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Pastor Brant Seacrist

August 5, 2018

"HOW THE GOSPEL IS RECEIVED"

TEXT: ROMANS 10: 12-21
READING:  PSALMS 132 - 134

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SUBJ: The universal application of the Gospel and the way it is both delivered and received by all who come unto God through Christ Jesus our Lord.

AIM: That we might be first attentive to the terms of the Gospel and then to see the importance of preaching it and to do so as they who are bearing precious seed and to do as we may to support the proclamation of it in the world.

INTR: This passage is most precious to all who truly call upon the name of the Lord although many abuse and shortcut what is actually said here.
1. This contains some of the material for the high-pressure evangelistic tactics of those who would appeal to human endeavor in the place of the true Gospel – The Romans Road.
2. The real intent of the Apostle here is to make the fact of individuals calling upon the Lord to be the singular distinction and this is especially applied to the jealousy of the Jews.
3. So, the thought of “no difference” is again raised in that it is the grace of God through faith that makes the distinction and not men themselves.

THESIS: Whosoever is not a term of universal invitation. It is rather a term of universal identity of those who have truly embraced the Lord and all that is promised in Him. It is to be recognized that since God has ordained their salvation, He has also appointed the way in a meaningful manner to all and so we preach the Gospel to all.

I. No difference and whosoever (vv. 12-13)
1. This is, of course, a response to the statement quoted in verse 11 and has the specific intent of answering to the many Old Testament prophecies declaring that the Gentiles would be included.
1) See Romans 9:25
2) The fact is that the same need is present in all and the Lord is rich unto all that call on Him in the same way
3) Which was a provocation to the Jews.
2. Thus, whosoever, whether Jew or Gentile, that calls upon the name of the Lord…
1) As has been previously noted, this is not an invitation per se, although the prospect of salvation is always inviting.
2) The context puts this as Jew and Gentile alike.
3. It is here that the application often breaks down in that men tend to minimize what it is to call on the Lord.
1) It is to call out for aid in recognition that their estate is hopeless, and we must point to the fact that apart from the grace of God this may not be known.
2) It is to come to the place of worship and confession that there is salvation in no other.
3) Men call on the name of the Lord in desperation, full submission, and devotion (And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved. Acts 2:21).
4) We note the reaction to Peter’s message in those whose heart was pricked and repented!
4. The Lord is faithful to His Word and so we direct men to Him.

II. A reasonable question answered (vv. 14-17)
1. Surprisingly, there are many who believe that one may come to salvation with no knowledge or experience of a work of grace in this life.
1) One extreme is that of some primitives who hold that election is salvation and one may wake up in heaven without having experienced salvation in this life.
2) But, another is those who examine very superficial professions and pronounce them saved in the absence of experience.
2. The methods of the Lord speak both to His sovereignty and essential responsiveness in men. We note a reverse progression here:
1) They call upon the Lord as we have already noted because
2) They believe the Gospel and are convinced in mind and heart that they are sinners without hope apart from the blood of Christ our Lord which does not merely appear in their minds – it is that
3) They hear the Word of Truth as it is in Christ Jesus our Lord
i. First with their natural faculties – one speaks and is heard with the natural ear
ii. But, then they hear as that hidden man of the heart (he that hath and ear let him hear) and to him the message comes
4) From those whom the Lord has sent and so the Lord has given Apostles, prophets, evangelists, Pastors and teachers along with all who discover that the word is nigh, even in their mouth.
3. The reaction of those receiving the Word of Truth – How beautiful the feet… from How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth! Isaiah 52:7. (He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him. Psalms 126:6)
4. It is here then that Paul cites the history of the Jews who had heard these things and proceeded in both disobedience and self-righteousness. (v. 16) and cites Isaiah 53.
5. The summary thought here is that faith presupposes hearing and what is heard is the word of God and so we reject the opinions of men and the devices of the interlopers and appeal to the pure word alone.

III. A passing thought regarding the Jews (vv. 18-21)
1. Paul’s lamentation over the Jews continues in recalling the witness given them of both their own refusal of the way of faith and that the Gentiles would be included and he quotes Moses in v. 19 and Isaiah in v. 20.
2. And so, the conclusion still applies: I have spread out my hands all the day unto a rebellious people, which walketh in a way that was not good, after their own thoughts; Isaiah 65:2
3. Thus, in the same way that there is no distinction between Jews and Gentiles regarding the Gospel, there is not difference in those who continue in rebellion to God and His Christ.