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Nobody who trusts in Christ will be ashamed

Romans 10:11

Paul repeats the same words that he used at the end of Romans 9:33. Clearly, he considered these words very important. Nobody who trusts in Christ will be ashamed. That is, they will not be ashamed of their belief and trust in Christ. God will not disappoint any of them. God will save (rescue) them all, from the power of their sin (evil deeds), from the devil and from death. He will establish the rule of Christ over all things. God cannot fail; he will certainly carry out all of his promises to his people.

Paul reminds us that these words were already in the Bible. They come from Isaiah 28:16. The first Christians believed that the whole Bible, including its older books called the Old Testament, is God’s word (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21). God provided the Bible for our benefit (15:4). He wants us to trust its promises (Hebrews 6:13-19). What God has said, is certain (2 Corinthians 1:20).

In order to emphasise the meaning, Paul adds a word here that he did not use previously (9:33). It is the word that means ‘everyone’. It is not easy to include that word when we translate the verse into English. We could say ‘Everyone who believes on Christ will not suffer shame’. Paul will explain in verse 12 why he includes that word. God’s promise is to everyone, from every nation. People from every nation can put their trust in Christ (Matthew 28:19). God will not disappoint any of them. He, the God of Israel, is the God of the whole world and the only real God. Therefore, he wants people from every nation to trust him. He will save everyone who does that (10:13).

Next part: God's kindness is for people from every nation (Romans 10:12)


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