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Romans 10:14-17 – Faith Comes from Proclamation

Summary

Faith in the gospel of Christ comes from hearing it proclaimed.

Analysis

Paul wonders why the Jewish people have not accepted the gospel. He asks whether they have not heard the gospel being proclaimed. Within that context he speaks of the importance of the preacher of the gospel, sent by God to proclaim it. Faith, he says, "comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the word of Christ." The phrase word of Christ most likely means proclamation about Christ, not the words from Christ himself. This verse is related to what Paul says in Romans 1:16. The gospel about Christ, as it is proclaimed, sets people free from bondage to sin and its consequences.

Romans 10:14-17

14 But how are they to call on one in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in one of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone to proclaim him? 15And how are they to proclaim him unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’ 16But not all have obeyed the good news;* for Isaiah says, ‘Lord, who has believed our message?’ 17So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the word of Christ.*

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