SUBJ: The expression of the
righteousness of faith seen as emanating from the heart and thus
declared by the mouth unto both righteousness and salvation.
AIM: That we might be careful that
the expressions of our mouths matches the content of our hearts.
INTR: Having declared Christ to be
the “end of the Law for righteousness,” Paul proceeds to present in
plain terms the manifestation of the righteousness of faith.
are many misunderstandings about the Law in the Old Testament with some
to the point of making it appear to be evil – the problem is the
application of the Law.
2. The Law was Spiritual to Paul and it was
from the beginning as a careful reading of scripture will reveal.
To put it in perspective, the Apostle would show it be personified in
Christ and obeyed through Him.
The righteousness which is by faith is the righteousness of God and if
comes to full expression in the heart and profession in the mouth.
I. Moses description of the Law (v. 5)
1. Of course, we know what
he wrote and that which the Lord rewrote.
2. But, men have failed to
note that from the beginning attention and affection was directed to the
Lord and obedience to the Law would be the evidence of it.
1) We do
well to study Deuteronomy as Moses both gives the Law and describes the
relationship the Lord would have with His people.
2) It will be
evident there that more than mere outward obedience was required.
The commandment was to love the Lord thy God with heart, soul, mind and
3. On leaving off the matters of the heart and faith, the
only alternative would be to render perfect obedience in the flesh and
that is not possible.
4. Thus, the door is closed to any form of
law-works or that which would circumvent faith in and through Christ
Jesus our Lord.
II. The righteousness of faith speaks (vv. 6-7)
1. And, it begins with a reference to the heart as an origin if things
to be addressed.
2. The issues here again refer to Old Testament
scriptures: 11 For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is
not hidden from thee, neither is it far off. 12 It is not in heaven,
that thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it
unto us, that we may hear it, and do it? 13 Neither is it beyond the
sea, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go over the sea for us, and
bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it? 14 But the word is
very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do
it. Deuteronomy 30:11-14.
1) The thoughts here are of some external
effort either by another or by those concerned and,
2) In either
event, the idea would be to do something that was already provided thus
denying the faith either in Jehovah of old or Jesus as the revelation of
3) Simply put, Christ has already come down from above and
He has already risen from the dead and there is nothing to add to what
He has accomplished and neither is there place for any outside influence
beyond the Spirit and the word of truth!
3. In the absence of a true
work of grace in the heart by He, the Holy Spirit, men look to ways to
accomplish what God requires apart from Him.
4. The righteousness
which is of faith first tells us what it is not. It will, by being
revealed in us, show that its very substance is in Christ who is our
III. The elements of a true profession (vv. 8-10)
1. It is to be understood that “word” here is that spoken and not the
term “logos” as applied to Christ.
2. There are several key thoughts
to be observed here as to righteousness and salvation:
1) It will be
discovered from within as having been incorporated into our minds and
hearts as in the case where Lydia’s heart was opened.
2) It will be
recognized as the truth which is declared in the Gospel Paul preached.
3) Christ will be confessed as Savior and Lord in the way of full
submission to both.
4) The heart will fully trust (believe) that in
the resurrection of Christ eternal life is obtained for all who come
unto God by Him.
5) It is to be noted that the belief and subsequent
confession are not salvation, but unto righteousness and salvation.
IV. The scriptural assurance given (v. 11)
1. Consider first:
They cried unto thee, and were delivered: they trusted in thee, and were
not confounded. Psalms 22:5. AND O my God, I trust in thee: let me not
be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me. Psalms 25:2.
then: Uphold me according unto thy word, that I may live: and let me not
be ashamed of my hope. Psalms 119:116.