Dear brothers and sisters, the longing of my heart and my prayer to God is for the people of Israel to be saved. I know what enthusiasm they have for God, but it is misdirected zeal. For they don’t understand God’s way of making people right with himself. Refusing to accept God’s way, they cling to their own way of getting right with God by trying to keep the law. For Christ has already accomplished the purpose for which the law was given. As a result, all who believe in him are made right with God.Romans 10:1-4
Paul describes the people of Israel as those who are zealous about their religion, but they’ve missed the relationship with God because they refused to surrender to God through Christ.
Paul knew first hand what it meant to be zealous and still headed in the wrong direction until he came literally face to face with Christ (Acts 9:1-19),
Even though I know the truth of who Jesus is and am confident in the words of passages like the one above, it is all too easy for me to make the same mistake in my daily Christian walk. Have I made the “rules” of following Christ the priority in my life or am I following and being obedient based on my relationship with Christ?
Paul indicates that I should have a zeal for God, but according to real knowledge of the righteousness that comes from God. So from a theological standpoint, the work of Christ on the cross and His physical resurrection is the central point of The Gospel.
Any other works or zeal or gospel is really no truth at all. I can put our trust in the things I don’t do – the rules we keep – and in the end believe a lie, because I did not submit to God’s righteousness.