Green Valley Sermons

Christ is the Goal  

Sunday, May 3, 2015         

Rom 10:1- 17

1 Brethren, my heart's desire and my prayer to God for them is for their salvation. 2 For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not in accordance with knowledge. 3 For not knowing about God's righteousness, and seeking to establish their own, they did not subject themselves to the righteousness of God. 4 For Christ is the end {goal} of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. 5 For Moses writes that the man who practices the righteousness which is based on law shall live by that righteousness. 6 But the righteousness based on faith speaks thus, "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 which we are preaching, 9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved; 10 for with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, "Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed." 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call upon Him; 13 for "Whoever will call upon the name of the Lord will be saved." 14 How then shall they call upon Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 And how shall they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring glad tidings of good things!"

16 However, they did not all heed the glad tidings; for Isaiah says, " Lord, who has believed our report?" 17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Who will condemn us? Jesus sits at the right hand of God interceding for believers.

Paul continues his appeal to Israel. He desires them to be saved. He pleads with them to accept the grace of God. He urges them, and us, to submit to the Lordship of Our Heavenly Father through the Lord Jesus Christ. Whoever puts their faith in Him will not be disappointed. Whoever trusts Him will be saved. Whoever calls on Him when they hear the truth preached will be brought into fellowship with God Almighty, Creator of the Universe.

When Paul said Christ is the end of the law for righteousness in verse 4. The word end there could have been translated goal. The idea here is not that the law is to be abandoned, that it is at an end or of no further use. The idea is that the purpose, or the goal, of the law is to lead us to Christ. Christ is the goal of the law for righteousness.

Paul speaks of two “righteousnesses”. He speaks of God's righteousness and our own. Paul's people, the Israelites, have been seeking a righteousness of their own instead of the righteousness of God. They sought that righteousness by obeying the law in their own wisdom... their own strength. In doing so they have missed the purpose of the law.

Our righteousness needs to come from God, not from ourselves. God's righteousness comes as we walk in fellowship with God. Our righteousness comes when we seek to earn our relationship with God. For you see, we, like the Israelites, too often seek to be worthy of God by ourselves.

The righteousness we need grows out of living in fellowship with God. He becomes the source. He gave the law to lead us to Him, to help us see that we fall short of His will for us.

When Paul said All fall short of the Glory of God. He was talking about all of us. Anytime we walk in the flesh instead of in the Spirit, we fall short of what God intended for us. We are living for self, instead of living for God. We are living by the law instead of living by faith in God.

When John quoted Jesus in saying that God is the vine and we are the branches, this is the truth He was teaching. We have no goodness apart from the goodness imparted to us from God. It is as we live in fellowship with Him that we begin fulfilling the purpose of the law. The law without the Spirit is dead. We are dead when we attempt to do anything apart from God.

When the Israelites, or we, seek to be righteous within ourselves, we fall short of God's plan for us. But, when we put our faith in God and in the love of God expressed through the life and death and re-birth of Jesus, we are filled with the Spirit of God and are to follow Him as He teaches us how to use the law to grow in the grace and knowledge of God. He, the Spirit, lives within us becoming the fountain of life giving water that wells up within us and overflows in love to God and love to one another.

We were not intended to be able to live apart from God. When we move away from Him, we move away from the source of life and hope that can only come from the living God who loves us and desires to wrap us in His arms and be to us Lord, Father, Abba, Daddy, King above all kings, Redeemer, Savior, Great Physician, Wonderful Counselor, Almighty God and lover of our souls.

God loves me and He is my Lord.

"The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart" — that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, 9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved; 10 for with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, "Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed."

The word of faith that we are preaching... Have you put your faith in God? Or are you still trying to win His love for you? Are you trying on your own to obey the rules so that God will accept you? Or do you believe that He loves you and wants to come in to you and lead you into the glory that He had planned for you from the foundation of the world?

We were made to walk with God and enjoy the gifts that He gives us with Him. We were made to walk in fellowship with the Spirit of God, not to live alone, separated from Him by our selfish, fleshly desires. We were made to love Him with our whole being. We cannot do that alone. We need Him to be in us, closer than a brother. We need Him to abide with us as we look forward to the glory of never being separated from Him again in the future glory He is preparing for us.

The word is near you, the word of faith that we are preaching. Confess Him to be Lord of your life. Admit that without Him you can do nothing that is worthwhile in the light of eternity. Confess that without Him you are without hope. He must be Lord. Agree with this truth. He is Lord. Pray that He will come in and be Lord in name, but also Lord in truth. Without Him in you, leading you by His Spirit and His Word, we fall short of His plan for us; we fall short of the glory for which we were created.

The word is near you, the word of faith that we are preaching. Believe Him to be Lord. Believe Him to have sent the Messiah, the Christ, to show us the way of truth. Believe Him to have allowed Jesus to be crucified, buried, but not abandoned. Believe that God raised Jesus from the dead. Believe that you have been crucified with Christ, and that you have been raised to new life, to the life lived by the Spirit in the presence of God, the great Emmanuel, God is with us. Believe in your heart these truths that we preach. Trust that God loves you this much to do this for you even though you have been living without Him.

Believe that God living in you brings about the righteousness of God in you. This is the righteousness we need. Not our own pitiful attempts to please God in our own power. We do not need the self-righteousness that puffs us up and makes us proud of our own accomplishments. Believe in the righteousness of God that He will develop in you as you grow in your experience of the Presence of God in your life. We do not need the self-righteousness that comes as we seek to be seen by men as we stand on the corner and mouth empty platitudes that we call prayer.

We must believe in our hearts that God loves us and has a wonderful plan for our lives. He will guide us as we seek Him and trust Him. Where is your faith? Are you trusting in God or trusting in yourself. Are you walking in the flesh or are you walking in the Spirit?

12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call upon Him;

Paul calls out to Jew and Gentile. God is seeking all men to come to Him. He is not willing that any should perish, but that all would come to a saving knowledge of the truth. Jesus is that truth. He is Emmanuel. He sends His Spirit into our hearts, into our lives to lead us and teach us these truths, to remind us of His words and help us to give witness to the love of God that we have come to believe.

There is one Lord and he abounds in riches for all who call upon Him. Paul makes known to us that these truths are for anyone and everyone. He is waiting to give gifts to men, women, boys and girls. White, black, brown, yellow or green. He is Lord of lords and King of all kings. He waits patiently for us to turn to Him and put our faith in the only one worthy of our faith.

He is calling us today to reach out to Him and accept these things as true.

17 “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.”

Have you heard God speak to you? Do you hear Him knocking at the door of your heart? Do you know that He, in His love for you is patiently waiting for you to open the door and let Him enter, to come in to the center, the throne room of your life? Trust Him to save you and to lead you.

Perhaps He has spoken to you as you listened to someone sharing the Word of God in a message like this one, or in a song, or just a friend telling you how he or she has been changed by the truth of God in their lives. Listen to the Spirit of God inviting you to join us as we are living out the truth of this good news. Open your heart to Him. Give yourself to Him. Believe the good news of His Love and His Lordship.

Paul said: 4 “For Christ is the end, the goal of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.”

God's goal, His plan, His aim for you is that you return to Him and walk in fellowship with Him. His plan is for Christ, through the Holy Spirit to be with you throughout your life. Will you believe it today? Will you accept this good news and believe that you are forgiven for your refusal to allow Him to be Savior and Lord?

Come to the altar and give yourself to Him. Come and pray and offer yourself as a living sacrifice to the One True God. The God who made us and The God who loves us.