1 Brothers and sisters, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved. 2 For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge. 3 Since they did not know the righteousness of God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness. 4 Christ is the culmination of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes. 5 Moses writes this about the righteousness that is by the law: “The person who does these things will live by them.” 6 But the righteousness that is by faith says: “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down) 7 “or ‘Who will descend into the deep?’” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). 8 But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: 9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. 13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Romans 10.1-13).
Memory Verses: If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. (Romans 10.9-10) & Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved (Romans 10.13).
John 1.14—And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth. Truth is very important in our lives, and where we get our truth, and how we process this truth is also important. Paul’s love and desire for the Israelites was salvation, he wanted to see them come to know Jesus Christ personally, intimately just as he had. However, their zeal for God did not match their zeal for the truth about God. He had displayed His righteousness to them through His Son Jesus Christ while He walked the earth.
Jesus preformed many miracles, signs and wonders in their presence, they did not believe in him. This was to fulfill the word of Isaiah the prophet, who said: Lord, who has believed our message? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?, This is why they were unable to believe, because Isaiah also said: He has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts, so that they would not see with their eyes or understand with their hearts, and turn, and I would heal them., Isaiah said these things because he saw his glory and spoke about him. Nevertheless, many did believe in him even among the rulers, but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, so that they would not be banned from the synagogue. For they loved human praise more than praise from God John 12/27-43, CSB).
We can see the Jews while Jesus was still alive did not want to believe Him, they had Moses’ Law given to him by God, they had the prophets who testified of the coming salvation through Jesus Christ. So, the Jews had warnings and knew the signs and times of Who Jesus was and what He was about, yet they tried to find their own way. Their own way to heaven, to God, to eternal life, to God’s righteousness. They missed the part which says, “for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3.23).
Yes, we can all miss things and miss understand things but to ignore what we know to be true so we can make up our own way, thought, or path is just insane. Jesus Christ did not give His life so we could go off the rails on our own. He gave up His life so we could have a better life, one which is founded in Him. When we attempt to have a life outside of Christ or another way; we are saying to Jesus Christ and God the Father, “I know best just get out of my way.” How crazy is that, have we looked at the world today?
Paul reminds us Christ is the completion or perfection of the law. In other words, through Christ all the law was fulfilled, therefore, there is nothing left for us to do. We cannot offer enough sacrifices to make it to heaven, we cannot pray enough times, nor can we do enough good things for Christ.
Our only path to God’s eternal throne is through the blood of the cross, shed by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He is our justifier and cleanser who makes the way into the throne room of God possible (Romans 3.24-30; Hebrews 10.19-22). Christ also removes any condemnation which we might have. Let’s look at this in another way, when Christ died on the cross, giving His life in our place He washed us clean, white as snow (Isaiah 1.18). he paid our price (Romans 6.23) proving His amazing love for us (Romans 5.8) all the while removing anything and everything from our lives which could be used against us in a court of law. This is what Paul means when he writes in Romans 8.1, Now there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (ESV). All our guilt and shame has been removed, washed away by the blood of the Lamb, and now we are set free from the punishment we so richly deserved.
Christ is the culmination of the law, so that there may be Righteousness for everyone who believes. Notice two things in this verse: first, ‘there may be righteousness’—without Christ there is no righteousness. We cannot make, gain or do anything for righteousness, it only comes from God through His Son Jesus Christ. Second, it is for ‘everyone’, hold on a second, if we just say it is for everyone, then we are creating error from the Word of God, and within ourselves. Is righteousness for everyone? No! It is only for those who ‘Believe’, If you say I believe there is a God” good so does Satan and the demons, but they are going to be cast into the lake of fire to be tormented forever (James 2.19; Revelation 19.20-21.3). Righteousness comes from God, and is given only to those who will believe on Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, ‘righteousness is for everyone who believes’ (Romans 10.4).
My Precious Heavenly Father, What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus; What can make me whole again? Nothing but the blood of Jesus. O precious is the flow That makes me white as snow; No other fount I know, Nothing but the blood of Jesus. Lord thank Your for the blood of Your Son, and for my righteousness provided through His sacrifice. Dear God of Heaven please provide me the help to be able to see the opportunities You give me to share Your gospel today, seizing upon them and share Your truth without fear or shame. All this I pray in Your Son Jesus Christ’s Name, Amen.
 The New International Version. (2011). (Ro 10:1–13). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
 The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Jn 1:14). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.
 Christian Standard Bible. (2020). (Jn 12:37–43). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.
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