June 27 Epistle Reading

Romans 10:1-10

[1] Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is,
that they might be saved.[2] For I bear them record that they
have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.[3] For
they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish
their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the
righteousness of God.[4] For Christ is the end of the law for
righteousness to every one that believeth.[5] For Moses
describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which
doeth those things shall live by them.[6] But the
righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine
heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from
above:)[7] Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to
bring up Christ again from the dead.)[8] But what saith it?
The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the
word of faith, which we preach;[9] That if thou shalt
confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart
that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.[10]
For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth
confession is made unto salvation.

St. John Chrysostom says in his Homily XVII on Romans X

"Observe how adroitly he favors them in the word, and yet shows their unseasonable obstinacy…These things he says to show that it was from a petulancy and love of power that they erred, rather than from ignorance…For if Christ be 'the end of the Law,' he who does not have Christ, even if he seems to have righteousness, does not have it. But he who has Christ, even though he may not have properly fulfilled the Law, has received the whole. For the end of the physician's art is health…He who does not know how to heal, though he may seem a follower of the art, comes short of everything: so is it in the case of the Law and of faith…For what was the object of the Law? To make man righteous. But it did not have the power, for no one fulfilled it…But to this end Christ gave a fuller accomplishment through faith. Be not then afraid, he says, as if you are transgressing the Law by having come over to the faith. For only then do you transgress it, when for the sake of the Law you do not believe in Christ."

St. Irenaeus in Against Heresies writes…


Phn28 "For as it was not possible that the man who had once for all been
conquered, and who had been destroyed through disobedience, could reform
himself, and obtain the prize of victory; and as it was also impossible
that he could attain to salvation who had
fallen under the power of sin—the
Son effected both these things, being the Word of God,
descending from the Father,
becoming incarnate, stooping low, even to death,
and consummating the arranged plan of our salvation, upon
whom [Paul],
exhorting us unhesitatingly to believe, again
says, Who shall ascend into heaven?
That is, to bring down Christ; or who shall descend
into the deep? That is, to liberate Christ again
from the dead.
Romans 10:6-7 Then he continues, If you shall confess with
your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your
heart that God has raised Him
from the dead, you shall be saved.
Romans 10:9 And he renders the reasonFor to this end Christ both
lived, and died, and revived, that He might rule over the living and
the dead.
(Romans 14:9) And again, writing to the Corinthians, he declares,
But we preach Christ Jesus
crucified;
(I Cor 1:23) and adds, The cup of blessing which we bless,
is it not the communion of the blood of Christ?
(I Cor 10:16)


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