This morning, we will cover an often misunderstood and misused passage in Scripture. Based upon the context, we can see that Paul is attempting to convince his Jewish brethren that God’s righteousness is obtained by faith in the finished work of Christ and NOT through law-keeping, circumcision, or physical birth. Belief precedes both verbal confession and calling on the Lord. Only believers in Jesus Christ verbally confess Jesus is God, and will verbally call upon the Lord Jesus for deliverance of any kind, especially (as it relates to this context) into the Kingdom.
For the Jew, salvation meant being physically delivered from their enemies during a time called “Jacob’s trouble” (i.e. the seven-year tribulation period) and being delivered INTO their promised kingdom. What we learn from Paul this morning is that the Jew must possess a righteousness equal to God’s righteousness to experience salvation into their kingdom. They must obtain this righteousness from God through the gospel or they will not enter or be “saved” into their kingdom. Join us as Paul develops his argument for his beloved countrymen.