Week of February 17 - Day 2

Day 2 Read: Romans 10:10-13

For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. 11 For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” 12 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. 13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”  

Reflect: How is the process of faith in Christ two-fold? What does Paul say is essential?

Consider: Paul has finished comparing righteousness by the law with righteousness by faith. The evidence is that, just as in the Old Testament when God made his will readily available to Israel so that they might embrace it and live by it, so God has made his will available “today.” And his will for everyone, Jew and Gentile, is faith in Christ. Here Paul concludes with a promise from the Old Testament, from Joel 2:32.[1]

Respond: Have there been times in your life when you have tried to be religious without recognizing Christ’s Lordship? How did that turn out? What is the danger of trying to “do” one without the other?

[1] Kenneth Boa and William Kruidenier, Romans, vol. 6, Holman New Testament Commentary (Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2000), 312–313.