Knowledge of the Truth
A Sermon on Romans 10:3
For, being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God's righteousness. (ESV)
What was the main trouble with the Jews that Paul is speaking about in Romans 10:3? It is that they did not have a complete and full knowledge of the truth of God? Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones says that a precise knowledge of the truth is essential to salvation and Paul is praying and longing for the Jews’ salvation because they lack this knowledge. The Jews may have been nice people and they have been very zealous, but this cannot be mistaken for true Christian faith. Truth cannot be based in subjective terms, because the Gospel is truly objective. The Pharisees had misinterpreted the Old Testament teaching about the righteousness of God and the righteousness that he demands. This was ignorant on their part. Ignorance means that there is not full knowledge, and the Jews were ignorant of the full knowledge of God! This stood in between them and their salvation. Dr. Lloyd-Jones urges the listener to have a precise knowledge because ignorant knowledge is the enemy. Without true knowledge, you will be lost, damned, and outside the kingdom of God.