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Sermon #3251

God of Jew and Gentile

A Sermon on Romans 10:11-13


Romans 10:11-13 ESV KJV
For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. For “everyone who calls on the name of the …

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Sermon Description

How does someone receive salvation? Paul says in Romans 10:11–13 that the first principle of salvation is belief and more specifically, belief in Christ Jesus. Paul just told the church in Rome that they must confess with their mouth that Jesus is Lord and now he says that they must believe in Him. All who believe will never be put to shame. Although the law and the devil may work against the Christian, the Lord has conquered all these things so that nothing in the whole cosmos could shame His people. In this sermon on Romans 10:11–13 titled “God of Jew and Gentile,” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones points out that this specific passage thoroughly and completely emphasizes that salvation and belief are open to whoever calls on Christ, meaning that it equally applies to the Jews and the Gentiles. All are born under Adam, which means that all people groups are under the same condemnation. Paul is sharing that despite what they previously thought, the Jews have no special standing in regard to salvation. The hope is that all people are saved by believing in Christ. Once that is done, God’s salvation is perfect and secure for all eternity.

Sermon Breakdown

  1. The apostle Paul is demonstrating that salvation is by faith alone through quoting Scripture.
  2. The first Scripture quoted is Isaiah 28:16 which states that "whosoever believeth in him shall not be ashamed." This demonstrates that salvation is through faith in Christ.
  3. The second Scripture quoted is Isaiah 28:16 again which states that "whosoever believeth in him shall not make haste." This means that those who believe in Christ will never be refused, never be condemned, and will have eternal security.
  4. The third point emphasized in the Isaiah 28:16 quotation is that salvation is available to "whosoever" believes in Christ. This means the offer of salvation is universal.
  5. Paul then explains that "whosoever" refers to both Jews and Gentiles, meaning there is no difference between them regarding salvation. Salvation is equally available to all.
  6. Paul gives three reasons why there is no difference between Jews and Gentiles regarding salvation: 1) They are under the same Lord. God is the Lord of all, not just the Jews. 2) They are all equally sinners under the wrath of God, as Paul has previously proven. 3) The gospel is universal, for both Jews and Gentiles, as the prophets foretold.
  7. The Jews were wrong for not believing the gospel themselves and also for objecting to the Gentiles believing the gospel.
  8. God is the God of the whole world, not just the Jews. Although He dealt directly with the Jews in the OT, He is concerned with all people.
  9. Paul preached this same message in Athens, proclaiming the one true God as the creator of all things and all people.
  10. Paul previously established this point in Romans 2, showing that the Jews were also under the wrath of God and needed salvation by faith, just like the Gentiles.
  11. In Romans 3, Paul clearly states that God is the God of both Jews and Gentiles, and that all have sinned and need salvation by faith in Christ.

The Book of Romans

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.