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May Jesus Christ be Praised - Part 1

V. 6-8 (cont'd.)

** Works-righteousness will always deny the incarnation and resurrection of Jesus Christ by saying you must travel long and hard to find the path of salvation, but what does faith say?

(V.8) "The Word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart"! It was the very gospel that Paul had been preaching to Israel, they had heard it and suppressed it! cf. Romans 1:18-20

** As Paul reminds them in these three verses of the faith that he has been preaching to them, why do you suppose he used this somewhat unusual line of reasoning?

Because they were very familiar with its meaning and he was drawing a parallel between the law of God and the gospel of Jesus Christ.

All see - Deuteronomy 30:11-14, The commandments of God were "not to difficult for you, nor is it out of reach" and neither is the gospel.

V. 9 ** When someone is born again and comes to the knowledge of the truth, by the grace of God, what two things will make up their "Profession of Praise" to those around them?

1) They will "confess with [their] mouth Jesus as Lord". [kurios] (lord or master) signifies sovereign power and authority. The believer's praise of Jesus Christ is first noted in the Lordship of Jesus over that person's life. Jesus is referred to as Savior just twice in the book of Acts, while He is referred to as Lord ninety-two times. In all of the New Testament you will find Jesus called Lord some 700 times, while being referred to as Savior only thirteen times!

2) They will "believe in [their] heart that God raised Him from the dead". In so doing the believer identifies himself with the One who purchased our redemption on the cross and rose to share His eternal life with those for whom He is both Lord and Savior.

** Here in verse nine, did you notice the sequence of these two events in the life of one who is saved?

First they confess with their mouth, then they believe in their heart.

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