Romans 10-11; A Savior Closer Than you may Think.

I am writing today from the beautiful Tampa Bay area.

The word is nigh thee, [even] in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach. Romans 10:8

Jesus is the Word. John 1:1-3, 14. We don’t have to go searching for Jesus. Nowhere in the Bible do you find a sheep searching for the shepherd, but rather the Shepherd searching for the sheep. How close is Jesus to us? Revelation 3:20 tells us He is at our heart’s door.” Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.”  Acts 17:27-28 tells us, “That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.”

Romans 11:32 says, “For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.” Here we see again, as we see through all of Romans, that it is God’s mercy that causes us to believe. It is not our belief that causes God to be merciful. Jesus is close to the unbeliever, pleading for them to believe, instead of the unbeliever pleading for God to be merciful. Jesus does not plead before the Father to get the Father to accept us, but rather to get us to accept the Father, as Romans 10:20-21 says, ” I was found of them that sought me not; I was made manifest unto them that asked not after me. But to Israel he saith, All day long I have stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people.”

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