Paul uses timeless truth to back up his explanation of the Gospel. Paul quotes four Old Testament texts in the nine verses of Romans 10:9-17. He addressed the Jews here as he attempted to show that Jesus and His work had been prophesied and, as such, should be believed. We can gain more insight as we look back at these Old Testament texts.
Truth from Isaiah
Three of these quoted truths are from the prophet Isaiah. Isaiah lived seven hundred years before Jesus, but his writings are often called the Gospel of the Old Testament.
Romans 10: 11 As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.” Isaiah 28:16b It is a precious cornerstone that is safe to build on. Whoever believes need never be shaken. This part of Isaiah is a song the redeemed will sing to Messiah when He comes. We know that Jesus is the cornerstone for building our lives. As a result, we will not be shaken nor disgraced.
Romans 10: 15 And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!” Isaiah 52:7 How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the messenger who brings good news, the good news of peace and salvation, the news that the God of Israel reigns! Isaiah spoke of the joy when Israel returned to their land after being exiled to Babylon. We also experience joy when Jesus frees us from slavery to sin and reigns over our lives. In each case, someone had to travel to bring the good news to others. Feet, while not usually considered beautiful, became beautiful because of what they brought.
Romans 10: 16 But not everyone welcomes the Good News, for Isaiah the prophet said, “Lord, who has believed our message? Isaiah 53:1 Who has believed our message? This chapter of Isaiah is about the suffering servant, which is Jesus. Isaiah described the suffering of Christ and ended by saying; He bore the sins of many. Even though Jesus did all this for us so that we can be saved, not everyone will believe.
Truth from Joel
Romans 10: 13 For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Joel 2:32 But everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. Here Joel is speaking of what will happen when Messiah comes. As the chapter begins, Joel calls the people to come and repent. Then he moves on to how the Lord will restore and send His Spirit. The quoted verse is the result of repentance, God’s restoration, and the power of the Holy Spirit. This is precisely how God continues to work with us today.
Believe the Truth
Paul uses these timeless truths to communicate the Gospel so that those who hear the good news of Jesus can believe. To learn more about timeless truth, listen here: