“Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.”
Paul had a burden for the people within his country. He didn't want them to just live a good life or serve others, he desired for them to be saved. He prayed that they would realize their need for a Saviour, then not only recognize it, but receive Him.
As we read on through chapter 10 of Romans, we see that Paul addressed those that had religion, but not salvation. The people were “going about to establish their own righteousness”. They relied on their good works and morality to be enough.
Paul went on to explain to them how simple salvation is, if only they would confess and believe. He cared enough about their eternal state to express his concern and share the Truth of the Gospel with them.
“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 with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation…For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Paul pinned these verses that are typically used today when explaining the Gospel. The simplicity of the Truth of the Gospel is evident in them.
The Gospel has not changed. The desire of the hearts of people has changed.
What is your desire for your country? Do you desire to see the people saved? If the answer is yes, then what are you doing about it?
People will not be saved unless they confess and believe, but how can they if they have not heard? Paul understood this, as he closed out the rest of the chapter. See verses 14-17.
We must do our part in order for the Great Commission to be carried out.
Pray for your country today.
Pray for revival and a great awakening to the souls of men.
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