The Word of the Faith

Deuteronomy 30:11 contains the concluding word to Jehovah’s covenant with the Israelites of the second generation out of Egypt. Their parents had entered into the covenent at Mt Sinai nearly 40 years earlier. Now Moses repeated the covenant for the new generation. This is the scene: Israel is at the point of being about to enter the good land; all the camp is positioned east across the Jordan. Ahead of them lie Jericho, Ai, and all the tribes that they are about to dispossess by force. Moses is aged, 120 years old, and will not enter the land with them. He charges them to keep the commandments of Deuteronomy and to love Jehovah with all their heart and soul that they may enter and live in the good land. He then says something about the commandments they are to keep: that the commandment “is not too difficult for you, nor is it distant.” Applying this word to the gospel, Paul quotes these verses in Romans where the word is Christ who has come to where we are. 

But the righteousness which is out of taith speaks this way: do not say in your heart, Who will ascend inot heaven? That is, to bring Christ down, or who will descend  into the abyss, that is, to bring Christ up from the dead.” But what does it say? The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart; that is the word of the faith which we proclaim, that if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you will be saved. -Romans 10:6-9

For the Israelites the word was a law to keep. For them doing so meant they would live in the land which Jehovah had given them. For a believer the word is of faith – that we believe in and confess Jesus as the resurrected Lord. For us doing so means we will enjoy Him as our divine life – Christ Himself as our life and life supply as our portion. Unbelievers and believers must make this choice. 

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