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Faith Comes by Hearing the Word of God

John Collins02/27/2012Romans 10 tells us that the desire of Paul's heart and his prayer to God was that Israel would be saved.  They had a zeal for God, but this zeal was not for the things they knew about God.  They were ignorant of God's righteousness, and so they were trying to establish their own righteousness.  They had not submitted themselves to the righteousness of God.

Chist is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believed on Him.  Moses described the law, which was the way of righteousness under the old covenant.  The man that lived by the law would be given life.  But righteousness through faith tells us that the law cannot make us ascend into heaven or descend into the earth to bring Christ back from the dead.  Now, righteousness brings the word of faith, which Paul preached.

Paul said that if we confess the Lord Jesus aloud, and believe that he was raised from the dead from within our hearts, we would be saved.

The heart of man believes unto righteousness, and the confession of our words makes salvation.  The scriptures say that whoever believes on Him will not be ashamed.  

There is no difference between the peoples.  Whoever calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved.  Paul asked: How can the people call on Jesus Christ when they had not believed on Him and the things that He taught?  How can they believe in Him when they had not heard?  How can they hear what God said without a preacher?  How can the preachers preach unless they are sent from God?  It is written in the scriptures, "How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!"  But not all of the preachers had obeyed the Gospel.  Therefore, faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Paul asked them, had they really not heard the word of the Lord?  The sound of the prophets went around to all of the earth, and their words went unto the ends of the world.  Moses and Isaiah both prophesied about Jesus Christ.  Isaiah said to Israel that "All the day long, I have stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient people that said things to the work of their own good."

As Christians, we should ask ourselves: Do we think that the things we know will take us to heaven?  Do we think that by living our lives according to laws taken from the old covenant we will be saved?  Do we preach that all who believe on Jesus Christ will be saved, or do we preach that belief on something else will save us?  Do we preach peace?  Or have we been like Isaiah described Israel: disobedient?