12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.14 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?15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Pastor Ben’s Commentary:
-God did not just come for one particular race of people, but for everyone. v.12
-The way that you are made right with God is by faith. v.13
-You can’t put your faith into something you don’t know about. How can people call on Jesus to save them, if they haven’t believed in Jesus in the first place? v.14
-How can they believe on Jesus if they’ve never heard of Him and that He came to die for their sins? v.14
-How can they hear about Jesus if someone doesn’t proclaim that message to them? v. 14-15
-So faith in Jesus happens when people share and declare the Word of God. v.16-17
1. To be saved, people must have heard and believed in Jesus. In John 14:6 Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No man comes to the Father, but by Me.” There is no “Plan B”, because Plan A has already happened.
2. God’s plan is for people who have heard and believed to proclaim the “good news” to those who have not heard or believed. It’s not an option, or a recommendation. It’s God’s plan for your life to share Him with other people. Who is the last person you told about Jesus?
3. What we are to be sharing is God’s Word. That is what produces faith. We don’t have to make up something. We already have it. And to share God’s Word, we must know, believe and trust God’s Word. Could you lead someone to Christ with just your Bible?
Faith comes when people hear the good news of Jesus Christ because we were obedient to proclaim it!