For whosover shall call upon the name of the lord shall be saved!
1 Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.
2 For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.
3 For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.
4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone that believeth.
5 For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, that the man which doeth those things shall live by them.
6 But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:)
7 Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)
8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
There are many religions out in the world today and most of them are FALSE religions.
If most are false which one is TRUE, or “WHAT SHOULD WE BELIEVE”:
So how many religions are there in the world?
There are about 21 major world religions today. About 1 billion people do not profess belief in any religion. Naming at least 12 ranking in highest to least order we have:
- Christianity 2.1 Billion
- Islam 1.3 Billion
- Secular/Agnostic/Atheist 1.1 Billion
- Hinduism 900 million
- Chinese traditional religion 900 million
- Buddhism 376 million
- Primal indigeneous 300 million
- African traditionalism 100 million
- Sikhism 23 million
- 10. Juche 19 million
- 11. Spiritism 15 million
- 12. Judaism 14 million
The data given above is based on ASK website, I cannot guarantee the accuracy but gives an idea as to how many religions there are in the world today: and that through their faith they are right in their own eye’s.
The Apostle Paul was writing specifically to the Jewish nation “Israel”, which is Judaism, in Chapter 10 and also in the surrounding chapters before and after (9 & 11).
V2) Paul recognized that these Israelites where very zealous for God, as he was, but not for according to knowledge. The Israelites were instructed by God through Moses to KEEP His Law, AKA the Torah, which is basically the 1st (5) five books of the Old Testament, and is over 3,000 years old. They became very zealous for God and fought to preserve His Word but missed the mark. They missed the mark because they didn’t “KNOW” the Messiah when he came. This Messiah was to come and re-establish a new order and that “ALL NATIONS” would be blessed by him.
2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
V3) The Israelites, Paul’s kinsman mistaken the righteousness of God could be accomplished by KEEPING THE LAW.
Q. Can anyone KEEP THE LAW? (When I speak of the Law, I’m speaking of God’s Law handed down to Moses from Mount Sinai, and AKA known as the 10 commandments).
The answer is NO. Why?
Because SIN is appealing and in the simple form it is destructive, so potent that it will change lives for the worse starting with yourself down to your children’s, children’s, children. It spreads like a virus. Turn with me to Genesis 3:1-6
3 Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.KJV
So we find that Satan is the author of Lies and he tricked Eve to believe that she would not die and that she would aslo know Good from Evil like God.
Is it bad to be like God and want to follow him closely? No but it is bad to disobey his commandments, even till now he doesn’t want us to sin. Because Sin seperates us from Him. For darkness cannot dwell in the light and as we sin we are hiding from God and choosing to be in the darkness. No man is excused from this since this is written in our hearts and conscience, as the Word of God has told us; Eve ate the fruit and now became aware of “Good” and “Evil”. This is now engrained in us the knowledge of Good and Evil.
So this brings up a good discussion about the Law of Moses in itself.
Q. Does this Law of Moses apply to the Jews only and not to the Gentile world in Paul’s day?
This is not a trick question, but one I’d like for each of us to understand.
The answer is Correct or if you said Yes to agree with this statement. Moses Law was specific to the Israelites and for them to KEEP. A gentile in those days would not understand Moses Law because they didn’t suffer the same persecution that they did in Egypt and were not given a promised land in Canaan. And this Law was designed for them to govern themselves once they became a full fledge nation in the promised land. It is amazing to know that America is a parallel to Israel in that we have adopted the Judaism Law of God as our own. This sets this nation apart from all others and we rise and fall under this Law according to V5).
To answer the 1st question asked: Which is the TRUE religion?
Verses 6 thru 13) Tells us; The answer is the religion that teaches that Jesus Christ is Lord and whosoever believes in Jesus that He died and rose again for your sin and call on His Name Jesus shall be saved.
6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.