But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” (Romans 10:14-15)
In the preceding verse we read, “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved,” and this is the result. Now he begins to backtrack from the end to the beginning. Salvation does not just happen when someone decides one day to believe. There is a process involved in bringing the grace of God to a human life. While it might culminate with that person calling on the name of the Lord, there are many events behind that that declaration.
Behind the call is belief. How can they call on someone they don’t believe in? Think about it, if we do not reach the point where we truly believe that the Lord is real and can do something about our situation, we will never call on his name.
Hebrews 11:6 states:
“Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to God must first, believe that he exists, and secondly, that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”
Behind the belief, is the message that is heard. How can they believe in the someone they have not heard about? In other words, faith always has an object. Faith is not some ethereal feeling or sentiment. It is grounded in objective truth. Therefore, there must be a message of that truth. The message of Christ must be told if people are going to be able to believe. It is faith in the truth that makes the difference. Today we have people saying that as long as your faith is sincere, that is enough. However, if your faith is grounded in a lie, that is not good enough. You might have all the misguided faith in the world that you can fly if you leap off a tall building. When you leap, however, your faith will give way to reality. In itself, faith does not make it happen. Faith must be grounded in the truth to have any value.
Behind the message, is the messenger. How can they hear without someone preaching to them? A messenger always delivers the message. This has always been God’s plan. The message is to be communicated by someone who believes it and has had his life changed by it.
Now, who is the preacher here? Does it have to be someone standing behind a pulpit? Or could it be that every Christian is a preacher of the Gospel? Certainly. Paul said in another letter that we are living epistles—our very lives are reflections of the reality of Jesus. The ministry is not just for the “ordained ministers.” The ministry is for every believer. All of you are ministers. All of you are living epistles of the grace of God, read by all men. All of you carry on your lips and in your lives the testimony of the salvation that can come by faith in Jesus Christ. All of us have a responsibility to let that Good News be known. The won’t read the Bible—however, they will read you!
Now, behind the messenger, is the sender. How can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” There should be no doubt who does the sending. It is the Lord himself. He has sent us all to spread the message.
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