The Word of Faith: Romans 10
August 30, 1970
Publication Date: 08-30-1970
Victor Paul Wierwille was a Bible scholar and teacher for over four decades.
By means of Dr. Wierwille's dynamic teaching of the accuracy and integrity of God's Word, foundational class and advanced class graduates of Power for Abundant Living have learned that the one great requirement for every student of the Bible is to rightly divide the Word of Truth. Thus, his presentation of the Word of God was designed for students who desire the in-depth-accuracy of God’s Word.
In his many years of research, Dr. Wierwille studied with such men as Karl Barth, E. Stanley Jones, Glenn Clark, Bishop K.C. Pillai, and George M. Lamsa. His formal training included Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Theology degrees from Mission House (Lakeland) College and Seminary. He studied at the University of Chicago and at Princeton Theological Seminary from which he received a Master of Theology degree in Practical Theology. Later he completed his work for the Doctor of Theology degree.
Dr. Wierwille taught the first class on Power for Abundant Living in 1953.
Books by Dr. Wierwille include: Are the Dead Alive Now? published in 1971; Receiving the Holy Spirit Today published in 1972; five volumes of Studies in Abundant Living— The Bible Tells Me So (1971), The New, Dynamic Church (1971), The Word's Way (1971), God's Magnified Word (1977), Order My Steps in Thy Word (1985); Jesus Christ Is Not God (1975); Jesus Christ Our Passover (1980); and Jesus Christ Our Promised Seed (1982).
Dr. Wierwille researched God's Word, taught, wrote, and traveled worldwide, holding forth the accuracy of God's "wonderful, matchless" Word.
Rom 10:1-7; (Eph 1:13, 14)
Rom 10:8-13; Mat 7:21-23; Luk 18:9-13; Eph 2:8, 9
Act 2:21; Rom 10:14, 15; Rev 14:6, 7;
Rom 10:15-18; Luk 2:8-11
SUMMARY KEYWORDS: God, gospel, good tidings, lord, hear, righteousness, sealed, law, believes, salvation, everlasting, confess, life
is the book of Romans Romans chapter 10. In Romans chapter 10, as I told you earlier, we have some very familiar scriptures which have been presented in all the greatness with which we have the knowledge of them in the Word. But I'd like to go through this entire chapter with you tonight, and just handle it in an extemporaneous way, and show you some of the things that are really like gems hidden in this wonderful word. Thank you, Dorothy. And thank you, Rhoda. First verse of chapter 10 of Roman Brethren, my heart's desire in prayer to God for Israel, that they might be safe. Paul, in his background, as you know, was an Israelite. He was a Hebrew background. And the longtail is real. Therefore, he was still lifting them in prayer, deal, believing and thanking God, that the desire of his heart was that the children of Israel might hear the word and believe it in order to be saved, rose to fry, bear them record, that they have a deal of God, but not according to a lot knowledge. Remember how in the foundation applause, we put the knowledge together and then with the word, and we talk about zeal first, then we talk about the knowledge of the words, without knowledge of the Word of God rightly divided the people of God wonder aimlessly. We not only need the knowledge of the word, but we need the zeal. Now, most people today who are so called Christians have zeal, a lot of them, they have a deal for their particular caste or their denomination or their particular thing that they're doing. But most of that zeal is without knowledge of the words, little segments of knowledge. But as Walter said earlier, those little segments do not suffice. The whole word of God has to make that whole word of God from Genesis one one through revelation 2221, has to fit all the way through. And the scriptures have to have all the principles applied every scripture, every verse. Here, the children of Israel had a tremendous zeal for God. Remember the Apostle Paul before he was converted? What a wonderful deal he had forgotten. But not according to luck, knowledge. For a day, verse three, here is, here it is, For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of home of God. That's where they had a deal, but not according to knowledge. They were still going out, wanting to circumcise wanting to water, baptize, want to go through all those legalistic laws and so forth. To establish their own righteousness, I for the life of me can't understand why people always get a good feeling if they can do something, thinking that this establishes their righteousness before God. If a man could do something, not by sheer logic, if I could do something, or you could do something that would establish us before God, then someone could come up to do more and more things than we would not have needed a Savior. Jesus Christ literally died in vain and our faith is invade. If there is salvation through the legalistic approach, then he died for no. Not at verse four. For Christ is the end of the law.
For righteousness to everyone who believes, or everyone that believe in Christ is the end of his life. He's the end and he's the end. How long do you want to try to play both ends against the middle? Why not just believe God's word. It's the only way people ever get set free. You'll never manifest a life which is more than abundant. Unless you come to the principles of the Word and stay put on them. This does not give us a license to sin. This just gives us a license to live the abundant life. For we have a commandment, which is the commandment of the law, the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus. Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every believer. For Moses describes the righteousness which is of the law that demands which do with those things shall live by them. In other words, if you were able to keep the laws, Moses said, that is what gave you the righteousness, but in contrast, the righteousness which is of believing the reason I know this is from verse For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who does one thing was leaving to every believer, but the righteousness which is of believing. Speak US on this, why are they not in nine hearts? Who shall ascend into heaven? Or verse seven, who shall descend into the deep? The parentheses are simply there by way of explanation. Who shall ascend into heaven? That is to bring crop down or who shall descend into the deep that is to bring up Christ again from the dead?
Nobody, no law, this is why it's in the Law Section. No law brought him forth. God had to raise him. And I think while I'm on this, I'll just share with you what Walter and I were talking about, because this pertains to the resurrection. You know, it says that were sealed onto the day of redemption. Ephesians is that the word sealed, he told me in Arabic or something said, stamped. And this man he was speaking with adoration really thrilled Walter's hearts by the statement that it was stamped. That is good, but it's not good enough. I explained to Walter what the word sealed meant in the Bible, which I don't do in the foundational class. We use the scriptures there but I never go into the depths of this. Why do you call this read stuff we my mother used to put it on top of corks in cat when we made ceiling what? You no it's red. Okay, that's what it is. sealing wax. And they take a letter. And when the letter if you send it registered old days, this was at the time of Christ. And it was still true in India when we were there the last time they still did it the same way. They take this red sealing wax and they pour it over the envelopes at the backward sealed and it covers the flap as well as the main part of the envelopes. That is the sealing wax. Then they have a stamp and they when that is still soft, they put the stamp on the inside of that wax which has run all over that envelopes. That is the ceiling. Now that stamping is not enough, they have to have the sealing wax. So it takes both the wax and the seal to do the job. Now that's why stamping in Ephesians wouldn't be strong enough for me I don't I understand it greater than just a stamp. It is where something has been put down and the seal put on it just like to have a ring. You'd feel it. That means it's not to be terminated or tampered with in any way, shape or form. Now the remarkable thing is this field onto the day of redemption is that sealing wax with a stamp in it has no cracking it because the dead are what? Okay. And this also the same usage is regarding were in the, in the gospels, or someplace where it says that when God raised Jesus Christ, he broke the band's asunder or something. The picture is of this sealing wax all at once you're breaking, it cracks up all different cracks. In the thing it busts up, breaks up. That is the breaking of the bands asunder. That's why it's sealed onto the day of redemption, the return of Christ, sealed in all that perfection and with a return of Christ. When he comes back, it breaks up in the dead in Christ shall rise not the significance of that ceiling. Nail who shall descend in the deep or Who shall ascend under heaven? God raised him you know what said this, verse eight, but what Seth is the word is Nivea. In thy mouth, no even now the word and is the word even. The word is 90 in my mouth, even in my heart, the heart is the seat of the personal life, which is controlled by the mind. Therefore, if I was translating this, I would, for communication sake translated, the word is noisy, even in your mind.
And if it's in your mind, you speak for that word, that's why it's in your mouth. That is, the word of faith, which we preach. There it is. The Word of Faith is is, is the usage of the message directed to us in our time. It is the word of faith of Jesus Christ. The word is Nivea, in die, mouth, even in my heart, that is the word of faith, that faith of Jesus Christ, which we preach that, if thou shalt confess with time out, and what a man speaks out of his mouth is out of the abundance of his heart. The hardest deceit of the personal life.
You confess with your mouth, the Lord Jesus, Jesus as Lord in your life, and shout, believe in thine heart, in the innermost part of your being with all of your mind, every conviction that you have lodged there, that God has raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be what? For with the heart, with the heart, the seat of the personal life, in the category of the mind where it's controlled. Man believes man believes man believes unto us righteousness. In order to be born again of God's spirit, a man has to do one thing what? Because he's only Body and Soul Man, he does not yet have spirit. But a man of body and soul does have a mind. A man a body and soul can believe. Look at the tremendous pneus of that verse. Or with the heart, innermost part of a man where he is controlled by what his mind says. He believes until righteousness. He believes onto it. He believes for this righteousness, which is the righteousness of God. He believes that he's going to receive this and with the mail because out of the mouth again comes the abundance of that which you have in your mind. For with the mouth. confession is made unto salvation. You confess with your mail the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, thou shalt absolutely at that moment. They say verse 11, or the Scripture says, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. And other translation places that and I think it's very beautiful. Whosoever believeth on him shall not be disappointed in his expectation.
That beautiful. Verse 12, for there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek between Israel and the Gentiles, for the same Lord, over all Israel, and over all Gentiles, is rich, unto all that call upon Him.
For whosoever obvious Israel, and of the Gentiles shall call upon the name of the Lord, shall be what they are, right? Now we know that says calling on the Lord does not mean just saying, hey, Lord, Lord, Lord, no. It just cannot mean that. In the context, to call upon the name of the Lord is in relationship to confessing with your mouth, the Lord Jesus believes God raised Him from the dead. For with the heart, man believeth, under righteousness with the mouth confession is made under salvation, see, now to call on the name of the Lord is in the light of that in Matthew, chapter seven. Verse 21, not everyone that says unto me, Lord, Lord, the I'm showing your Scriptures where people call on the name of the Lord.
But that's not going to do it. They said, Lord, Lord, shall enter in the kingdom of heaven. But he that do it the will of my Father, which is where many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, call on the name of the Lord, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in our name? and in thy name, if cast out devils, and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess under them, I never knew you depart from me, ye that work iniquity, because they were just liars. They never cast out any devil in the name of the Lord. They never prophesied in his name. And they never get any wonderful works in his name. They live, they simply said they did him. That's what he said. They simply said that they did it. That's why that scripture in Romans has to be understood in the light of its context. And the whole section of the word you know, in the Gospel of Luke, all of these records come before the day of Pentecost.
All of these records that so many times people use, which are not applicable at all to the church which preaches the faith of Jesus Christ in Luke chapter 18. Verse nine says, He spoke this parable so it is a parable onto certain with trusted in themselves that they were one and that could only be under the law. Two men went up in In the temple of pray one a Pharisee and the other Republican. No one was a goody goody boy, the other one had tripped out. He had really freaked out. far as the world was concerned, the Pharisee stood in prayed knots with himself. He prayed with a tail. It's beautiful. Never got the higher in the ceiling. God I Sure Thank you. Then I'm not as other men are. Extortion or unjust adultery, or even as this old public and who has freaked out too though. I thank God, I'm not like this. And I want to tell you, I fast twice in the week, not just on Friday, on do or on Tuesday to see, two days a week I found the law that one day, he went way beyond the law. He did it twice a week. So he figured he had twice as much coming from God since he kept twice as much as the law or something.
And I give ties of all that I possess. And the public and standing a firewall would not even so much as lift up his eyes.
But smote his breath saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. And of course, then they add and save me for Jesus. Ma you go straight to hell on that verse today. Because coming to an altar, confessing your sins is not the way of salvation. Pounding yourself and beating yourself is not the way of salvation. It's the way of works. And we're not saved as a Fijian says, By works but of grace, lest any man should walk, boast.
God be merciful to me a sinner was spoken by the Publican. And he never said save me for Jesus sake. Now people come and they confess their sin. They get a new feeling. And they say, we know that we're born again. Because look in our life. We have changed. We've got a different feeling. They may be saved but they didn't get saved by what they have just said. God, salvation is not my confession of sin are praying God be merciful to me a sinner and save me for Jesus sake. That is by the righteousness of the law. And Christ is the end of the law. And our salvation is as Peter preached on the day of Pentecost, repent. Not of your sin, but to confess with your mail the Lord Jesus believing God had a lot raised Him from the dead and thou shalt they say we confess the Savior from sin the Lord Jesus Christ. You don't confess your sin. You confess the Savior from sin. That's why whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved only if he does want the words and not just call upon the name of the Lord. Not just pray God be merciful to me a sinner. In the Gospel of Matthew also we won't look it up tonight but it's there. They called on the name of the Lord. And they said they were Lord when saw we the hungry and didn't give you something to eat when saw we use thirst saw was a thirsty and didn't give you something to drink. When were you in prison and we didn't minister Do you? And the Lord says, Never heard from you bullies. Trump the calling on the name of the Lord people has to be according to the revelation in God's words, address to our time. And that is that gospel or that word of faith? The Word of faith which we preach, which is not faith of hope. Hey, man, verse 14,
You know, Peter in his Pentecost sermon that they said, after we had given the illustration from the Prophet Joe, he said, It shall come to pass that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
And that record there is calling on the name of the Lord in a different administration, than the one we're doing here in Romans, cause he had just finished talking about Joel, this is in Acts 221, he had just finished talking about Joel's prophecy and said, Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord in that day when this comes to pass, shall be saved under that administration, then he goes on and concludes the great record in Acts, showing that our calling upon the Lord is an entirely different world when we call upon the Lord, we are saved because we confess with our mouth, the Lord Jesus believe God raised Him from the dead. In verse 14 of Romans 10, how shall they then call on him in whom they have not lost belief? And the reason? One of the reasons they had not believed is because they did not have that zeal of God, but not according to Locke, knowledge, and you cannot believe for something to be yours until you get the knowledge of God's word. How shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? How shall they believe in Him if they have never heard, and this word here heard is to hear hear? You know, it just isn't to hear clean, clear through it's to hear it and believe what chair
How beautiful. How beautiful. All summer long, I heard the kids call each other beauty. They said all your beautiful, or that thing you do is beautiful, you know? where your head is now is beautiful.
So, here, it's talking about being beautiful. How beautiful are the feet. Never heard anybody stand around this summer. It's a boy, you've got beautiful feet. To go to the word to see the beautiful feet of how beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of our case, the gospel of peace. And the gospel of peace is the gospel of the Prince of Peace. It isn't the gospel of peace that the people are preaching run into Washington on a banner carrying campaign
you know, it isn't prayed and down the sidewalks we want peace in Vietnam. We want peace here. We want peace there. It's presenting the gospel of peace in the gospel of peace is the gospel of the Prince of Peace, the Lord Jesus Christ. How beautiful are the feet of them that preach that gospel?
And bring glad tidings of what? of good things isn't that something? bring glad tidings of good things. Imagine a man preaching and being all negative Dogon people all the time on scene and all the rest of the bloating.
How terrible are the feet of those men who bring who preach a gospel of sin or a gospel of fear or a gospel of frustration. They do not bring good tidings. They bring bad tidings of great heaviness. How beautiful are the feet of that man or that woman dedicated to the Lord who preach that gospel of peace and bring good are glad tiding up good. They You know, there are a number of different gospels in the Bible. The word Gospel means good news. Now you can have good news of different times. Then knowledge wise, it also depends upon your situation. Let's say that you needed to have a job. And a person suggested to you that this man had a job for you, that would be good news. Perhaps you have in another experiential way, something you need, and someone suggests to you that that need can be met via this channel or that channel. That is good news of a different time. So where to God's like, there are a number of different gospels in the Word of God. There is the everlasting gospel, which is the good news of God being one God. And this started in Genesis chapter three. And the good news of this everlasting gospel, the reason the word everlasting is used is because it's an earthly thing. It starts here and terminates, never. That's why it's everlasting. The only difference biblically between the words everlasting and eternal is that whenever it's everlasting, it has a starting point. But God not having a starting point can only be eternal. From an earthly point of view, it is everlasting life. But from God's point of view, it is what that's its biblical usage accurately. Now, this everlasting gospel related to the gospel, the good news of God, God has always been, it's always for his people, even after Adam and Eve trip out. He was still here and making good news available to people. That's why it's called everlasting. An interesting record here on this, I believe in Revelation, let me just look it up. Way back in the book of Revelation with this, and I saw another angel flyby in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel debris onto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation and kindred and tongue and people saying with a loud voice, Fear God, reverence God, and give glory to Him. The the everlasting gospel deals only with a one God. And it started back in Genesis three, and it still is called an everlasting gospel in Revelation 14, six and seven. Then there is another gospel that we are very clear on in the foundational class of cards, where I separate all of these things for you, which is the gospel of the kingdom of God, which is the kingdom of heaven on earth, because the king himself is present.
Then there is the gospel of the grace of God, which is the good news to our day and our time. This is the gospel of grace of the grace of God. And this is that word of faith of Jesus Christ, which we preach. And then there is another gospel mentioned in the word called the gospel of the glory of grace. When all things are finished, and he is seated, turns everything over to the Father, God, and God is all in all.
That is the glory of the gospel of Christ. So in this 15th Verse, Hear you have the gospel of peace. The gospel of peace is the one who declares what God wrought in Christ Jesus.
Which is the word of the faith of Jesus Christ. That's the gospel of peace. In our in the Gospel of Luke, chapter two. Luke chapter two, right at the time of the birth of Jesus Christ, Verse eight says the same province, shepherds abiding in the field keeping lots over their flock by night, and load the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shown round about them, and there were Thor afraid.
And the angel said unto them, Fear not. What do I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. Good tidings,
same as in Roman, bring glad tidings. Good tidings. Those tidings were a different type of tidings, than the good tidings we have. Our good tidings include those are that good tidying from Luke. But the good tidying from Luke did not include that from the book aroma. So we got good are good tidings. They preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings glad tidings of good thing. Not fabulous. It's a good tiding pond to you is born this day, in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ alone, Israel. But since the day of Pentecost, we've got good tidings also. But these good tidings are a good thing, or is the gospel of peace? It is the word of the faith of Jesus Christ.
It is the gospel of the grace of God. Right 60 But they have not all obeyed this gospel. It's real, hard, Gentile. Hard. Isaiah says, Lord, who has believed our report? Our preaching our teaching. So then, faith, that faith of Jesus Christ come with my lot. And hearing comments by the word of God, unless you have the word of God, you'll never really hear.
You can't. That's why people it's the word and nothing but the word we got to get back to that the only way people are ever going to have faith. If you think you have the word of God, but you haven't, you can't receive what God made available. What are you saying about Isaiah? They did not believe the preaching. Therefore the children of Israel could not receive what God had available for them at that time.
When I say very tasty Have they not heard? Wasn't the word declared by Isaiah the prophet? Very definitely.
They heard it was made available. Yes, barely. Their sound went into all the earth and their words onto the end of the word. This is sort of our goal again. Or the outreach of His Word, this here at this time, of day they not heard how shall they hear? Unless somebody carries that word, rightly divided They can't hear. Now the word says Have they not heard? Yes they have when you and I rightly divide that word and carry it they have heard and our sound the sound went into all the earth and their words onto the end of the room this is our goal in the way ministry if we want it to be selfish, we just hibernate someplace crawly get six 810 Other people are like the same nothing.
But how can you have such a great knowledge of God's word and not have a vision for the peoples although to me that incoherent it's impossible to have that type of logic in a person's mind when he really has a knowledge of God's Word. And it's only the declaring of that word that makes it possible for our sound, to go out into all the earth and our words, under the end of the world. Not a fabulously good, I believe should be the goal of every one of us. This should be the inner and inner compulsion, an inner desire and inner yearning within our hearts, that everybody hear the Word of God rightly divided in our day and in our time. That this is the day this is the hour this is the time of salvation. Now how are they going to hear without a preacher?
How are they going to really preach except they be sent. But if they hear, then the greatness of this gospel of the faith of Jesus Christ will be like a man whose feet are beautiful. Because we preach the gospel of peace, this man and when he comes walking with the greatness of this gospel, is not someone we fear. It is someone we lovingly anticipate the arrival of because we know that he will not condemn. He will not put us under legalism. He will not put us under all the laws.
Not even one of them. He'll preach the gospel of peace. And we're glad tidings of good thing that is can you think of anything more wonderful to preach today?
Can you think of any time in the history of our civilization when they've needed it? Any worse than we need it tonight? This week this year? I can't. While people we've got something to say in our day and time. We've got something to declare. And if you want to get with it, you got to get the word. That's the only way you can be with it. And just share that word. If you can talk about your job, if you can talk about your wife or your husband or your boyfriend or girlfriend. If you can talk politics which you don't know anything about him. Alright, if you if you can just plain talk. And most of us have got to meditate. Why not say something which is really worth talking about?