To-day it is so to very few. 4. The primary truths are not demonstrable, and yet our knowledge of them is none the less certain. Rom 10:11 - For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” Tools. It was a saying of Dr. Johnson, that “classical quotation was the parole of literary men,” and we can understand how a sympathy similar to that existing among scholars would obtain between Paul and the Jews to whom he wrote, and they found him adapting the words of the law in his exposition of the gospel. The conviction of the heart, which is inevitably confessed with the mouth, is no barren creed. 4. Confession is not the cause of salvation but the effect of believing. BibliographyCalvin, John. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/egt/romans-10.html. “Confession” is primarily outward manifestation of belief. We gather from the Old Testament that the heart was the source of all moral action, the source of the affections and purposes, and a symbol even of the mind and the will. “He that confesseth Me before men, him will I confess before My Father which is in heaven.” There was once a prince who journeyed into a distant part of the king’s dominions, where he was little known and cared for. Your email address will not be published. Each approach comes with its own difficulties. 1871-8. We shall find it needful to intrude upon the dainties of etiquette, and, like the prophet who came to Bethel, we shall have to cry against altars at which others pay their vows. Faith is necessary to obtain the gift of righteousness. Witmer wrote that the confession is to God. with the heart one believes unto righteousness [justification], To deny God the Saviour before people is not safe. quotes from Crell., σωτ. All other rights reserved. These things cannot be believed by the sensual man, the covetous, the proud, or the ambitious. True faith, however, produces works; and, among the rest, confession of Christ. With them the “heart” did not specially denote the affections as distinguished from the understanding (Deuteronomy 29:4; 1 Kings 3:9; 1Ki_3:12; Mark 7:21; Mar_2:6; Acts 11:23; Proverbs 16:21). His friends said to him, “Do not you know us?” There was a shake of the head. Believing takes place. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/pet/romans-10.html. Spurgeon. He is pointed to the Cross, but the current of his feelings drives him past it. Bible Commentary for Romans 10:10. “He ne’er had been at freedom set.” Faith, therefore, perceives that if Christ is risen the soul is justified. We may, consistently with what has been said under I. Wythe. THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE LAW 5For Moses writes about the righteousness of the law, “The one who does them will live by them.” “For Moses writes about the righteousness of … (5-11) The Gentiles stand on a level with the Jews, in justification and salvation. 2. BibliographyPoole, Matthew, "Commentary on Romans 10:10". (1-3) Israel’s refusal to submit to the righteousness of God. 4. Romans 10:10 for with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. BibliographyMeyer, Heinrich. 2013. The reason why this is made so important is, that there can be no true attachment to Christ which will not manifest itself in the life. He was the Word as well as the Life, and He asks us here, as everywhere else, to follow Him. In the silence of the sick or dying hour, no excuse, however specious it may appear today, will answer your conscience: and if so answer your conscience, depend upon if it will not satisfy God, Conclusion: 1. 2. (J. What is true of us when we commence our spiritual career is true all our lives long. Matthew 10:32-33; 2 Timothy 2:12). How obvious and infatuated is the folly of the multitude in every age, country, and church, who, in one form or another, are endeavoring to work out a righteousness of their own, instead of submitting to the righteousness of God. (1-4) The difference between the righteousness of the law, and the righteousness of faith. (a) The man of the world finds it hard to understand how professing Christians can believe while their actions remain unaffected by their belief. 6. This was the practice of the primitive saints; yea, all nations own, acknowledge, and profess the God they worship; and should not we confess our God, Saviour and Redeemer? It was a report concerning the Saviour, and being given by competent and faithful witnesses, and confirmed by the attesting seal of God, there was no need for any man to go out of or beyond himself for Christ. “For … Now it is in respect to this continued and ultimately completed redemption that confession is made with the mouth unto salvation. John Piper And who shall help to wrap Him in spices? Finney. Truths may be above reason and yet not be contrary to reason.1 [Note: Pascal. I do say that the truth he needs cannot be discovered by any man unless one of the organs by which he sets about perceiving it is the heart of trust and faith. And when Paul says, "With the heart man believeth unto righteousness," he expresses the relation of faith, not to our sanctification, but to justification. If a dog bites a man, that is not news; but if a man bites a dog, that is news! It consists in--. Some men want evidence that touches the intellect; some evidence that touches the imagination; some evidence that touches the taste; some evidence that strikes the moral sense. But compare the way in which men approach these tremendous themes of religion and sit in judgment upon Divine equity, and upon questions of right and questions of duty. This in no sense equates the blood of Christ with the primary steps of obedience leading to justification, because the blood of Christ is the causative and enabling factor making it possible for people to be saved, thus not resembling in any way the primary steps of obedience; but IN ONE SENSE, the sense of being absolutely necessary and prior to man's salvation, the first principles of the gospel (faith, repentance, confession and baptism) are actually placed in the same time sequence leading to salvation as the blood of Christ, all of which, and each of which, are the sine qua non of salvation. 273 (Henson); lxix. It is not intuitive” (Morison). The believing heart is indispensable to the discovery of truth. "Scofield Reference Notes on Romans 10:10". At last, one said in his ear, “Do you know Jesus?” The response was instantaneous. 10 Brothers and sisters, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved. 2. "Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable". Inasmuch as Christ was put into the prison of the tomb as a hostage and bail for His people, faith knows that He never could have come out again if God had not been completely satisfied with His substitutionary work. Confession of Christ is as necessary as faith in Him, but necessary for a different purpose. He who declares his belief makes a profession. Related Commentaries for Romans 10. It is believing with the heart. And with the mouth confession is made - So as to obtain final salvation. I point you to the example of Christ. Wesley's Romans 10:10 Bible Commentary 10:10 For with the heart - Not the understanding only.Man believeth to righteousness - So as to obtain justification.And with the mouth confession is made - So as to obtain final salvation. 10. BibliographyPett, Peter. Believeth unto righteousness - Believes so that justification is obtained. Romans 10:17. (18-21) Commentary on Romans 10:1-4 (W. G. (McGuiggan p. 310). They cannot bring themselves to forsake their worldliness and sin, and therefore come to the consideration of the gospel message, if they consider it at all, with prejudiced minds. “With the heart man believeth unto righteousness.”. True religion makes the church active, demonstrative and uproarious like a graveyard on the resurrection morn. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Righteousness here, and in the passages which refer to Romans 10:10, means that righteousness of God which is judicially reckoned to all who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ; believers are the righteous. This may often have the appearance of true faith; but it is not the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Many things connected with the Gospel may be believed by the natural man, and each of the doctrines taken separately may be in some way received by him, as notions of lights and colors are received by the blind. Romans 10:9, ESV: "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." He had knowledge of the truth, but he had not the courage to avow it; while Luther smote the triple crown upon the Pope’s brow. A man who should read Tennyson as a microscopist would examine an insect, how preposterous his conduct would be! In him all their demands are satisfied, and all their types and shadows are answered, Romans 10:4. There must be no confession where there is not a believing. It is the grossest error to view any of these pairings of the conditions on which God promises salvation to people as excluding any of the conditions omitted from any one of the pairs. 1871-8. “What’s wrong?” I said. There is in his eyes a real distinction to be made between being justified and being saved. The heart that looks on when the eyelids close. | Powered by WordPress. “In the first ages, the spreading of the gospel depended, in a great measure, on Christ’s disciples confessing him openly before the world, and on their sealing their confession with their blood. Newbolt (W. C. E.), The Gospel Message, 104. Barrett.]. "Commentary on Romans 10:10". 3. Hence Christ required it, in the most express terms, and threatened to deny those who denied him, Matthew 10:32-33; 1 John 4:15. 150. (C. H. To profess what you have not, is to make yourself a deceptive trader, who pretends to be carrying on a very large business, while he has no stock and no capital. Lose it, and gain your soul, and you will be unfashionable! What is it to be fashionable? Thither the human soul of our Savior descended while His body lay in the tomb, proclaiming His victory in the pandemonium, and crossing the intervening chasm into the intermediate paradise, “Abraham’s bosom,” meeting the thief the same day he was crucified, and “leading captive” all the Old Testament saints, there waiting in joy ineffable the completion of the redemptive scheme and the sealing of the Abrahamic covenant with His blood, leading them up with Him, invisible, because they did not have their bodies: accompanying Him for forty days on earth previous to His resurrection, and ascending with Him into glory, the first fruits of the triumphant Mediatorial kingdom (1 Peter 3:19; Ephesians 4:8-10; Acts 2:27-31). 4. - And be sincere in this: for with the heart, duly affected with a sense of guilt, and of the sufficiency of the sacrifice which Christ has offered, man believeth unto righteousness, believeth to receive justification; for this is the proper meaning of the term here, and in many other parts of this epistle; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Jan 12, 1986. Let this be our “heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel.” Sorrows upon sorrows have come to the Lord’s ancient people even down to this day; and they have been scattered and peeled, and rent and torn in … Various meanings have been given to this name. 10. For (refers back to Romans 10:6, where the above words were ascribed to ἡ ἐκ πίστεως δικαιοσύνη, and explains how πιστεύς. He shall stand with me in the day of my glory. Copyright StatementThe Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament. He who acts with them in the prayer meeting, in the sanctuary, and in deeds of benevolence, does it. Romans 10:4 "For Christ [is] the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth." They are coordinates in every sense of the word. This is the Scripture testimony, and it corroborates the experience of men. After a few days, he brought home for her a casket of jewels. (2) Hope to inspire effort. Be patient, heart, light breaketh by and by. In the apostolic times, those who believed were constant in the apostle’s doctrine, and in breaking of bread, and in prayer. She came to him, one day, with her hands full of little beads, greatly delighted, to show them. Scripture: Romans 10:1. It is true to say that such a confession as is meant here was made at baptism; but to limit it to baptism, or to use this verse to prove baptism essential to salvation, is, as Weiss says, unerhörter Dogmatismus. Browse Sermons on Romans 10:10. The faith of the Gospel is not a speculation, it is not such a knowledge of religion as may be acquired like human science. The object of faith (verse 9). The current seems to carry him in another direction; yet there is hope; it is taking another turn. γράφει τὴν δικ.] 2. Salvation is not merely based on a whim, an intellectual exercise or the acquisition of some factual head-knowledge. The moral character of their zeal and its effects were determined by the immediate objects towards which it was directed, Romans 10:2. Romans 10:1-11 Man’s Responsibility? And here is a poor guilty wanderer, who has long and grievously offended against his heavenly Father. Along with the revelation of this scheme of mercy the Bible sets forth conditions apart from which we can have no share in the blessings of Christ’s death, imposing duties on the performance of which our future portion is made to depend, and annexing threatenings and promises just as though we were to be judged by our works irrespective of the blood of the Redeemer. So to do, makes both for the glory of God, and for our own real good and advantage. To look at Jesus Christ touches the heart so that it is constrained by the love of Christ, so as to live, not for itself but for Him. 1863-1878. Note the abundance of connecting words with which Paul links one thought to another: "but" (vv. 2. Mr. Brown had suddenly been stricken down by death, and in a moment had been called from time into eternity. Christ is every thing in the religion of the true believer. The media loves to publish the sins of the saints. New York, USA. 1. The want of courage to confess, is decisive evidence of the want of heart to believe, Romans 10:9, Romans 10:10. “The righteousness obtained by faith would, forsooth, fall to the ground again, and would not be attended by salvation, if faith had not the vital force to produce confession of the mouth, which speaks out of the fulness of the heart.” For the confession indicated is not that merely of the lip, but true and bold acknowledgment of Christ both in deed and word, Jesus Christ “before Pontius Pilate witnessed s good confession” (1 Timothy 6:13)--one that cost Him His life; and any union with Him which has not in it the spirit of devoted loyalty to Him, even unto death, if needful, is vain (Matthew 10:28-33; Revelation 21:8; Hebrews 11:33). Because the testimony is that He died for our sins, and His resurrection is the proof that the sin is purged; for our Substitute has been discharged and restored to deathless life. Impersonal construction, “it is believed” (present passive indicative of πιστευω pisteuō). But a single passage in the whole canon attributes thought to the head. His faith brings before him the “things unseen” (Hebrews 11:1), and he no longer walks under the influence of the things of sight, like the children of this world (2 Corinthians 5:7). 574. Now, it is often the case that a true-hearted, simple-minded man, believing the gospels without a particle of intellectual evidence, but with a hungry heart and with a real love of things that are spiritual, is led to believe, I had almost said, without the operation of his reason at all. In this Romans 10:10, Paul returns to the natural and psychological order, according to which faith precedes profession. The people said, “This is the heir; let us insult him.” Others said he was no heir at all. The Bible tells him, moreover, of an amazing scheme of rescue planned and executed by God on behalf of himself and his fellow-men. College Press, Joplin, MO. John Piper Jan 5, 1986 19 Shares Sermon. (12-17) The Jews might know this from Old Testament prophecies. ), We remember to have heard a preacher describe this act of faith as follows:--“Look at that drowning man, hurried down the stream by the furious torrent with which he is convulsively struggling. The natural man cannot discern the things of the Spirit. Unbelief, or the refusal to submit to God's plan of salvation, is the immediate ground of the condemnation or rejection of those who perish under the sound of the gospel, Romans 10:3. Paul points out that it is with the heart that a person believes unto righteousness. It sets God before Him as giving His own Son, and that Son as giving Himself to ignominy and shame that pardon might be placed within reach of the sinful. 321.]. We might render: ‘faith is exercised,’ to conform with ‘confession is made.’. "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". II. But confession of Christ is the effect of faith, and will be evidence of it at the last day. 3. 1896. Righteousness and salvation. The popular churches are filled up with people who have nothing but intellectual faith, like the devils in hell, who are very orthodox, giving us a perpetual illustration of the unsalvability peculiar to intellectual faith, otherwise they would all be saved and get out of there in a hurry. Romans 10:9 explains the quotation used in Romans 10:8, “The word is very nigh thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart.” The order is suggested by literary association, not by theological formulation. His main purpose is to demonstrate by means of the law itself that it had its goal in Christ all along. The very highest image, therefore, of the contrariety of Christianity to sin is instanced in the identification of the Christian with the death of Christ. He fulfills, and by fulfilling abolishes the law, by whose demands the sinner was weighed down in despair; and his merit secures the justification of every one that confides in him, Romans 10:4. (J. Lyth, D.D.). BibliographyEllicott, Charles John. Confession is not a condition of justification but the outcome of salvation. Man believeth to righteousness - So as to obtain justification. Faith, says the Westminster Confession, justifies a sinner in the sight of God, not because of those other graces which do always accompany it; or of good works that are the fruits of it; nor as if the grace of faith, or any act thereof, were imputed to him for his justification; but only as it is an instrument, by which he receiveth and applieth Christs righteousness.. A child is sinking in a stream; you see a man at the risk of his life leap in to save the precious life. The Ethiopian travelled all the way from the realm of Candace, in order that he might be present at the distinctive worship of the Jew. But you are so timid! It is the heart that feels God, not the reason. 1765. Faith springs up spontaneously, or not at all. “Without faith it is impossible to please God”; and without faith, belief, it is impossible to enjoy the advantages of civilised life. “Oh, I have read on that subject; I know all about it.” How little have men read, how little have they pondered, how little have they ever had the slightest idea that their judgments have been influenced by their dispositions, by their conduct, by their wishes and longings, by their self-indulgence--how little have they come to form a judgment against the pulling-down influences that act upon them! And as modern science claims to have shown that the head, the brain, is the seat of thought, so we often have the antithesis head and heart as expressing intellect and sensibilities. Remember how dishonourable it is to say you believe, and yet not to make confession. Beecher. With the mouth confession is made unto salvation: our adversaries the papists make great use of this text, to prove that good works, as confession, &c., are the cause of salvation; whereas confession is required here, not as the cause, but as the means thereof. When we confess and believe we are immediately righteous in the sight of God and will live forever on that basis, and we are also told we “will be saved,” and thus have everlasting life on that basis as well. The sincere acceptance of the proffered righteousness of God, and the open acknowledgment of Jesus Christ as Lord, Romans 10:6-9. and going … BibliographyConstable, Thomas. Not only his intellect and emotions and affections, but the whole nature in all its scope and powers—all are taken up into this “righteousness of faith.”. This is what we all want. Faith in these things must lead to effort, to obedience, to self-denial. If you break down half a dozen times, try again; you shall find your talents increase. Romans 10:14. This is how a Christian’s profession is to be carried on. It is that particular mode of thinking that is guided to its object by the testimony of another, or by some kind of inter-mediation. As “mouth “is mentioned before “heart,” St. Paul speaks of confession of Christ before belief in Christ, but in Romans 10:10 he rearranges his statement in true logical sequence. If there is peril in empty and light speech about sacred things, if there is little or no value in the glibness of a shallow heart that can chatter out all its most sacred experiences as if they were articles in the inventory of an auctioneer, there is even more peril in our never speaking at all of Him who has saved us. Also impersonal. 1832. The faith of the heart must be openly confessed. The apostle clearly intends by “the heart” the inner, as contrasted with the external man; and not the emotional, as opposed to the intelligent man. Belief with the heart must come first, confession with the mouth is the natural resultant. 1897-1910. It is told in the Memoirs of Dr. Chalmers that he spent an evening at Edgarstoun in the house of Mr. Rutherford. Do not excuse yourself from this, for no excuse will be valid. He who is wrong here, ruins his own soul; and if he teaches any other than the scriptural method of justification, he ruins the souls of others, Romans 10:3. Broadman Press 1932,33. Justifying faith is the belief of the testimony of Christ, and trust in Him who is the subject of that testimony. Romans 10:1 Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. They had one mind, and one heart. Salvation comes to those who acknowledge (confess) that Jesus is God and believe in the resurrection. All rights reserved. Each Church, while teaching the same truths as the others, had its own form of expressing them. The ocean that He has made is not ashamed to roll, the lightning of heaven to play, the oak to spread out its boughs, the flower to bloom. This belief was not an act of the intellect alone; it was scarcely even a conscious act of the individual. Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary. What is evidence? The using of our position as a method of confession. 10:10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness. This is the order—belief with the heart first, and confession with the mouth afterwards. If a Christian truly believes something, he or she will want to share it. Now, soul-saving faith rests upon Christ--, 2. 5. What aspect of salvation does taking a public stand for Christ secure? Click a verse to see commentary Select a resource above ... and that a similar instance is found in Romans 9:25, where Christ is said to have been delivered for our offenses, and to have risen again for our justification; which means, that by his death and resurrection our offenses are blotted out, and justification is obtained. 4. With the mouth confession is man unto salvation. It is then in the very centre of our spiritual being that faith has its seat and its spring. I point you to the example of Paul. On the passage before us, Calvin remarks, The seat of faith, it deserves to be observed, is not in the brain, but the heart; not that I wish to enter into any dispute concerning the part of the body which is the seat of faith, but since the word heart generally means a serious, sincere, ardent affection, I am desirous to show the confidence of faith to be a firm, efficacious, and operative principle in all the emotions and feelings of the soul, not a mere naked notion of the head. And with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. This is for the sake of physical observations. Romans 10:9 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Romans 10:9, NIV: "If you declare with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." BibliographyCoffman, James Burton. "Cambridge Greek Testament for Schools and Colleges". If God cannot justify, or pronounce righteous the ungodly, how could we be justified? 12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. for now it is that you are to make confession unto salvation. Some of the modern translations have obscured and altered the meaning of God's word in this verse. There are some, perhaps, whose husband’s last words were, “If you go to church you will never enter my house again”; but it is not so with nine hundred and ninety-nine out of a thousand. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. Here belief comes first, in accordance with Christian experience. Jewish tradition had possibly already referred them to the Christ; and certainly our Lord’s use of Psalms 118:22—“The stone which the builders rejected”—as applying to His own rejection, made the reference more obvious. When a man goes away trusting one night, and comes back doubting the next, it is an infallible sign that he has not confessed Christ.” He then said, “You are quite right; I live alone with my mother, who is a Christian. He said the old man simply turned to the 32nd Psalm and read him these two verses: “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go; I will counsel thee with mine eye upon thee. 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