Salvation Is Accessible
Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall
Romans 10:16a But all did not…
Paul strongly advocated that the Gospel was intended for all people, but it was obvious not everyone was receiving it. The overwhelming majority of Jews were rejecting the Gospel, the same could be said of Gentles. In fact, to this very day, the largest part of both groups remains in unbelief.
Some measure success solely by numbers. This is not the case with the Gospel. Its effectiveness is measured by its quality, not by the quantity of its adherents. People’s rejection of the Gospel is a poor reflection on themselves.
Romans 10:16b … obey…
Paul has repeatedly spoken of believing the Gospel; now he says it is to be obeyed. These are actually one and the same. Obedience is an inseparable effect of faith. Faith implies submission and surrender. Obedience is the child of faith.
Since the Gospel is meant to be obeyed, it is presented to people as a command. It is not offered as an option to be pondered, but as a command to be obeyed. “God now commands all people everywhere to repent” (Acts 17:3).
The fact the Gospel is presented as a command means there is good news and bad news for sinners. The good news: since all pe