Righteousness by Law
A Sermon on Romans 10:5
The Message of Salvation to All
For Moses writes about the righteousness that is based on the law, that the person who does the commandments shall live by them. (ESV)
The Jews have continued to believe that their actions, mainly their dedication to keeping the Law, is what justifies them. The Jews have misunderstood the Law and its purpose. Because of this, Paul is laying to rest this foolish thinking once again. In Romans 10:5, Paul is essentially saying that even Moses said that those who attempt to live by their actions will also be judged by their actions. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones points out that the Jews were ignorant of God’s righteousness, ignorant of their own abilities, and thus have not submitted themselves to the righteousness of God. Paul continues to emphasize the doctrine of justification by faith only. There is not one thing in the process of salvation that has to do with us, it is entirely a matter of God’s free sovereign choice. If the Jews want to live by their actions to the Law, then Paul says they must keep the whole Law! You are not able to only keep certain laws. If even one law is broken, you have failed completely! Dr. Lloyd-Jones reminds us that no one wants to live under that kind of rule and reign. Therefore, we should be thankful of the Lord’s work in us, breaking us free from the Law!