“They are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge” (Romans 10:2).
In our last visit we began doing a focus and amplify study of Romans 10. The focus we identified is “the journey of those who believe.” This focus is amplified under 4 points: problems, prayer, proclamation and personal response. Let’s take some time to amplify each separately.
In thinking about the problems you might encounter in a journey to faith in Christ Paul begins with a common one. Most people have some religious orientation. Based on that orientation they might be only somewhat committed. If that is true their orientation might not be a major problem or obstacle. But if they are zealous toward God as they understand it they more than likely will be resistant or argumentative.
In this chapter Paul, speaking of the Israelites, writes in verses 2-3, “I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge. Since they did not know the righteousness that comes from God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness.”
Zeal based on insufficient or inaccurate knowledge usually results in resistance. Paul knew this from personal experience. He thought he knew the truth, having sat under the teaching of highly respected Gamaliel. He had a reputation of standing for what he believed and not only resisting the gospel, but attacking those who believed in and propagated it.
Being proud of his own righteousness he vehemently resisted the righteousness that comes from God. With broken heart he now was burdened to reach other self righteous folk with the gospel that changed his life.
Can you identify any problems that keep you from experiencing all God has for you?