Romans 10:5-9

Paul quotes Moses as saying (Leviticus 18:5) that keeping the Law perfectly would preserve life. If you attain God’s perfect standard, you will be fine…, but we can’t do that. So, we have a problem. Paul then goes on to present a personification of faith saying that we do not need (on the analogy of a perfect standard) to find Christ by faith.

Let me explain—I love coming-of-age stories. You know, you start when the character is young and inexperienced, and you follow him into mature adulthood. Also, I love epic tales—the hero must complete some seemingly impossible mission…perhaps my favorite novel is the Walking Drum by Louis L’amour. This is the story of a young boy, the son of a pirate, who strikes off in search of his father.Now, in this story young Mathurin Kerbouchard must survive pirates, slave traders, political intrigue, natural disasters, and the attention of attractive women (he’s a handsome dude) to find his long-lost father who is somewhere in Europe or Asia. It takes him the better part of a decade to find his dad. Metaphysically, that is the sort of journey one might expect to have to take to find Jesus (up to heaven, or down to hell), but righteous faith disagrees. You do not have to do anything of the sort—the saving truth about Jesus is right here. It is the thing we are teaching: if you proclaim Jesus is your master and believe that after his atoning death God the Father raised Him back to life, you are saved. You have already completed your spiritual journey. You are saved. 

Romans 10:5-9  5 For Moses writes about the righteousness that is based on the law, that the person who does the commandments shall live by them.  6 But the righteousness based on faith says, "Do not say in your heart, 'Who will ascend into heaven?'"(that is, to bring Christ down)  7 or "'Who will descend into the abyss?'"(that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).  8 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);  9 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.

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