Sunday, July 13, 2014

Paul's Epistles Part 24 – Righteousness

Paul's Epistles
Part 24 – Righteousness
Pastor Bruce A. Shields
House of Faith Church | |

We are going to look at the Epistles of Paul in this series of sermons. In Chapter 6 we looked at Paul telling us to be Dead to Sin, and Alive in Christ and that we are Slaves to Righteousness, Released from the Law and Bound to Christ, That which I hate, I do, Life in the Spirit, Present Suffering and Future Glory, More than Conquerors, Paul's Anguish Over Israel, Justice and Mercy, Israel's Unbelief, Israel's Rejection of Christ.

Today we will take a look at Romans 10, and Righteousness.

Moses writes this about the righteousness that is by the law: “The person who does these things will live by them.” 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) “or ‘Who will descend into the deep?’” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). 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: 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. 11 As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” 12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

                   I.            RIGHTEOUSNESS BY THE LAW AND FAITH
a.      Righteousness by the Law
                                                                         i.      Shows the Law did contain Righteousness

                                                                      ii.      However, man could not obtain this Righteousness due to the fallen condition

                                                                   iii.      Remember, the Law was given to show our sin, not save us

                                                                     iv.      It was given to show the need for a Savior, Jesus Christ

b.     "The person who does these things, shall live by them."
                                                                         i.      Paul is saying that one must keep all of the commands to obtain Righteousness

                                                                      ii.      However, this is impossible, because the Law is God's standards, which none of us can measure up to.

                                                                   iii.      Therefore, no one can achieve Righteousness through the Law.

c.      Righteousness is obtained by Faith
                                                                         i.      This speaks of the wonderful and beautiful simplicity found only in Christ.

                                                                      ii.      By faith, we are justified, by faith we are found Righteous

                                                                   iii.      Though not our own Righteousness through "acts" or keeping of the Law, rather, the Righteousness of Christ, given to us through our faith in Him.

               II.            WITH YOUR HEART AND MOUTH
a.      To be "saved", one does not have to perform a great task
                                                                         i.      Such as bring Christ down in Person from heaven

                                                                      ii.      God's Word is enough!

                                                                   iii.      Neither do they need to bring Christ up from Sheol to impart forgiveness and holiness.

b.     "But what does it say?"
                                                                         i.      Paul clarifies Christ does not need to be standing in Person before you for you to receive salvation, rather, the scriptures tell you exactly how in the Word of God, which is always enough!

c.      Simply put, How to be saved.
                                                                         i.      The Word is near you (The Word of God)
                                                                      ii.      Even in your mouth (confession which comes from the overflow of your heart, not merely words spoken.)

                                                                   iii.      And in your heart (where faith begins, and one speaks from the overflow)

d.     That is the Word of Faith which we preach
                                                                         i.      You have the Word of God, the Bible.
1.      Do you own one?
2.      Do you read it?
3.      Do you meditate on its Word?
4.      Do you know it is the Spiritual food you need for your spirit?

5.      Does God's Word fill your heart to overflowing, so that the Word itself is reflected in the way you behave, think, speak?

6.      Luke 6:45 "A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of."

                                                                      ii.      What are you speaking and confessing, not in front of "Christians", but when you are at home with your family, or friends, or better yet, alone.

                                                                   iii.      Because when you think you are alone, you are not.

1.      Jeremiah 23:24 "Can a man hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him? declares the Lord. Do I not fill heaven and earth? declares the Lord."

2.      Job 34:21 "For his eyes are on the ways of a man, and he sees all his steps."

                                                                     iv.      Our Father in heaven sees all, and He hears the words you speak.

                                                                        v.      What is filling your heart today?

a.      Paul says there is no difference, anyone who calls on the Lord will not be turned away.
                                                                         i.      However, this cry to the Lord must be more than mere words.

                                                                      ii.      Anyone can say anything, and do.

                                                                   iii.      You must surrender yourself to the Lord, and allow Him to become your Lord and Savior.

b.     Justification is the doctrine that God pardons, accepts, and declares a sinner to be "just" on the basis of Christ's righteousness (Rom 3:24-26; 4:25; 5:15-21)

                                                                         i.      which results in God's peace (Rom 5:1),

                                                                      ii.      His Spirit (Rom 8:4), and salvation.

c.      Justification is by grace through faith in Jesus Christ apart from all works and merit of the sinner (Rom 1:18-3:28).
                                                                         i.      Justification is based on Faith-principle, not the works-principle.

Paul has explained, that for us to be Righteous in God's eyes, we need Christ's Righteousness, which comes through us being justified.

We are justified when we receive salvation which comes by faith in Jesus Christ.

For this to be "real" faith, or "real" salvation, the words we speak must come from a heart that has made the decision. We must obtain faith by hearing and reading God's Word.

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