|Romans 10:1-13 |
1 Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they might be saved.
2 For I bear them record that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge.
3 For they, being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves to the righteousness of God.
4 For Christ is the end of the law as a means of righteousness to everyone who believes. [When Christendom tells their sinning believers that the law is dead, they are really saying that for their believers there is no sin; no law, no sin. What better tale could the devil have spun? Do you not know brothers, (for I speak to those who know the law), that the law has dominion over a man as long as he lives ? Rom 7:1. Until you lose your life by crucifying your sinful nature, your carnal mind, and your evil spirit, you are still alive and still subject to the inner law that includes the moral core of the outward law. Christendom has cast all law behind their backs, calling evil good, calling the wicked righteous, while totally ignoring the Bible's many stated exclusions, requirements, and qualifying conditions of salvation. The law cannot make you righteous, but the requirement to obey the moral ommands of the law only ends when a man's selfish spirit has been crucified on the inward cross of self-denial, and Christ Jesus is resurrected in him to totally control his thoughts, words, and deeds with the Law of the Spirit of Life. What makes you righteous? Obedience leads to righteousness, Rom 6:16; we believe what the Spirit of Christ in our hearts speaks to us as we, through the Spirit, by faith, patiently wait for the hope of righteousness, Gal 5:5. Yes, there is a difference between good and evil; yes there is still sin; yes the inner law has never been cancelled and includes the moral core of the outward laws, which are: love your neighbor as you love yourself; don't steal; don't commit adultery; don't lie; don't covet; don't murder; and honor your father and mother; do for others as you would have them do for you; etc. From the Word of the Lord within: "There are no laws when you are under complete control of the spirit; you walk in love in obedience as prompted — you don't walk in restricted flesh." ]
5 For Moses describes the righteousness which is of the law, "That the man who does those things, will live by them."
6 But the righteousness that is from faith speaks in this way: Do not say in your heart, Who will ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ [the word] down from above;) [This references the Old Testament, Deu 30:10-12, which actually says: Listen to and heed the voice of the LORD your God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which are written in this book of the law, and turn to the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul. This command that I command you this day is not hidden from you, nor is it far off. It is not in heaven, that you should say, 'Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it to us, that we may hear it, and do it?']
7 Or, Who will descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ [the word] again from the dead.) [This references the Old Testament, Deu 30:13 which actually says: Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, 'Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it to us, that we may hear it, and do it?']
8 But what did it say? "The word is near you, even in your mouth, and in your heart [so you may hear and obey it];" that is, the word of faith, which we preach.1 [This quotes Deu 30:14, "But the word is very near to you, in your mouth, and in your heart, so that you may obey it." The Apostles preached that Christ speaks words from within your heart, to be heard, believed, and then obeyed in faith; thus the word of faith. The Apostles preached the words they heard spoken in their heart, and they preached that faith comes by hearing the word in your heart, Rom 10:17. Whoever comes to Him to listen to His spoken words, (from within your heart), and then obeys them, builds their faith on solid rock. Luke 6:47. You come to Him by sitting in humble silence, waiting on Him, as you listen for His spoken words and watch for His revelations.]
9 That if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you have been saved. [Of course you have to believe in the word in your heart and mouth, which is the word of faith the Apostles preached, (Verse 8 above). And according to verse 17 below, that is the beginning of true faith, to hear the word of God (Christ) in your heart. However, to say that Jesus is Lord, or call Him Lord, is of no value as many scriptures prove, (click to see). To confess Jesus to be Lord is to confess that you are controlled by Jesus' spoken words heard from within your heart, him being your ruling Lord and King, ordering your thoughts, words, and deeds.
With beginning belief, you are obviously not saved, (saved meaning to be delivered from all sins); but if you persist in obedient faith to the end, making every effort, you will be delivered from all sins, washed, cleansed, purified, perfected, sanctified, and made holy by the power of God working mightily in you.
The blind guides of Christendom have totally misinterpreted this verse, thinking that if you "say" Jesus is Lord and believe he rose from the dead in Jerusalem, then you are saved; from the Word of the Lord within: "They think to be saved by making a noise about being saved." The blind guides of Christendom, which as predicted has become Babylon, ask you to believe that a few magic words spoken by you totally cancel the Bible's many, many stated exclusions, requirements, and qualifying conditions of salvation; this is pure superstition, denies the necessity to turn from evil, licenses sin, makes Jesus blood promote evil conduct, and breaks the covenant of God.]
10 For with the heart, man believes to righteousness; and with the mouth, man confesses to salvation.2 [Salvation is to be delivered from all sin, to have been purified by the grace of God that separates man from sin. To confess salvation is to confess you have been freed from all sin and have witnessed Jesus being raised in your heart, bringing your salvation, which is eternal life in God; like Paul confessed: It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. Gal 2:20. Your believing what you hear the son speak to you from your heart, and obeying what he commands, results in salvation with accompanying righteousness. Obedience leads to righteousness, Rom 6:16; we believe what the Spirit of Christ in our hearts speaks to us as we wait for the hope for righteousness, Gal 5:5; for the words that He speaks to us impart the life of God, John 6:63.
As John said: Little children, let no man deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, even as He is righteous. 1 John 3:7; John could see the apostasy of Christendom coming, trying to fool you with the twisting of this verse and a few others meaning to deceive you that you are righteous because you believe in Jesus. He tells us that our conduct must demonstrate righteousness even as Jesus is righteous, not a presumed righteousness by believing. Peter warned us about covetous ministers, who work for money and promise you liberty to live in your sins, while they are slaves to sin themselves. 2 Peter 2:14-21. Peter also warned us about how easily Paul's letters were twisted by the wicked (those still sinning): There are some things in his letters that are hard to understand, which those who are unlearned and unstable wrest [twist] to their own destruction, as they also do the other scriptures. Therefore, beloved, since you know these things beforehand, beware lest you also, being led away by the error of the wicked. 2 Pet 3:17-18. The wicked try to convince you that sin is overlooked and excused by your believing in Jesus. But the righteous plead with you that sin is not acceptable: Paul said, Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame. 1 Cor 15:34. To believe in Jesus, is to believe what he commands you to do; that belief results in obedience which leads to righteousness and salvation.]
11 For the scripture said, "Whoever believes in him will not be ashamed."
12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek because the same Lord is over all, who richly gives to all who call on him.
13 For whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.3 [The context of what Paul is saying with this verse is that not just the Jews can be saved, but that Greeks, even people from any nation can be saved. Christendom take this verse out of context, to create a false salvation. The original of this verse is in Joel 2:29-32: "before that great and terrible Day of the Lord, it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved for deliverance shall be in Mount Zion and Jerusalem, as the LORD has said; and among the remnant shall be those whom the LORD calls." To call on the name of the Lord and be saved only applies to the remnant in the Day of the Lord. So if you wish to be counted in that remnant to attain salvation on earth and enter the Kingdom with the eternal life of God, you first need to do much, much more than call on the name of the Lord. You need to first mortify the sinful deeds of the body in you by the Spirit because the Lord even gave us three detailed scriptures that show those who call on Him in judgment, having died while still sinning, are sent away, (to Hell). Mat 7:21-23, Luke 13:25-27, Mat 25:11-12.]
3 For whoever calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved. But Jesus said: Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter into the kingdom of heaven; but [only] he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Mat 7:21-23. So, a casual calling on the name of the Lord does absolutely no good. From the Word of the Lord within: "Call on the Lord with a pure heart. Pray only as you are told." Until you can hear what the Lord desires you to pray, sit and wait in humble silence, hopeful of eventually becoming righteous: able to pray, praise, worship, speak, and act perfectly according to the will of God, which brings pleasure, honor, and glory to God.
Flee youthful lusts; but aim at and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, in the company of others who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 2 Tim 2:22. Note! the pure heart; without a pure heart you are like those described by Jesus as hypocrites: You hypocrites, Isaiah did correctly prophesy of you, saying, 'This people draws near to me with their mouth, and honors me with their lips; but their hearts are far from me.' Isa 29:13, Mat 15:7-8. Saved means to be delivered from all sins and be in a sinless state. He [Jesus] became the Author and Source of eternal salvation to all those who give heed and obey Him. Heb 5:9. Think about it: the Jews killed the prophets thinking they were doing God a favor; they called on the name of the Lord regularly, but they killed his prophets. Joel 2:32 has the same scripture, and the Pharisees killed Jesus; but they called on the name of the Lord every day, many times. Jesus even told us that religious people would kill his true disciples: Yes, the time is coming when whoever kills you will think that he is doing a service to God. John 16:2; and so the Baptists, Presbyterians, Episcopalians, and Congregationalists killed 869 Quakers in the 17th Century, including hanging three men and a woman in Boston. The Roman Catholic priests and orders murdered 9,000,000 souls in the inquisitions of the Middle Ages. All of these murderers of those with a different religious opinion regularly went to worship services, prayed, were baptized, took "communion," fasted, and read their Bibles — obviously calling on the name of the Lord many times a day. NO! They were not saved, which is to be delivered from all sins and be in a sinless state.
This verse refers to Joel 2:28-32, and only applies to the remnant who have persisted to the end of carrying their inward cross of self-denial to purity, resulting in the appearance of the Lord in their hearts for final judgment and Jesus bringing salvation. Everyone passes through the fire on that great and terrible day of the Lord. The sun will have been darkened by the bright light of His coming, but then you are immersed in fire; at the last second, before you are totally consumed by the fire, in fear and hope you call on the name of the Lord, and he snatches you from the fire. We are to approach judgment with confidence and boldness — not falling on our face weeping and begging for forgiveness — nor does He want us to draw back in fear. We are to stand in confident, joyful expectation — even as we behold His fearful, awful presence. And as we are surrounded by fire, instead of running, we call out to Him to save us; and so He does save the remnant whom he has been purifying and cleansing, preparing them for his appearance. From the Word of the Lord within: "I will devour those who do not follow, and snatch the righteous from the fire."
This is the Day of the Lord, and even for the righteous who have been waiting, hoping, and expecting salvation, this day begins without joy and peace. The brightness of the light exposes all the remaining evil in you, which is sadness and sorrow; but that sorrow can be controlled if you focus on the light that is showing you your remaining sins, not worrying about what you might lose; and most important, never lose sight that this day will end in great joy, peace, salvation, seeing the Lord, heaing his voice for the first time, and entering the kingdom. It is the day of judgment, and you will recall other sins you had forgotten, plus you will listen to all your evil (non-edifying) ever words spoken, which you must not dwell on, by focusing on how you now are, and will be forever, far more pure. Remain confident that this is all in His control for your supreme benefit. The righteous knowing the terror of the Day of the Lord in themselves is witnessed by, (from his actual experience), kingdom-dwelling, early Quaker Francis Howgill:
"They who have not yet seen this day of the Lords vengeance in themselves, have never seen the day of salvation. The prophet cried out: 'Who may abide the day of His coming, and who shall stand when He appears?' And many have been eye-witnesses of the dreadful day-of the Lord, which has appeared in them, wherein all peace has been hidden from their eyes; and all who ever came to see that day of joy and gladness, first knew the terror and the terrible day of the Lord in themselves. Therefore said the apostle: 'We, knowing the terror of the Lord, persuade men.'"
William Dewsbury, another kingdom-dwelling, early Quaker, also left a testimony of the terror in the Day of the Lord:
I was slain and baptized, and lay as a little child under his heavenly chastisements; as soon as ever my soul was brought to this, in my humiliation. Oh! then, the dreadful judgment was taken away, and the book of life was opened unto me, and the Lord spoke comfortably to me, 'I have loved you with an everlasting love;" and I was made a Christian through a day of vengeance, and of burning as an oven; and the haughtiness and pride of man in me was brought low.
Know you are going to die in the process and rejoice at the culmination of all your efforts to arrive at this moment. The body dies in this baptism of death, but the believer is raised (resurrected) with Christ and translated into the kingdom of God. Though raised with Christ to live in the heavens, they still walk the earth as a new creature together, in union with the Lord.
The following is from kingdom-dwelling, early-Quaker Stephen Crisp's The Necessity of a Holy Life, which gives us further first-hand knowledge of the baptism of fire:
There is no coming to obtain this baptism, but by sinking down into what will slay you, what will kill you. But there is such a shifting to save one's life, there are so many twistings and twinings of people to save their lives, that at last they lose them. But no one can ever find life that is eternal, but those who are willing to be given up to the dead, and submit to this baptism — that is, by the Holy Ghost and by fire. Only such come to life; they come to the resurrection. For you never knew any that died this death but that they rose again; it is as impossible for death to hold any one down that is buried in this baptism,* as it was impossible to hold Christ down, when he was in the grave. The same power that brought again our Lord Christ from the dead, the same power it is that quickens us, while we remain in these mortal bodies, after we have sustained this death and crucifixion, [on the inward cross of self-denial].
[* Your resurrection is very quick, and your burial is not in this physical world.]
Messages from the Word of the Lord within which apply to this day are:
As we are surrounded by the fire of His presence, we will call out in hope — we will say, "Save me Lord Jesus;" with confidence.
All others will be taken completely by surprise at his fearful appearance after their death. He is so pure and holy, they will instantly know they are hopelessly evil. He will cause them to panic and lose all reason — just wild, uncontrollable fear. See Howgill's description of what happens to those still sinning when they die.