Romans 10 (my breakdown of it)

1Brothers and sisters, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved.
2For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge.
2 I bear them witness that they have a [certain] zeal and enthusiasm for God, but it is not enlightened and according to [correct and vital] knowledge.
He is saying that they act like they are excited for this and that they want this but they do not understand what it really means
They act like they love and are after God but they do not truly have any knowledge of Him
Or it is at least not the correct knowledge
Like they understand it wrong
it doesn’t mean they are purposely acting this way (like they are being fake) it is just saying that they think they are truly after this and that they have this great love but really they do not correctly understand it
3Since they did not know the righteousness of God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness.
3 For being ignorant of the righteousness that God ascribes [which makes one acceptable to Him in word, thought, and deed] and seeking to establish a righteousness (a means of salvation) of their own, they did not obey or submit themselves to God’s righteousness.
Submit means to: accept or yield to a superior force or to the authority or will of another person.
These whom Paul was speaking to were still trying to fix themselves… they were trying to be good and right in themselves… they were submitting themselves to God, bringing themselves lower than him and realizing their need to have Christ be all that for them
They haven’t began to truly see the great righteousness of God… they think they understand but they haven’t truly seen it yet… like they don’t understand who Christ really is
4: For Christ [is] the end of the law for righteousness to everyone that believeth.
4 For Christ is the end of the Law [the limit at which it ceases to be, for the Law leads up to Him Who is the fulfillment of its types, and in Him the purpose which it was designed to accomplish is fulfilled. That is, the purpose of the Law is fulfilled in Him] as the means of righteousness (right relationship to God) for everyone who trusts in and adheres to and relies on Him.
When Christ came he fulfilled the law… as in everything that we were commanded to or not to do ended with Christ… all of our striving to be what god wanted was done away with. We are made righteous thru Christ… He fulfilled all God wanted – his blood satisfied God so that man could be seen as righteous before God… 2 Corinthians 5:21New King James Version (NKJV) For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
This is to THOSE THAT BELIEVE
If we do not believe it really is made of no effect to us…
Jesus took all our sin upon himself and did away with it
2 Co 5:21 For our sake He made Christ [virtually] to be sin Who knew no sin, so that in and through Him we might become [[a]endued with, viewed as being in, and examples of] the righteousness of God [what we ought to be, approved and acceptable and in right relationship with Him, by His goodness].
He was made to be our sin as in he took all that we were and became it kind of and then crucified everything that we were (sin included) and had it done away with
5- For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them.
5 For Moses writes that the man who [can] practice the righteousness (perfect conformity to God’s will) which is based on the Law [with all its intricate demands] shall live by it.
For Moses writes about the righteousness that is from the law : The one who does these things will live by them.
Moses talked of us following laws, right? So basically we lived by doing good (which we failed at constantly)
But the righteousness that comes from faith speaks like this: Do not say in your heart, “Who will go up to heaven? ” that is, to bring Christ down
6 But the righteousness based on faith [imputed by God and bringing right relationship with Him] says, Do not say in your heart, Who will ascend into Heaven? that is, to bring Christ down;
We are not above Christ… we cannot ever be as righteous as He is so why do we think in our hearts we can do it in ourselves
So by us trying it is like we are somewhat bringing Him down
Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead. )
7 Or who will descend into the abyss? that is, to bring Christ up from the dead [as if we could be saved by our own efforts].
How I see it is it is saying who are we to think we will ever measure up to God’s standards…. We will never be as righteous as Christ in ourselves so why do we try so hard to be good people in ourselves… We did not die, we didn’t go to hell, or get raised from the dead and go to heaven- Christ did! So it is in Him and Him only we are found righteous in God’s sight
But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, [even] in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
8 But what does it say? The Word (God’s message in Christ) is near you, on your lips and in your heart; that is, the Word (the message, the basis and object) of faith which we preach,
9 Because if you acknowledge and confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and in your heart believe (adhere to, trust in, and rely on the truth) that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
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.
For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
10 For with the heart a person believes (adheres to, trusts in, and relies on Christ) and so is justified (declared righteous, acceptable to God), and with the mouth he confesses (declares openly and speaks out freely his faith) and confirms [his] salvation.
For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
11 The Scripture says, No man who believes in Him [who adheres to, relies on, and trusts in Him] will [ever] be put to shame or be disappointed.
It says that if we continue to believe we won’t be disappointed
Sometimes we are put it very hard and difficult places when following God… and we are full of fear, worry, etc. But his promise is if we just keep believing we WILL NOT be disappointed
“If we rely and trust in Him we will not be disappointed
You may think, “That’s something all Christians should know”
Knowing it as knowledge though and KNOWING it is two different things
There are times where it becomes EXTREMELY hard to follow Christ (not just being a Christian but taking the path He is given you even when it doesn’t make sense) … I have been in many places where I was terrified, scared, afraid, worried, and all other horrible feelings or plain did not want to go in a way God was leading me… There are things sometimes God test us on and says “I’m going to take this away. It is going to be painful, it is going to hurt, and it will feel like I’m splitting you in half, I am going to put this to death that is of nature in your life. Trust me, ok?” And we freak out, “Oh God! Why? Why are things so hard” and we whine and complain and feel like we’re dying… It’s like we forget everything we know in the bible about trusting god because it feels like he is killing you sometimes… but that is how we come to know Him… So yea it’s easy to say we should all know that… But is it so in your being that you won’t turn back when things get EXTREMELY difficult? I still have times I don’t understand and tell God I’m confused or have times I have to give up things that take everything in me to let go of…
But if we continue to trust Him and believe on Him, WE WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED… Now THAT is a promise!
There are things we think we will need. There are things that it is not necessarily that we don’t need them, it is just that God sees they are more important to us than He is or He is testing if it is more important
We will have hopes and dreams that may simply just not be his will
We may have to separate from family that just doesn’t want to go on
We may have to let things go than mean everything to us
He tries and tests us- that is how we are made holy and pure
As we follow God, it is like every area of our life gets assessed and looked at closely by God… It gets tested… EVERYTHING
I don’t see it as just other; I look at it as myself
Do I allow such things to be brought about in me?
The word of God is supposed to search our hearts and finds things wrong with us- to give us understanding
Like that email I sent
I want God to search my heart and examine it closely and find what needs dealing with
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.
12 [No one] for there is no distinction between Jew and Greek. The same Lord is Lord over all [of us] and He generously bestows His riches upon all who call upon Him [in faith].
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
13 For everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord [invoking Him as Lord] will be saved.
It doesn’t matter how good (like the Jews were seen as holy-but is was an outward holiness-they appeared to be very good/holy people) or bad (Greeks were seen as evil and sinners)… either way there is one Lord over us who covers us completely in his kindness, love, mercy, grace, righteousness, etc. and makes us what we should be IN HIM…………that word saved means “save, heal, preserve, rescue. Deliver out of danger and into safety; used principally of God rescuing believers from the penalty and power of sin – and into His provisions (safety).
When we call upon him we are saved, we are rescued from sin and death and given life
You can appear like a good person on the outside… All the Pharisees did… They seemed to be good people and were seen as holy and righteous like they didn’t steal, kill, lie, cheat, etc…. but there is a difference in being holy on the outside (seen as good) and the inside (what is truly you)…. have you ever heard the term white-washed… its when you make something look good and beautiful on the outside but it is deceiving. “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside is full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean.” (Matthew 23:27) When people try to be good in them- acting like what they think is holy- they are just covering up what they truly are because none of us are good. Being good on the inside- is like having what we have talked about in the past- a perfect heart which is having a heart completely after God
How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?
14 But how are people to call upon Him Whom they have not believed [in Whom they have no faith, on Whom they have no reliance]? And how are they to believe in Him [adhere to, trust in, and rely upon Him] of Whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without a preacher?
How are people supposed to call out to God if they do not believe in Him?
You’re not going to call out to something you don’t believe in
And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
15 And how can men [be expected to] preach unless they are sent? As it is written, How beautiful are the feet of those who bring glad tidings! [How welcome is the coming of those who preach the good news of His good things!]
How you can’t call on God if you don’t believe in Him… and you can’t believe in Him if you havent heard about them and you can hear about Him without a preacher… and noone can preach without being sent by God… So praise God for those who are sent to preach so that we may hear, believe and call on God
But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?
16 But they have not all heeded the Gospel; for Isaiah says, Lord, who has believed (had faith in) what he has heard from us?
Esaias is Isaiah in Greek… speaking of Isaiah the prophet
“Who has believed our report is a verse in Isaiah
Some people are given the opportunity to hear and yet still do not believe
So then faith [cometh] by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
17 So faith comes by hearing [what is told], and what is heard comes by the preaching [of the message that came from the lips] of Christ (the Messiah Himself).
God give US ears to hear
To truly understand and believe what it taught
Not just think we know it
But truly KNOW it with God showing us by His Spirit
But I ask, “Did they not hear?  ” Yes, they did: Their voice has gone out to all the earth, and their words to the ends of the inhabited world.
But I ask, “Did they not hear?  ” Yes, they did: Their voice has gone out to all the earth, and their words to the ends of the inhabited world.
It is all of our nature… it is US
We don’t hear it
We think we do
We think we understand
But unless helped by the Holy Spirit we ARE NOT truly understanding
That’s why we cry out for the Holy Spirit to open our eyes, help our ears to hear, help our minds to understand
WE CANT IN OURSELVES
It’s above our understanding
God help us to understand and not just think we “have got it”
Not feel like we understand it all
There is so much I do not understand or see fully
In our nature we are blind to the things of God
It is gut-wrenching… even when we want it-sometimes we can’t see… Paul cried out, “God deliver me from this body of death!” God deliver me from my nature, my natural sight, my natural hearing, my natural feelings, all that which I was born with…. and cause me to see spiritually, to hear spiritually, to feel your presence
I have been in those places where you just aren’t seeing it
You feel like you don’t get it
You get upset with yourself
Its like, “God help me!!!! I am not seeing it! And if I don’t get a hold of you, I am not going to make it!”
We get to that place we must trust in Him to give us His Spirit to show us
He has promised us all “spiritual blessings in Christ’
Including spiritual sight or the ability to understand what God is trying to say
But I say, Did not Israel know? First Moses saith, I will provoke you to jealousy by [them that are] no people, [and] by a foolish nation I will anger you.
19 Again I ask, Did Israel not understand? [Did the Jews have no warning that the Gospel was to go forth to the Gentiles, to all the earth?] First, there is Moses who says, I will make you jealous of those who are not a nation; with a foolish nation I will make you angry.
He is speaking of GOD’s PEOPLE (Israel) showing you it is not talking just about those in the world but Christians even.. Did they not understand?
But Esaias is very bold, and saith, I was found of them that sought me not; I was made manifest unto them that asked not after me.
20 Then Isaiah is so bold as to say, I have been found by those who did not seek Me; I have shown (revealed) Myself to those who did not [consciously] ask for Me.
But to Israel he saith, All day long I have stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people.
21 But of Israel he says, All day long I have stretched out My hands to a people unyielding and disobedient and self-willed [to a faultfinding, contrary, and contradicting people].
Those who are God’s people who assume they know the message will miss it
God says I will show the gentiles who I am even because at least they don’t just assume they know me and are not in need of me
The gentiles know they are not holy
They know they are in need of a God- they are dirty and know they are blind…
God wants to help those who cannot help themselves
He wants to be GOD to them- which means doing something they can’t in themselves
He wants to show those who can’t see
It’s like he kneels down to those broken due to their blindness and say, “I understand you can’t see and I am going to help you, I have given you my son Jesus Christ and my Holy Spirit and in them you can see.”
Why do you think he healed so many blind people in the bible? He just liked it? No! He did it because blindness was a problem (SPIRITUAL BLINDNESS) People weren’t seeing God- they thought they were
But they weren’t TRULY getting it
So he sees these blind people crying out, “Jesus, help me I can’t see! Heal my blindness!” And he does it because they understand their need
He is trying to get Christians to see their need to see their need… sounds confusing but a Christian should never believe he understands it all… we should not trust our own understanding and read something and be like I got this… quite the opposite we should cry out to God, “Help me to see it. I might miss it. What are you trying to show me?”
“Does this apply to me? Is it something that needs to be dealt with in my life?”
The word is to analyze our hearts
We aren’t supposed to read it and think of how everyone else is not like that- but are we like that?
It brings assessment upon US
It is a sword that divides OUR soul and SPIRIT
That’s why it is important for us to read the word
We come to know God thru His Son and we also see our need for Him because we just do not add up
The word shows us our unworthiness to God and helps us see our need for Christ
That is how and why we fall in love with Him
That’s how we come to know Him- We fall in love with Him because we see how great a love he has that he would fall in love with such ugly sinners as we, and we only see our ugliness as we see how we do not add up and we see his beauty because he does
WE ARE NOT AND NEVER WILL BE GOOD ENOUGH FOR GOD
But Christ is
And he knew that so he died for us so that we could even have a relationship with Almighty God

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