Updated: Aug 2, 2021
August 1, 2021
Devotional Reading: Psalm 19:1-14
Background Scripture: Romans 10:5-17
Key Verse: Romans 10:13
Today’s lesson focus on the truth that salvation is attainable to not just a certain group but rather to ALL; let us begin our journey.
I. Preaching the Word (Roman 10:5-13)
In verses 5-13, Moses described righteousness by the law, keeping the law perfect (right standing with God) and receiving grace through faith. The Law is what defines both sin and righteousness. That being said, Paul goes further to point out that obedience to the Law results in life, but no one obeys the Law as they should. Therefore, no one can achieve righteousness by just keeping the Law.
Righteousness with God is not obtained by good works and salvation is not the result of our perfection or hard work. It should be known that salvation is the result of Christ’s sacrifice, (He was innocent and blameless), He took the ugliness of our sins and transgressions that we may have life with the Father.
Paul wanted the people to know through faith, confessing with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believing in your heart that Jesus is risen from the dead (external and internal), these are what serve as expressions of faith that accept the righteousness of God.
Paul goes further to explain, regardless of their nationality (Jew or Greek), He is the same God to ALL. In our present day, it doesn’t matter if you are Baptist, Methodist, Catholic, Apostolic, or Jehovah Witness, the same God rules over ALL. Unfortunately, some are lost due to traditions and self-beliefs/teachings. Many denominations, many people, many beliefs, but in the end One God, is overseer of ALL. Whosoever call upon the name of the Lord, shall be saved.
Believe me, when we cross over from this side, just like it won’t matter where we lived, what we wore, rich or poor, the question is if we believed and accepted. When you understand that, then you realize that the things of this earth are only temporary.
II. Telling the Gospel (Romans 10:14-17)
Verses 14-17, Romans 10:14 tells us, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed, and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard and how shall they hear without a preacher? So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
God uses humans to relay His message, the church serves as a catalyst in spreading the good news of salvation. We share it in our praise, we share it in our sermons, we share it in our confessions, testimonies, and by using Jesus’ example by way of the Lord’s Supper and baptism. Yet, not all have obeyed nor believed. Two-fold, those who have not heard the gospel, do not know about the good news, then there are those who have heard but not believed. So we keeping preaching, teaching, and leading by example (Christ like) about the good news.
We are all representatives of Christ; we all have something to contribute to spreading the good news. Stop wasting time and get busy….be about the Father’s business.
Sis. Mary Turner