What Does Romans 10:11 Mean?

By David J. Stewart | January 2011

Romans 10:11, “For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.”

       I have heard some preachers over the radio butcher this Scripture, teaching heresy. I've heard numerous preachers teach that a person is not saved if they are ashamed of Jesus. That is simply not true my friend. That is not what Romans 10:11 means at all.

The Greek word for ashamed here is “kataischuno” and means “put to shame, disgrace.” God is saying that whosoever trusts upon the Lord will not be put to shame, i.e., he will not be disgraced.

Romans 10:11 is a quote from the Old Testament. Isaiah 28:16, “Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth SHALL NOT MAKE HASTE.” If we simply cross-reference with Scripture, then we easily find the correct interpretation of Scriptures. The Bible is not so lengthy that it cannot be read through in a few weeks by the average person. Certainly if we read the Bible on a regular basis we are going to read Scriptures that remind us of other Scriptures we have read.

The New Testament quotes the Old Testament HUNDREDS of times. In such passages we already know that there is someplace in the Old Testament where we need to look if we want to compare wording to make sure we have the correct meaning of that Scripture. Such is the case in Romans 10:11, “For the scripture saith...” Romans 10:11 plainly tells us that it is a quote from the Old Testament; yet, lazy preachers fail to look at what the Old Testament says and end up teaching false doctrine.

Isaiah 28:16 plainly reveals what Romans 10:11 means. God is PROMISING that whosoever trusts upon the Lord for salvation will NOT be disgraced, will not be disappointed, will not be let down. JESUS NEVER FAILS!!!


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