ZEAL WITHOUT KNOWLEDGE
The Apostle Paul in Romans chapter ten addresses a perpetual problem.
The Israelite was a proud people. If anyone knew God and had been blessed by Him, it would be the Israelite.
They had first hand knowledge of God through the prophets.
It was the nation of
How could anyone know more about God than these people?
Yet, stumbling at the stumbling block, they as a whole were now blind to the truth concerning Christ.
This troubled Paul and prompted the response we find in Romans 10.
I. THE APOSTLES CONCERN (vs 1)
How did the Apostle Paul acquire this desire?
How can one look upon the face of an unsaved person and not see the need for salvation?
How can one visit the hospital and not sympathize with the sick?
When a person is saved and then begins to go, he cannot help but sympathized with those in need.
5 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.
6 He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.
The more you go the greater your burden.
The Action taken.
10 And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.
15 The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.
3 Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.
7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
Paul prayed as if everything depended upon God and he worked as if it all depended upon him.
We should follow Paul’s example in prayer and service.
1 Cor 16:10
10 Now if Timotheus come, see that he may be with you without fear: for he worketh the work of the Lord, as I also do.
2 Cor 5:9
9 Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.
3 And I intreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, whose names are in the book of life.
2 We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers;
3 Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;
II. THE FALSE CONCEPTION (2-5)
Based in ignorance of God’s plan.
God has a plan for mankind.
The nation of
In an effort to be righteous in their own eyes, they overlooked God’s plan for being righteous in God’s eyes.
They thought that by obeying the law, as best they could, they would merit God’s pardon.
God’s plan for pardon is faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ on
Stumbling at the stumbling block lost sight of God’s plan for salvation.
32 Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone;
33 As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
14 And he shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence to both the houses of
15 And many among them shall stumble, and fall, and be broken, and be snared, and be taken.
This false concept of salvation is based in human philosophy.
1 Cor 2:6-10
6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:
7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:
8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
18 Then certain philosophers of the Epicureans, and of the Stoicks, encountered him. And some said, What will this babbler say? other some, He seemeth to be a setter forth of strange gods: because he preached unto them Jesus, and the resurrection.
8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
Spoil means to take away or to take your riches.
III. THE TRUE CONCEPT (6-11)
6 But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:)
7 Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)
To say that man can bring himself into heaven is to deny the significance of Christ death and resurrection, therefore bringing Christ down from above.
It would mean that man is as good as Christ.
It would mean that Christ was a mere sinful man. Bring Him down from the position He rightly deserves.
To condemn one to spend eternity in hell is to say that that person cannot be saved.
Therefore, nullifying what Christ did on
Nullifying Christ death would bring Him up again from the dead because it says He did not die for our sins.
Is based in Christ.
From Genesis through Revelation we are told of Christ.
The One Who would die for our sins.
15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
9 Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.
10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
11 And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:
12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;
The true concept is not found in man but in God.
When we try to find relief from the suffering of sin, the world and temptation, the only place to look is to Jesus Christ.
He is the answer to all life’s problems.
Christ certainly is as the song proclaims “all I need”.
Access comes through faith in Christ.
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
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.
13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.