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Israel's Unbelief in Christ

July 8, 2012 Speaker: John Bell Series: Romans

Passage: Romans 9:30–10:13

Righteousness: a right standing before a holy God; a right standing that is the product of God's justifying work in Jesus Christ.

Righteousness of God: a dynamic activity of God whereby he brings people into relationship with himself. This justifying activity of God is manifested in Christ and is proclaimed in the gospel.


Point # 1 Why did Israel’s fail to obtain righteousness (9:30-10:3)?

Because . . . .

a) they pursued it not by faith but as if it were by works.
b) they stumbled over the stumbling stone.
c) they have zeal but lack knowledge.
d) they sought to establish their own righteousness.
e) they did not submit to God’s righteousness.

THE HINGE VERSE (v.4): “Christ is the culmination of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.”


Point # 2 The contrast between the righteousness of the law and the righteousness of faith (5-13).

a) The one who keeps the law of Moses perfectly will experience eternal life. This is the righteousness demanded by the law.
b) In contrast, the righteousness of faith does not require any superhuman moral effort. God sent his messiah into the world and raised him from the dead. We have only to believe.
c) Christ is not only easily accessible, but equally accessible to all - to Jews and Gentiles - since there is no difference, no favouritism.