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"An Exposition of Romans 10, Part 8"

by John & Kelly Sielski
There are a myriad of ways through which christians think that they attain and maintain "righteousness," or "right-standing with God," or "God-likeness".  Here are just a few examples:  1. praying "the sinner's prayer" (which is mentioned nowhere throughout the Scriptures); 2. confessing all of our sins (Jesus already absorbed all of our sin and put it to death in the physical body of His own flesh on the Cross); 3. being sorry for our sins (if you are alive and reading this e-mail, you were forgiven before you ever "committed your first sin" and definitely before you were ever sorry for it!); 4. water baptism (ironically, Jesus personally water-baptized no one and Paul stopped water-dunking people once he caught wind of the strife it was causing, as well as the different factions or denominations it was raising up within the churches); 5. getting water-baptized "in the Name of Jesus only" (again, refer to #4); 6. getting water-baptized "in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost" (again, refer to #4); 7. worshipping, or going to a "church building" on Saturday, instead of Sunday; 8. worship-ping, or going to a "church building" on Sunday, instead of Saturday; 9. tithing; 10. not tithing; 11. "going to church"; 12. not ever "going to church"; 13. prayer; 14. Scripture-/faith-confessions; 15. fasting; 16. eating/not eating certain foods; 17. being a Republican; 18. being a Democrat...  If we are convinced that any, or a combination of any, of these things causes us to attain and maintain "righteousness," or "right-standing with God," or "God-likeness"; then we are not only ignorant of God's righteousness (we lack the revelation of our Heavenly Father's Unconditional & All-Inclusive Love, as seen in the Cross of Jesus Christ) but also (and this, by default)... ever going about... attempting to establish our own twisted brand of righteousness.  We are actually, in the truest sense of the word, unbelievers; because we do not understand the Mystery of our Glorious Inclusion in the Cross of Jesus Christ.

Romans 10: 1-4 (KJV)

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.
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.
For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.

Colossians 1: 18-22 (KJV)

18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;
And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled
In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:

Colossians 2: 9-13 (KJV)

9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead 
And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:
In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
Buried with him in baptism [*literally, "in union"], wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.
And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;



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