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It’s All About God’s Plan      Rom. 10:1-4, 8b,-18a; 11:28-32 (HCSB)      Oct. 23, 2011


Introduction

       God certainly plans and then perfectly executes them. In the creation story God used the word good seven times about His creative work. This is true because: It’s All About God’s Plan.

 

1.   God’s Plan for . . Submission to His Righteousness. 10:1-4

       A.   God’s Plan of Submission Caused Paul To . . Desire the Salvation of Others. 10:1-2

       1 Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God concerning them is for their salvation!

       2 I can testify about them that they have zeal for God, but not according to knowledge.

 

       B.   God’s Plan of Submission Caused the Jews To Attempt To . . Disregard His Salvation. 10:3-4

       3 Because they disregarded the righteousness from God and attempted to establish their own righteousness,

       they have not submitted themselves to God’s righteousness. 4 For Christ is the end of the law for

       righteousness to everyone who believes.


       Why did Paul desire for his kinsmen to be saved? Obviously he wanted them to share in the quality of life a relationship with Christ provides. In addition God desires all men everywhere to be saved and He prompted Paul to be concerned. I think God wants all of His children to share the message of salvation with others but too few have the concern they ought to have. It is sad that the Jews tried to disregard the plan of Salvation and rejected their Messiah. They actually tried to establish their own plan for righteousness but God’s righteousness comes through belief and He reserves it for all who obey.

 

2.   God’s Plan and . . Scriptural Righteousness. 10:8-13

       A.   God’s Plan of Scriptural Righteousness Leads to . . Confessing Christ. 10:8-10

       8 On the contrary, what does it say? The message is near you, in your mouth and in your heart. This is the

       message of faith that we proclaim: 9 If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your

       heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 One believes with the heart, resulting in

       righteousness, and one confesses with the mouth, resulting in salvation.

 

       B.   God’s Plan of Scriptural Righteousness Leads to . . Calling for Salvation. 10:11-13

       11 Now the Scripture says, Everyone who believes on Him will not be put to shame,

       12 for there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, since the same Lord of all is rich to all who call on

       Him. 13 For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.


       The provision for scriptural righteousness involves confessing Christ as Lord. On a few occasions I have shared the plan of salvation with men and asked if it made sense and got a positive response, but then a rejection as I asked them to confess Christ as Lord. These men had lifestyles they refused to give up in order to acknowledge Christ as Lord. The scripture tells us in verse thirteen “. . . everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” What a promise; and all that is necessary is to call upon the name of the Lord. This is the requirement for both Jew and Gentile.


 

3.   God’s Plan and . . Servant Preachers of Righteousness. 10:14-18

       A.   God’s Plan for Servant Preachers Calls for . . Sending Preachers. 10:14-15

      14 But how can they call on Him they have not believed in? And how can they believe without hearing

       about Him? And how can they hear without a preacher? 15 And how can they preach unless they are sent?

       As it is written: How beautiful are the feet of those who announce the gospel of good things!


 

       B.   God’s Plan for Servant Preachers Calls for . . Submissive Hearers. 10:16-18

       16 But all did not obey the gospel. For Isaiah says, Lord, who has believed our message?

       17 So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the message about Christ.

       18 But I ask, “Did they not hear?” Yes, they did: Their voice has gone out to all the earth, and their words

       to the ends of the inhabited world.


       I want to think of myself as a servant preacher. It is my desire to be one who serves the Lord as I preach and generally live my life. I believe the Lord told me to ask people I see wearing a cross, “why are you wearing a cross.” Today at McDonalds Restaurant a young mother came in with her two children. She was wearing a cross. As I started to leave I asked her why she wore a cross? She said it is just jewelry. I then asked if she believed in God and did she know Jesus. She responded, “oh yes.” I then said, “well that’s the real reason you wear a cross isn’t it”? She said, “well I guess.” She was a member of a Baptist church and thanked me for asking her about her cross. What a joy to ask people about their relationship to Christ.


 

4.   God’s Plan for . . Sharing Merciful Righteousness. 11:28-32

       A.   God’s Plan for Sharing Mercy Because of His . . Patriarchs. 11:28-29

      28 Regarding the gospel, they are enemies for your advantage, but regarding election, they are loved

       because of the patriarchs, 29 since God’s gracious gifts and calling are irrevocable.

 

       B.   God’s Plan for Sharing Mercy Because of His . . Patience. 11:30-32

30 As you once disobeyed God, but now have received mercy through their disobedience,

       31 so they too have now disobeyed, resulting in mercy to you, so that they also now may receive mercy.

       32 For God has imprisoned all in disobedience, so that He may have mercy on all.


       God’s plan for sharing merciful righteousness began with His prophets; and actually before that. God made a commitment to His faithful Patriarchs and His gifts are not revokable. In addition how can we understand the patience of God as He willingly shares mercy to all? This happens because It’s All About God’s Plan.

Amen? Amen!