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Romans 10:8 – In your mouth and heart

31-08-2021 - Posted by Hans

But what is it saying? Near you is the declaration, in your mouth and in your heart – that is, the declaration of faith which we are heralding.

Paul argues in these verses that even under the old covenant Moses already spoke of “righteousness of faith”. As in the prophecy of Deuteronomy 30 where the re-gathering of Israel from the nations is foretold. From then on Israel will find that the commandment is neither difficult nor far away (Deut.30:11).

Under the old covenant, it was believed that the law would be done with hands and feet. A continuous exercise in following up orders. Under the new covenant, on the other hand, it will be discovered that the law is a “word of faith.” No orders but promises. Not a word that should be worked but a word that should be believed. A word whose fulfillment is guaranteed by God himself.

Paul preaches this “word of faith.” But, he says: Moses already proclaimed this. Hence “the word of faith which we herald”. Once the covering of the heart is removed (= the circumcision of the heart), it will be revealed that God’s word is all promise. He does it! And that word also fills hearts and mouths!