Romans Chapter 10
Building off of the previous chapter, Paul again laments that his brethren have missed their Messiah.
But by God’s grace, knowing that His own chosen people would reject His son, He made the saving power of Christ’s sacrifice available to everyone, Jew and Gentile alike.
The Jews were full of knowledge, and knew all there was to know about the appearance of their Savior, but they still missed it. Let that be a lesson to us all, to not be so stubborn and arrogant as to miss truths, whether they be large or small.
Another big shift at this time, beyond salvation becoming available to Gentiles, was the idea that righteousness with God was not going to be obtained by works, by keeping the law. Instead, it is now attainable by confessing with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believing in your heart that God raised him from the dead. Through these things you will be saved.
In verse 10, Paul says “For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.” How seemingly simple that is, compared with the copious laws and rituals the Jews had to observe to obtain the same outcome.
I am so thankful for both of these changes. We take them for granted today, but for thousands of years, things were quite different. In fact, for the majority of history, God was the God of his chosen people Israel only, who were under the law, with no access to Christ.
To say that Jesus Christ is Lord seems so easy to us today. But at this time, for a Jew to say this meant that they fully accepted that Jesus was the son of God, which was a very big step for them. Likewise, for a Gentile to proclaim Jesus as Lord meant that they were putting the Lordship of Christ over whatever Emperor they were under. As we know, this was a dangerous public statement to make in those times, for Jew and Gentile alike.
Never take your position in history for granted. I am thankful for many things based on our current technology, such as automobiles, air conditioning, modern medicine and indoor toilets. But I am most thankful that we are living in an age where we have access to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.