Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.
Paul’s heart’s desire also translated into concrete action: prayer to God for Israel. Paul didn’t just “care,” he prayed.
For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.
In other words, “These people mean well. They truly love a concept of God and try to please Him. But they are ignorant of what He has provided for them in Jesus Christ!" Focus your zeal a get to know the real Jesus.
Romans 10: 3-4:
3 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God.
4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.
Paul talked about the Israelites were very zealous for God. They wanted to be God’s people, so they sought out how to be righteous before God on their own. They would not submit to the righteousness of God–that is Jesus.
All over the world there are many people who claim to believe in God. They are quick to say that they have a belief in God. Many will say that they believe that they will get into heaven.
When asked why they will get into heaven, many will say because they are a good person, never killed anyone and believe in God. They believe that their own works will get them into heaven.
Many in the church believe in the same way, they believe that they are righteous because of what they do. They go to church, read the bible, and are a good person. [SOURCE: Insights from Tom]
Romans 10:5-17: For Moses writes about the righteousness which is of the law, “The man who does those things shall live by them.
6 But the righteousness of faith speaks in this way, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down from above)
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 which we preach):
9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.”
12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him.
13 For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
14 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?
15 And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written:
“How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!”
6 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our report?”
In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don’t.
-Blaise Pascal (1623-1662)
Through Jesus the new covenant promises salvation from sin. Romans 10:13 “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” A sinful way of life is characterized by being a slave to the worldly things that you have a passion for and love in such a way as to suffer over them. It is the will of a merciful God that all should be saved. Jesus came to extend his grace and fight for us, to free us from this slavery. God put an end to the division between him and his children, the division put there by Satan’s cultivated corruption, stealing peace, killing dreams, and destroying futures. Isaiah 9:7 “Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. -Karen Marie Parker
Romans 10:10 says, “For with the heart one believes unto righteousness.” Real faith is not just intellectual concepts nor theology nor doctrine. It is heart faith which works along one primary line—love. In conjunction with this, look at Galatians 5:6: For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love. That is a simple, yet profound, statement. We need to constantly remind ourselves that the only thing that really matters in the whole Christian life is faith that works by love. We can get so sophisticated that we have answers to all sorts of theological questions and still miss the one central reality—faith in the heart working by love. Without that, you have missed it all. -Derek Prince
But I say, have they not heard? Yes indeed:
“Their sound has gone out to all the earth,
And their words to the ends of the world.”
19 But I say, did Israel not know? First Moses says:
“I will provoke you to jealousy by those who are not a nation,
I will move you to anger by a foolish nation.”
20 But Isaiah is very bold and says:
“I was found by those who did not seek Me;
I was made manifest to those who did not ask for Me.”
21 But to Israel he says:
“All day long I have stretched out My hands
To a disobedient and contrary people.”
Did not the Jews know that the Gentiles were to be called in? They might have known it from Moses and Isaiah. Isaiah speaks plainly of the grace and favour of God, as going before in the receiving of the Gentiles. Was not this our own case? Did not God begin in love, and make himself known to us when we did not ask after him? The patience of God towards provoking sinners is wonderful. The time of God's patience is called a day, light as day, and fit for work and business; but limited as a day, and there is a night at the end of it. God's patience makes man's disobedience worse, and renders that the more sinful. We may wonder at the mercy of God, that his goodness is not overcome by man's badness; we may wonder at the wickedness of man, that his badness is not overcome by God's goodness. And it is a matter of joy to think that God has sent the message of grace to so many millions, by the wide spread of his gospel. --Matthew Henrys