So often we have opinions in our hearts/minds, but we do not express them, our words and actions would indicate something different from what we believe and vice versa. Integrity I have told my children is by your actions, which can be words. What you truly are on the inside is what you portray and live by to the world on the outside. Do they match?
The key verses for Romans is . . .
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “But the righteous man shall live by faith.Romans 1:16-17 (ESV)
The Gospel is the center of everything for the believer. We are not to be ashamed of it, we are to proclaim it, it is the power of God to everyone who believes. There is belief in the heart and this produces actions. Not being ashamed means that we are bold and willing to proclaim the Gospel and why we believe it.
Our Scripture this week is . . .
For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. 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. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” 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. For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”Romans 10:4-13 (ESV)
Christ is the END of the law for righteousness, he fulfilled the law. Salvation is through Christ’s righteousness and is for everyone who believes. This is the Gospel. Moses, in the law (Torah), tells us that righteousness is based on the law. It is the person that does the commandments is the person that lives. We have all failed.
- Romans 3:23 – for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
- Romans 6:23 – For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
- Romans 5:8 – but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
- Romans 10:9-10 – 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. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.
- Romans 10:13 – everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
This is what we refer to as the Roman Road, the message of the Gospel, that we see in our text today in Romans 10. If we confess with our mouth Jesus is Lord and believe in our heart that God raised Him from the dead we will be saved. With the heart, we believe and are justified, not by our works but by Christ’s work and that alone. With the mouth, we confess and are saved.
Paul, in Romans, presents the clearest presentation of the Gospel in all the Scriptures. He began by discussing what we see in our lives and around us every single day: the sinfulness of all humanity. All people are in rebellion against God and sin. God in His grace provides our justification through faith in Christ. Faith in Christ’s work on our behalf and not in any work of our own. Paul makes it clear that the believer’s pursuit of God doesn’t stop here with justification/salvation; it continues on through the work of sanctification.
The union between doctrine (belief in our heart) and life (confess with our mouth) impacts our daily life. The Gospel is what believe and how affects how we live out those beliefs. Does your day-to-day life mirror the beliefs you hold, or do you find yourself in a constant battle with hypocrisy? Take heed of the doctrine you find within the pages of Romans, but don’t forget to put it into practice as well. We need to have integrity and unity in our faith from our heart to our actions.