Lesson Scriptures: Romans 10:9-17
Key Lesson Theme: “Committed to His Mission”
Today's Lesson: Thursday, November 26
14 How, then, can they call on him they have not believed in? And how can they believe without hearing about him? And how can they hear without a preacher?
15 And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news.
16 But not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, Lord, who has believed our message?
17 So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the message about Christ.
In verses 9-10, Paul had clearly established the connection between confession and belief. No one can profess or confess what he or she does not believe. No one can believe what he or she does not know or has not heard.
The Lord commissions all who follow Him to accept His mission as their mission (Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 1:8). Of all the ways God could have chosen to carry out His plan, He chose to assign this work to human beings, to those who are by faith His children. “Here is the desperate urgency for missions. The message of salvation, which is meant for all mankind, fails of its purpose if those who have received it betray the genius of their faith and fail to share it with others.”
Paul noted that the Lord continued to send out messengers with the good news of Jesus Christ and the deliverance to peace available in Him. The Jews had been exposed to the message of salvation; hence, they were without excuse, as are all people who hear but do not believe (Rom. 1:20). Paul considered himself a missionary to the Gentiles. Yet, they too must believe to be saved.
To believers, the lesson from this verse is a reminder of how critical it is to give others an opportunity to hear the message of salvation as part of our own witness. Believers are responsible to share the gospel; the unbelieving hearers are responsible for what they do with it. This was quite personal for Paul. “Paul [was] compelled to carry out his apostolic call: God himself is the one who commissioned him to announce what God has done, to open the way, through the announcement, for the response of trust in such a gracious God (2 Cor. 5:18-20). That is why the divine woe is upon Paul if he shirks this task: He will be failing in his part of God’s redemptive purposes for all human beings if he does not tell them what God has done for them in Christ (1 Cor. 9:16).” 4 That motivation is not to be any less for us.
What are some lasting truths from Romans 10:14-17?
>Believing requires a hearing of the message, the word of God.
>Hearing requires someone who is faithful to speak the message.
>The one who speaks the gospel faithfully does so because he has been sent.
>Not everyone who hears the good news will believe it; nevertheless, the one who declares it does not give up on his calling.
Until tomorrow Saints...
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