come from salvation.

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Discussion Questions

1. What is one big idea or theme God taught you through reading Romans 10? How can you specifically apply this to your life? 

2. Do you ever struggle to believe that the message of salvation is for all people, at all times, in all places? Do you struggle to believe that this message is for you? If so, why do you think that is?

3. In what ways do you fall into the ditch of basing your relationship with God on zeal and religiosity? Are there any fears or past experiences driving you here? What verses can you pick out to remind yourself of the truth and help you steer clear of this ditch?

4. What two or three characteristics have you learned about God in Romans 10? How does knowing these things about God change or grow your perspective of Him?

10 Comments available

Michael Scaman 2 days ago

Q1 I think one thing seen when tracing the scriptures quoted from the Old Testament is how God is consistent and builds on what he says

Moses song (Deut 32:1) starts with the same words as Isaiah (Isaiah 1:2) ‘Listen, oh heavens, and hear, oh earth, for the Lord speaks!’

“He who trusts in Him will not be shaken” and “The stone the builders rejected” Psalm 118:22 is the last passover psalm and possibly sung after the last supper and also is from Isaiah 28:16, but most interesting is Isaiah makes God himself to somehow become either a sanctuary or stumbling block someday to both houses of Israel (Isaiah 8:14)

Romans 10 draws heavily on Psalms, Isaiah and Deuteronomy which are also the top 3 Old Testament books quoted in the New Testament overall.

greg jones 2 days ago

Love the reference to Colossians 1:28-29. There is a need for people who understand the maturity of a gospel not based on “hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces“ to quote Paul. (Colossians 2:8) That is the gospel that saves me and condemns you. My immature elemental spiritual thinking is what Christ is saving others from. My immature elemental thinking condemns me, like it did Paul, like it did the people who taught it to Paul that he speaks of.

Be aware of who Christ is. Beware of who you can become in your zeal for Christ. My Romans 10 in a nut shell.

Great devotional, thanks for pointing me in the right direction.

Tyler Cupit 2 days ago

Romans 10 taught that if I confess with my mouth that Jesus is lord and believe in my heart that God raised him from the dead I will be saved. Romans 10:13 talks about everyone who calls on the lord will be saved.

Ronnie Oldfield 3 days ago

Understanding this truth helps me to not fall into a ditch of enabling someone who is wandering. Having some perverted thought process that I can “help” the person by relieving some component of their distress.

The Prodigal Ministry has been instrumental in making this breakthrough. As people are making their way to their bottom, they need to hear the good news-God loves them and wants to have a relationship with them. But my providing some type of comfortable “way station” along the way to their bottom is not necessarily helpful.

Ronnie Oldfield 3 days ago

Big start to Friday, thanks Brittney.

Q 2 the first part. Yes, the gospel is for all to here. I want to share the truth from MY heart and share what God has some in my life. Doing this is part of allowing the Holy Spirit to use me as a vessel to pour out His grace and mercy to those I encounter.

This is about MY relationship with God. MY faithfulness. MY heart.

Yet, if we go back to review Romans 9 we encounter v18 “So then He has mercy on whom He desires, and He hardens whom He desires.”

God, not Ronnie, has the relationship with the hearts of those I encounter and share with. I am to be faithful to share, but not get caught up in the response of the hearer - lest I should boast.

Hope Harris 3 days ago

In response to Q1: The theme I see in Romans 10 is salvation is extended to everyone. I love verse 20 her it is in the Message: "Isaiah dared to speak out these words of God:

People found and welcomed me who never so much as looked for me. And I found and welcomed people who had never even asked about me."

What an gracious God! Ending my comment today by sharing Reckless Love

Sue Bohlin 3 days ago

Thanks, Brittney. It was a fresh blessing to see again in today’s review that God has opened His kingdom doors to everyone—no more Jewish/Gentile distinction. But I also love that while this changed from OT to NT, God’s moral code never budged. It’s why the standards for sexual purity and holiness don’t change as greater revelation is given to us as the New Testament unfolds. That’s why arguments for now accepting same-sex (and other LGBTQ+) expressions won’t fly.

Lindsey Driscoll 3 days ago

Q3- I have learned that the Lord is patient, and God for all people, and a majestic creator. He desires for all to know him and for his people to make him known to all.

Hugh Stephenson 3 days ago

I am almost always focused on what I am supposed to be doing. Usually these actions are driven by a desire to finish the task.

Are my actions informed by a “deep inward trust in Christ”? For me, the key are the two words “deep” and “inward”. He has my heart for all eternity - does He have the next client phone call? The hard conversation with an adult prodigal child? My reactions in traffic? My patience waiting in line?


Q4 – The characteristic of God that gets reinforced in Romans 10 is patience. Crazy and ridiculous patience. 2 Peter 3:9 is a favorite verse. Verse 21 – “all day long” he holds his hands out to me. He wants me to run and jump in His arms so that He can carry me. Usually I say, “I got this”.

Praying today for complete and constant surrender.

Michael Scaman 3 days ago

A good parallel passage to Romans 10 is the end of Isaiah 64 through 65:

“Rend the heavens and come down”, is prayed in Isaiah 64 and answered in Isaiah 65 how He brings salvation. He shouts “Here I am! Here I am” to those who didn’t even seek him (Isaiah 65:1) and rejected by those who he stretched out his arms all day to those who should have. (Isaiah 65:2)

Later in the chapter what seems particularly offensive to the Holy One are people who think they are works righteous in their own eyes. They think themselves to be holy and look down on others, even though they are not.

God servants find never ending joy, in a relation with God and in a new heaven and new earth. (Isaiah 65:17)

Q4 God is both sovereign in election as well as pleads all day with rebel sinners

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