“Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.”
The middle part of Romans 10 is frequently referred to in regards to salvation, and leading someone to the Lord.
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
But what about the rest of the chapter?
The first verse shows Paul’s heart and burden for Israel.
Most of his people had a zeal for God, yet they did not know Him.
What is our heart’s desire?
If we agree with Paul that our heart’s desire is for people to be saved, what are we doing about it?
“For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.”
If we truly believe on Him, then why are we sometimes ashamed enough that we do not make sharing the Gospel with others a priority.
“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?”
Sharing the Gospel is not reserved for those who have the position of a preacher as we know it in this modern day.
Paul was referring to someone who publishes or proclaims the Word of God openly.
“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
There can be no salvation without belief and repentance.
No belief without faith.
No faith without hearing.
No hearing without the Word of God.
We must share the Word with others.
Exodus 27-28 | Matthew 18
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