“You can always tell when you are on the road of righteousness - it’s always uphill.” (Ernest Blevens in “Who Said that?” by George Sweeting.)
This section of scripture emphasizes the difference between righteousness by the law, and righteousness by faith.
Paul shows there is something that precedes an acceptance of Christ, and something that follows it:
1. Christ Received as Savior (vv. 5-9) - To be saved by the law a person must live according to all the precepts of the law without violating a single one. Of course, no one can live such a perfect life.
2. Christ Confessed as Savior (vv. 10-13) - Believing comes before confessing. Confessing without belief is either self-deception or hypocrisy, while trust without confession may be cowardice. To be saved depends on faith; but faith leads to confession.
Concerning verse 13 John Phillips, in his book Exploring Romans, says: “Could the gospel message ever be reduced to simpler terms than this? Where, within the content of one short verse, can be found a better statement of the scope (“whosoever”), the simplicity (“call upon the name of the Lord”) and the substance (“shall be saved”) of the gospel?”
It is a fact that I can never be saved by my own self-righteousness. I must never depend on what I do, but on what Christ has already done. He not only saved me, but He keeps me.
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