Lesson Scriptures: Romans 10:9-17
Key Lesson Theme: “Committed to His Mission”
Today's Lesson: Monday, November 23
9 If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
10 One believes with the heart, resulting in righteousness, and one confesses with the mouth, resulting in salvation.
11 For the Scripture says, Everyone who believes on him will not be put to shame,
12 since there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, because the same Lord of all richly blesses all who call on him.
13 For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
14 How, then, can they call on him they have not believed in? And how can they believe without hearing about him? And how can they hear without a preacher?
15 And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news.
16 But not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, Lord, who has believed our message?
17 So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the message about Christ.
The Bible Meets Life
The gospel of Jesus Christ changes lives. But many in our world have never heard the gospel message. God’s heart and mission is that all people everywhere know Him. His mission is to be our mission. Therefore, believers are challenged to use every opportunity and every means available to tell the good news about Jesus.
In Romans 9–11, Paul sought to explain Israel’s unbelief and God’s rejection of the chosen people in the context of God’s redemptive plan. He addressed God’s sovereign choice of Israel to serve Him. Their selection had nothing to do with their worth but everything to do with God’s purpose. They were His by faith. In fact, that is the only way anyone gains right standing with God.
We tend to admire people with great passion who give tireless energy, generous resources, and unwavering support for a cause or belief. However, an overzealous spirit can lead to misunderstanding and misappropriation. Such happened to Israel. As a people called out by God, they replaced responsibility with privilege. They focused greater attention on their religious practice instead of the authority of a personal relationship with the Lord. They became intent on exalting themselves by “going about to establish their own righteousness” rather than submitting “themselves unto the righteousness of God” (Rom. 10:3).
Paul challenged their misguided zeal by reminding them that only through confessing and believing in Christ could anyone gain right standing with God. What he taught then is no less true now. Christ is the only way to salvation. We cannot save ourselves. We are saved when we confess and believe Jesus is Lord. Salvation is available to all who call on Jesus. To call on Him is more than to say His name or give mental assent to Him. It is to make a great commitment of faith.
The point of this session is that God desires for all the peoples of the world to have an opportunity to hear and respond to the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ. That is His divine mission; it is to become ours. If people are saved by hearing the good news then someone must be doing the telling of it. Who can tell the message of salvation better than those who have experienced salvation? God is looking for His people to give themselves over to that mission, to make that commitment—completely.
Until tomorrow Saints...
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