Posted by: missionventureministries | March 29, 2011

FAITH COMES FROM HEARING THE WORD ABOUT CHRIST –Romans 10:17

So faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.” – Romans 10:17 

Before a person believes on Christ he must HEAR. Jesus . . . said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” and He answered, “Who is He, Lord that I may believe in Him?” Jesus said to him, “You have both seen Him, and He is the one who is talking with you.” And he said, “Lord, I believe.” And he worshiped Him. John 9:35-38

A person cannot believe in Jesus Christ if he has never heard of Him. Faith is based upon the facts concerning who Christ is and what He has done. The facts are found in the Word of God and those facts must be HEARD. “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.”

Before a person can hear, he must have the gospel presented to them, or they must have the opportunity to read a tract about the “Good News”. Without someone presenting the gospel message there can be no faith and no salvation. Believers have an awesome responsibility in this, because we are the instruments God uses to evangelize.

Verse 10:15 in Romans asks: “How will they preach unless they are sent?”  Before a person can preach, they must be sent by God! God is the One who does the sending! God, not man, sends forth His servants and His missionaries. We do the praying: “Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest” – Matthew 9:38 and God will do the sending.

It would be wonderful if everyone who heard the gospel would believe the good news and be saved. The tragedy is that the great majority of those who hear the gospel reject it: “However, they did not all heed the good news; for Isaiah says, “LORD, WHO HAS BELIEVED OUR REPORT?” – Romans 10:16

How tragic! God has good news and people don’t want it! They reject God’s offer of peace (v.15). They reject God’s invitation to be saved for “WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED.”

Trying to pierce a sinner’s heart without the Bible is like a soldier trying to pierce the enemy’s heart without a sword. Believers do not need to defend the Bible nor do they need to try to prove that it is true. They simply need to use the Bible, trusting a great God to honor His Word and do the work in the hearts of men and women. God’s Word will go forth and accomplish its purpose: “So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; it will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it” – Isaiah 55:11.

God’s emissaries must be those that teach the truths from the Scriptures. May we never substitute our own ideas, opinions or philosophies for the pure, unadulterated truth of God’s Word! “In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation–having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise,” –  Ephesians 1:13. Faith comes by hearing the gospel!

 

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  1. Great truth! Unfortunatly many churches are substituting an emergent Misional
    gospel for the true missionary gospel of Jesus Christ that brings salvation to the
    repented believer.
    Blessings,
    Beverly


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