THE RIGHTEOUSNESS WHICH IS OF FAITH
Romans 10:6a; 8-10
To receive the better benefit of this writing, we must get first things first. Verse 6 sets the stage, so to speak. The subject is "..the righteousness which is of faith.." It suggests that there is a righteousness which comes via faith. James 2:23, speaking of Abraham, says "...Abraham believed God,and it was imputed unto him for righteousness:...". We don't deserve the righteousness of God; but by faith in Jesus as our Saviour---it is received.
Vs. 8 of Romans 10, speaks of a very special ingredient to obtaining righteousness via faith; that is "..the word of faith,which we preach;...". A bit after this, Paul says "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.", vs.17. Not to much stress can be put on preaching and teaching the Word. Sometimes to much emphasis is put on the wrong kind of prayer for salvation--praying for forgiveness of confessed sins IS correct; but some counsel 'as Jesus to come into your heart'. He will not indwell a heart which is not cleansed by the efficacious blood of the Saviour.
Vss, 8, 9, and 10 are key elements of salvation are outlined:
(1) "the word" "which we preach", vs. 8.
(2) "believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead,", vs 9. Jesus is not just a dying Saviour;He is a resurrected Lord.
(3) "with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.",vs.10 Verse 9 also refers to confession with the mouth.
Usage of the word "confess" in words like confesseth, confessing, or confessed, imply an action. It also implies a communication. When we hear the Word and the Holy Spirit convicts our heart of sins---we wisely confess our sins to the Lord, I John 1:9. After we are saved, we should confess Jesus to others, Luke 12:8; Romans 10:10-11; meaning to speak of Him to them.
THANK YOU LORD FOR SAVING MY SOUL! DDH
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