“A Zeal For God” (Romans 9: 32, ESV) by Carley Evans


Righteousness pursued “as if it is based on works” does not result in the attainment of that righteousness, says Paul.

A zeal for God is not enough. The cornerstone, who is Jesus Christ, makes those who seek God under their own power, stumble.

“For, being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own, they do not submit to God’s righteousness. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” (Romans 10: 3 – 4)

We do not bring Jesus down nor do we rise up to Him; instead His “Word is near [us], in [our] mouths and in [our] hearts.” (Romans 10: 8)

Our righteousness is based on faith alone.

“The Good News” (Romans 10: 11, John 14: 6; ESV) by Carley Evans


Paul writes, “For the Scripture says, ‘ Everyone who believes in Him will not be put to shame.’ ”

Jesus says, “I Am the Truth, the Way, and the Life. No one comes to the Father but through Me.”

Paul writes, “The Word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart.” (Romans 10: 8)

Our hearts carry our belief in Jesus as Lord and Savior. With our mouths, we confess our belief. As we privately believe and publicly confess this belief, we are first justified and then saved. “For everyone who calls on the Name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10: 13)

Salvation can’t be that simple, say many. Paul says it is.

Words may emerge from the mouth, but if the heart does not hold the belief behind the words, they do not save. The heart may believe, but if the mouth fails to confess openly this belief before others, then that belief is fruitless.

Paul says, “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.” (Romans 10: 10 – 11)

Then Paul reminds us “how beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” (Romans 10: 15)