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Subtle Substitutes for the Simple Gospel (13 of 26)
INTRODUCTION: David Jeremiah tells the story of the English Explorer William Parry, who took a crew to the Arctic Ocean for the expressed purpose of making charts of uncharted territory. He wanted to go further North to continue their chartings, so they calculated their position by the stars and started a very difficult journey marching North. They trekked North for hours and finally exhausted they took their bearings again by the stars and found that they were further South than when they started the journey North. They had been walking on a gigantic Ice float that was moving South faster than they were moving North.
When I heard that story this week, I thought how that is like the people Paul is talking about in Romans 10. People who are on a very intentional religious pilgrimage, who are zealously committed to God, actively involved in church attendance, giving, and an endless list of good works in an attempt to get close to God. But if you will take your bearings from Romans 10, you will find that these things can often be a SUBTLE SUBSTITUTE for the SIMPLE GOSPEL and they take you further from God rather than closer.
CONTEXT: In Romans 9, Paul begins dealing with a problem. The fact that the vast majority of what we know about God came through the Jewish people, but the vast majority of the Jewish people had rejected Jesus their Messiah. In this section of Romans Paul is explaining how this is came to be.
• In verses 9:1-29 Paul explained the lostness of Israel and the salvation of the Gentiles from the VERTICAL perspective in terms of God's Sovereignty. God graciously bestows mercy on those whom He saves. He is the gracious potter who out of the "same depraved lump" some for honor.
But lest you think that God's Sovereignty somehow absolves you of your responsibility Paul gives us Romans 10.
• In Romans 9:30 - 10:11 Paul explains the lostness ...
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