June 11, 2010

How Shall They Know Without You?

How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!” Romans 10:14-15, NKJV.

The Apostle Paul describes four very important questions that point to those that stand in judgment against God and their opposition to God’s work of salvation in and through Jesus Christ. Two questions that concern those that have yet to be saved by grace, through faith in Christ and two questions that concern whom will go and preach concerning salvation by grace, through faith in Christ.

These questions that Paul asks the Christians in Rome 2,000 years ago are equally significant today and he sounds as if he were speaking on behalf of a multitude of people who are desperately searching for the Messiah and wanting someone to come and share the Gospel with them.

Paul had a burden for the Jews and likewise, we too must have a burden for people to come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

Paul’s focus was not primarily on those that were not saved, but those Christians in Rome that would play a critical role in the salvation of others, elsewhere.

Paul was explaining that calling upon Christ resulted from believing in Him. Believing in Him resulted from hearing about Him. Hearing about Jesus Christ resulted from someone speaking about Christ and such a person is one whom has come and stood boldly to preach about Christ and His life, death, burial and resurrection from the grave, which is GOOD NEWS!

What a great example of Christ-centered evangelism too!

The word preacher in Greek refers to a herald as a public crier, especially divine truth concerning the gospel, so a preacher is not someone that explicitly stands behind a pulpit on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings to proclaim God’s Word to a congregation. A preacher is anyone that will speak God’s divine truth concerning Jesus Christ as the acceptable sacrifice for sin, to God.

Even though Paul was the perfect candidate to go himself with his extensive Hebrew education (Philippians 3:5) and this letter was to be his last, he was imploring the Christians of Rome, who will go and evangelize Israel? For us today the question isn’t who will go, but will I go?

Someone must go and preach the Gospel! Someone must go! Will you go and bring glad tidings of Jesus Christ to people?

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