Romans 10: 1-21, The Anatomy of Evangelism.
VV 1-8, 1Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved. 2 For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. 3 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God. 4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. 5 For Moses writes about the righteousness which is of the law, “The man who does those things shall live by them.” 6 But the righteousness of faith speaks in this way, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’ ” (that is, to bring Christ down from above) 7 or, “ ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’ ” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). 8 But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach):
Paul desired and prayed to God for the salvation of the Jews. The Jews were zealous for God but their problem was self-righteousness. They sought to establish their own righteousness by keeping the law of Moses. Paul makes it clear that justification is by grace, through faith in Jesus Christ who had fulfilled the requirement of the law by His perfect sacrifice for sin on the cross.
VV 9-14, 9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. 13 For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” 14 How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: ‘’How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!” 13 For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” 14 How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed?
I am analysing evangelism through the eyes of a doctor. The anatomy of evangelism is caring, praying, going, speaking, hearing, believing, and calling. The first 4 are what the evangelist does and the last 3 are what the recipient does.
Salvation comes from God, through divine predestination, divine election, calling but the human decision to accept the gift of salvation is equally important.
Caring: Evangelism begins with caring for the lost. If you do not care for the lost, you will not share to the lost.
Praying: We need to pray for someone’s salvation every day.
Going: We need to go out to the mission field. God does the sending. We respond by going by saying, ” Here I am send me”.
Speaking: We need to speak, using words to communicate the message of the gospel correctly and accurately. We need to prepare our testimony and be able to share it.
Hearing: the preacher sow the seed of the word. The recipient hears the message and responds in 4 ways, the parable of the sower, Matthew 13:1-9. Faith comes by hearing the word of God.
Believing: This is the contact point of salvation. Ephesians 2:8-9, ”For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God, not by works, so that no one can boast”. John 3:16, ”For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life”. A recipient needs to confess with his mouth and believe in his heart that God raised Jesus from the dead.
Calling: A recipient needs to call on the name of the Lord by inviting Christ to come into his/her life. Revelation 3:20, ”Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me”. A recipient need to open the door of his/her heart is to Jesus and invites Him into his heart.
VV 16-21, 16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our report?” 17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. 18 But I say, have they not heard? Yes indeed: ‘’Their sound has gone out to all the earth, And their words to the ends of the world.” 19 But I say, did Israel not know? First Moses says: ‘’I will provoke you to jealousy by those who are not a nation, I will move you to anger by a foolish nation.” 20 But Isaiah is very bold and says: ‘’I was found by those who did not seek Me; I was made manifest to those who did not ask for Me.” 21 But to Israel he says: ‘’All day long I have stretched out My hands, To a disobedient and contrary people.”
The Jews heard the word but did not believe it. Pauls asked his rhetorical questions. Have the Jews not heard? Yes, they did but they had hardened their hearts. Did Israel not know? Paul answered this by quoting three Old Testament scriptures. Isaiah 53:1, ”Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed? Deut 32:21, ”They have provoked Me to jealousy by what is not God; They have moved Me to anger by their foolish idols. But I will provoke them to jealousy by those who are not a nation; I will move them to anger by a foolish nation”. Isaiah 65:1-2, ”I was sought by those who did not ask for Me; I was found by those who did not seek Me. I said, ‘Here I am, here I am,’ To a nation that was not called by My name. All-day long I have held out my hands to an obstinate people, who walk in ways not good, pursuing their own imaginations”.
God had not given up on Israel. He held out His hands all day long to The Jews. He has a plan to save them.
Replacement theology is not biblical. This theology subscribes to the view that the church is the new or true Israel and had replaced Israel as the people of God. This is not correct.
Heavenly Father, thank You for the 7 stages of evangelism that will lead to the salvation of a soul. Help us to fulfill Your great commission by becoming soul winners, in Jesus’ name, Amen.