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Salvation Is Accessible 

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Romans 10:16-17

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

Beautiful Feet

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Romans 10:14-15

Beautiful Feet

Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall

For people to be redeemed, they must walk through various essential stages. If any link in the chain is broken, the Gospel’s electric spark cannot cross the break. For this reason, redeemed communities have to realize they are commissioned to protect the chain and keep it from breaking down. In our text, Paul reminds us we must be sure the message we have received is for sure transmitted to those who need it.

Romans 10:14a But how can they call on Him they have not believed in?

And how can they believe without hearing about Him?

People cannot call on God for salvation unless they by faith trust in Jesus as Lord. It is impossible for sinners to have any chance of doing this until they hear the message of Jesus. “It is not born with us” (Henry).

We do not inherently know the Gospel message. By nature people are ignorant of the Jesus-story; they do not know Jesus died for everyone, and do not know the Gospel is universal in its outreach. Since the story is meant for all, but no one knows it on their own, it is incumbent on those who know the story to tell it to those who do not. Jesus’ message should be shared with all. Every person has the right to clearly hear the message of salvation.

Romans 10:14b And how can they hear without a preacher?

This word “preacher” is actually “one pr