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Paul uses the phraseology of Moses to the Jews how they could be saved in the Church Age.

Wednesday, December 17, 2003

ROM 10:6 quoting DEU 30:12.

DEU 30:12 It is not in heaven, that you should say, “Who will go up to heaven for us to get it for us and make us hear it, that we may observe it?”

AMO 9:2 Though they dig into Sheol, From there shall My hand take them; And though they ascend to heaven, From there will I bring them down.

DEU 30:14 But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may observe it.

One of the greatest problems that Christians face in understanding the Church-age is understanding the early part of the dispensation of the Church-age and what happened to the Jews.

Paul’s great ministry was constantly under attack from a group of people called the Judaizers – Jewish scholars who followed Paul wherever he went in the ancient world.

Iesous sou kurios – Jesus as your Lord or Jesus as your Yahweh = Old Testament name for God; if a Jew confessed that Jesus is Lord, he would be affirming the deity of TLJC.

He is not talking faith plus commitment.
He is not talking head belief versus heart belief.
He is not talking lordship salvation.

Jashub = to make a complete about face or to be converted.

The Lord your God is Jehovah your elohim.

Heart [leb] and soul [nephesh] = the heart, even the soul, because the heart is a part of the soul.
It is the thinking part of the soul.

Only the heart, not the mouth is mentioned here –
ROM 10:10 “with the heart man believes resulting in righteousness.”

That is a normal Hebrew reverse order – normal syntax to show that one thing is predicated on another.

Salvation is not unavailable or unattainable because you do not have to depend on your own righteousness.

Rom 10 – salvation is not unavailable so you do not have to cross an ocean or go to Hades to receive it.

The mouth was the way that you expressed your salvation to God in the Old Testament by saying
“adonay elohanu adonai echad.”

JOH 3:31 He who comes from above is above all, he who is of the earth is from the earth and speaks of the earth. He who comes from heaven is above all.

“Make us hear it that we may observe it” = believing in Christ.

ROM 10:6 do not say in your heart, “who will ascend into heaven?” (that is, to bring Christ down),

The Mediterranean sea is a reference to the Greeks living in that entire area; and they certainly did not have the gospel to give out to the Jews.

Crossing the sea was easy in Paul’s day; therefore not an illustration for unavailability.

“The word” is the fact that the “Lord your God” is very near you.

Paul uses the phraseology of Moses to explain to them how they could be saved in the Church-age.

The Jews in Paul’s day were saying that Christ was not the Savior; and His work on the cross was not efficacious.
So they were returning to the Mosaic Law.

HEB 10:26 For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,

Paul is saying that in the previous dispensation of the great power demonstration of the hypostatic union, Jesus Christ has already come down from heaven.

Works righteousness and faith righteousness are mutually exclusive; you can only have one or the other.

DEU 30:12 It [salvation] is not in heaven, that you should say, “Who will go up to heaven for us to get it for us and make us hear it, that we may observe it?”

DEU 30:14 But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may observe it.

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