Words of God through Moses in Deuteronomy 30:14 misconstrued by Paul

Romans 10:6-9, "Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down! from above); or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead). But what saith it (viz. Scripture)? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that is, the word of I faith which we preach: That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God has raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved."

If those to whom Paul was preaching had referred to the thirtieth chapter of Deuteronomy, verse 14, they might have perceived that the words of Moses were misconstrued by the Apostle. That part of our law tells us merely that it is within the reach of every man to be penitent, and obtain mercy and pardon.

Our lawgiver having spoken in general terms, "If thou wilt turn to the Lord thy God, with all thy heart and all thy soul," etc., goes on to say, (Deuteronomy 30:11) "For the commandment which I give thee this day is not hidden from thee, nor is it too far off. It is not in heaven that thou mightest say, Who shall go up into heaven for us, and bring it down for us that we may practice it?" etc.

It having been shown that the nature of the gift of mercy is put in juxtaposition with the ease of acquiring it, we are enabled to comprehend the expression, "This matter is very near unto thee, it is in thy heart and thy mouth that thou mayest do it."

 
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