Is for their salvation. Would that we saw more of it. from hatred and ill will to them, he judged it proper, as before, Thus, though tenderly affected towards his countrymen, still the could not dissemble the truth, or flatter them in their incredulity, and hardness of heart. Paul meant to assure his brethren according to the flesh, that all his feelings towards them were kind, and that he earnestly desired their salvation. Romans 10:1-10 King James Version (KJV) 10 Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. Romans 10:1. A zeal for God, but ignorant. 169 f.]); to the connection with ἐστί to be understood, εὐδοκία would not be suitable. молитва к Богу об Израиле Апостольский призыв Павла к язычникам (11:13; Деян. ‘towards salvation.’. The reasons why the apostle commences this chapter in this tender manner are the following. The camp where our church recently held a men’s retreat had a shooting range, so I took along my .22 caliber rifle which I had never fired. The Alexandrian copy, and some others, read A Greek particle occurs here, which implies that this verse presents the first member of a contrast; the corresponding word is not found in what follows, but the contrasted thought is evidently expressed in Romans 10:3. Article Images Copyright © 2020 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. prayer to God for Israel [was], that they might be be called and saved; that the far greater part should be 4:22; Деян. "The reality of his love is seen in the fact that he prayed for them." With his usual tenderness, the apostle assures his brethren of his solicitude for their welfare, and of his proper appreciation of their character, Romans 10:1, Romans 10:2. rejected, and so be saved in the Lord with an everlasting Here we should especially remark, that while the salvation of his countrymen was the desire of Paul’s heart, and while he was endeavoring in every way possible to call their attention to the Gospel, he did not neglect to offer up prayer for them to God. of the same father, partakers of the same grace and privileges, St. Paul, who was most abundant in labours for the salvation of his brethren, experienced, beyond all others, their hatred and contempt. More literally, the good will of my heart. So should the awful doctrines of religion be preached by all the ambassadors of God. But mark how the text goes on—‘but not according to knowledge.’ Do you not see it is possible to be very zealous about religion, and yet ignorant of God? rejected; that the Israelites who sought for righteousness did The first word answers it all—Christ. Is for them. There is no man that is not a sinner before God, and therefore no man that is not exposed to his everlasting displeasure. Such then is the deliverance which we have by Christ — — — And this way of salvation is suitable. [Consult the preceding context. Paul was abused, reviled, and persecuted by his countrymen, yet he not only forgave them, but constantly prayed for their conversion. Implying communion. The Only Road to Righteousness (Romans 10:1-13) Introduction. The word εὐδοκία means either good pleasure, sovereign purpose, Matthew 11:26; Luke 2:14; 2 Thessalonians 1:11; Ephesians 1:5, Ephesians 1:9, or benevolence, kind feeling, or desire, as in Philippians 1:15. The Jews were not only zealous in their way, but confident that they were right; and yet never attained the object of their pursuit. Haldane's Exposition on the Epistle to the Romans and Hebrews, John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament, Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament, Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary, Heinrich Meyer's Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament, Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament, Alexander MacLaren's Expositions of Holy Scripture, William Godbey's Commentary on the New Testament, Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament, George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, Hodge's Commentary on Romans, Ephesians and First Corintians. The fact of Paul's praying for Israel is instructive, especially in view of Paul's belief of the great prophecies which had predicted their stumbling on Christ, as mentioned at the end of the preceding chapter. after δέησις has apparently been an overcareful grammatical correction: it is by no means universal in the N. T., even where the Greek writers insert it,—and here, seeing that there could be no δεήσεις to any other than God, the omission would be more natural. they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge." Salem Media Group. The intimations which we are obliged to give them respecting their guilt and danger, are considered by them as uncharitable censures, rather than as friendly admonitions; and thus we call forth only the resentment of those, whose eternal interests we are most anxious to promote. . prayer to God for Israel was, that they might be saved; not only that they might be saved in a temporal sense, from these grievous calamities and sore judgments he saw were coming upon them, which he had reason to believe would issue in the destruction of them, as a nation and church; but that they might be spiritually converted, turned from their evil ways, and brought to believe in Christ, whom they had despised and rejected, and so be saved in the Lord with an everlasting salvation: this he might desire not only from a natural affection for them, but as a minister of the Gospel, who cannot but wish that all that hear him might be converted and saved; and as a believer in Christ he might pray for this in submission to the will of God; and especially as he knew there was a seed, a remnant according to the election of grace, at that present time among them, that should be saved, though the larger number of them were cast off. πρὸς τὸν θεὸν is joined to ἡ δέησις, hence there was no need of the (not genuine) article (Acts 8:24; Winer, p. 128 f. [E.T. Thus they were a disobedient and gainsaying (obstinate) people (Romans 10:21). My Prayer to God Is That They Might Be Saved. Concerning the persons saved, such as belong to the election of grace (Rom. Scripture: Romans 10:1–4. Paul was tender, affectionate, kind; convincing by cool argument, and not harshly denouncing; stating the appalling truth, and then pouring out his earnest desires to God that he would avert the impending doom. Note the abundance of connecting words with which Paul links one thought to another: "but" (vv. Romans 10:1 Brethren, my heart"s desire and my supplication to God is for them, that they may be saved. destruction of them, as a nation and church; but that they might said, or should say upon this subject, should be thought to arise Christ, and would be ashamed and confounded; and knowing the He had no pleasure in contemplating the evils which impended over them, his earnest desire and prayer was ( εἰς σωτηρίαν) that they might be saved; literally to salvation, as expressing the end or object towards which his wishes or prayers tend; see Romans 6:22; Galatians 3:17, and frequent examples elsewhere of this use of the preposition εἰς. See on with God, John 1:1. Brethren - This expression seems intended particularly for the Jews, his ancient friends, fellow-worshippers, and kinsmen, but who had embraced the Christian faith. Now he declares to these persons, that the "desire of his heart" was towards Israel, he bore a good will to them, his mind was well disposed and affected towards them, he had a cordial, sincere, and hearty respect for them; and so far was he from being their enemy, that he continually bore them upon his mind at the throne of grace: and his. Other means, as we have opportunity, should not be left untried; but prayer is at all times in our power, and in this we should ever persevere. The Apostle is here expressing his deep Concern that the Jews were turning from Christ to the Law, He speaks very blessedly towards the Close of the Chapter, that no Believer, whether Jew or Gentile, looking to Christ, shall fail of Grace and Salvation in Christ. But you must desire salvation, and pray to God for it yourselves; or else it will be in vain ever to expect it. It does not refer to the temporal calamities which were coming upon them, but to preservation from the eternal anger of God; compare Romans 11:26; 1 Timothy 2:4. (1) because he had stated and defended one of the most offensive doctrines that could be preached to a Jew; and he was desirous to show them that it was not from any lack of affection for them, but that he was urged to it by the pressure of truth. The whole Epistle to the Romans was written with the express view of setting forth the way of salvation. All these evil things proceed from within and defile the man.”. For Israel.—The true text is, “for them.” “Israel” has been put in the margin as an explanatory gloss, and thence found its way into the text. Romans 1:24-25 Commentary. eudokiameans benevolence, and the expression, “my heart‘s desire,” means my earnest and sincere wish. Mention of their deliberate rejection of Christ ( Romans 9:32-33) evidently triggered this emotional expression. and my supplication to God on their behalf, "The reality of his love is seen in the fact that he prayed for them. Brethren. The same caution would we also use in ministering to you the Gospel of Christ. continually bore them upon his mind at the throne of grace: and See generally Fritzsche. It is clear then that at this present time they were not seen as in process of being saved. So he ‘goes about’ his good deeds to quiet his conscience; he ‘goes about’ his thoughts, comparing himself with an unreal standard. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. N.T. Those who are careless about their souls—, [We are bound to desire and pray for your salvation: and we hope that in some small measure we can adopt respecting you the language of the text. Romans 10:2 For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. 2 For I can testify about them that they are zealous. My heart‘s desire - The word “desire” εὐδοκία eudokiameans benevolence, and the expression, “my heart‘s desire,” means my earnest and sincere wish.Prayer to God - He not only cherished this feeling but he expressed in a desire to God. Having shewn, in the second chapter, that the Jews, notwithstanding their being in covenant with God by circumcision, were as much in need of salvation as the idolatrous and abandoned Gentiles, he corrects the apparent severity of his remarks, by saying, “What advantage then hath the Jew? - Though the apostle knew that the Jews were now in a state of rejection, yet he knew also that they were in this state through their own obstinacy, and that God was still waiting to be gracious, and consequently, that they might still repent and turn to him. So should the awful doctrines of religion be preached by all the ambassadors of God. The Jew has Failed by preferring Birth-and-work conditions to that of Faith, Romans 10:1-11. ‘Come, and He will in no wise cast you out.’. I also enthusiastically encouraged several friends to bring along their guns. (Calmet). And why? His knowledge of the punishment God’s wrath will bring on unbelievers causes him deep grief. remnant according to the election of grace, at that present time The moral law shut them up to this method of obtaining salvation, because it denounced nothing but curses against every one that had violated it even in a single instance [Note: Galatians 3:10; Galatians 3:23-24. and going … Possibly there is here a mixture of constructions: the Apostle’s εὐδοκία would be their salvation itself,—his δέησις πρὸς τὸν θ. ὑπὲρ αὐτ. 2 For I bear them record that they have a … If a man does not confess Christ at the hazardof life, character, property, liberty, and everything dear to him, he has not the faith of Christ. Secret things belong to God, and none can tell whether or not they are among the number of the elect. Ver. Note too that Paul's prayer was to the effect that Israel should accept the gospel, not that they should be saved in unbelief. 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