Faith and righteousness (Rom 10:6)

“But the righteousness

That comes from faith says.

‘Do not say

In your heart.

‘Who will ascend into heaven?’

That is

To bring Christ down.”

ἡ δὲ ἐκ πίστεως δικαιοσύνη οὕτως λέγει Μὴ εἴπῃς ἐν τῇ καρδίᾳ σου Τίς ἀναβήσεται εἰς τὸν οὐρανόν; τοῦτ’ ἔστιν Χριστὸν καταγαγεῖν·

Paul said that this righteousness (δικαιοσύνη οὕτως) comes from faith (ἡ δὲ ἐκ πίστεως) says (λέγει).  “Do not say in your heart (Μὴ εἴπῃς ἐν τῇ καρδίᾳ σου).  ‘Who will ascend into heaven (Τίς ἀναβήσεται εἰς τὸν οὐρανόν)?’  This is to bring Christ down (τοῦτ’ ἔστιν Χριστὸν καταγαγεῖν).”  Paul used a citation from Deuteronomy, chapter 30:11-14, where Yahweh said to Moses.  “Surely, this commandment that I am commanding you today is not too hard for you, nor is it too far away.  It is not in heaven, that you should say, ‘who will go up to heaven for us, and get it for us so that we may hear it and observe it?’”  In other words, you did not need to send someone to heaven to find out about this law.  These were not impractical laws, but something everyone could follow.  These words were very near to everyone, within them.  They are not that hard.  They were not in heaven, but in their mouths and hearts.  In a certain sense they resemble the ‘natural law’ of the scholastics.  The word of God that was written by Moses, the Mosaic law was available to them.  Then Paul threw in the comment about Jesus who had descended from heaven for them already.  What role does the Mosaic law play in your life?

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