- Romans 10:15-21
- Rom 10:15 (KJV)
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!
(Isa 52:7 KJV) How beautiful upon
the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that
publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth
salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!
Paul asks the fourth question concerning how can anyone preach or
proclaim the Gospel unless they are sent? This is the great question
which every truly born again person must answer. It is a shame that when
parents plan the future of their Christian children, it seems missions
is never an option, only industry. God sees the feet of those who bring
the true Gospel as beautiful. In fact, the word “beautiful” carries with
it the meaning of “timely or seasonable.” Whenever we bring the Gospel
to anyone, it is always in a timely manner because they may not see
tomorrow or we may not see tomorrow. This is why it is important for
Christians to get busy doing something because sooner or later God is
going to wrap it all up. We wouldn’t want to go to Heaven with an empty
Rom 10:16 (KJV)
But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord,
who hath believed our report?
Here Paul states that not all Israel has obeyed the Gospel in Isaiah’s
time of prophesying. The question is then asked who hath believed our
report? Well only those whom God has chosen from the foundations of the
world will believe the Gospel. The majority of those in ancient Israel
did not believe the reports of the prophets and the majority of the
people in the world will not believe the proclamation of the true
Gospel, yet it is the responsibility of all believers to continue in
evangelism, no matter what hindrances they run in to.
Rom 10:17 (KJV)
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Here is the essence of the matter. Those who are truly saved are never
saved apart from the hearing of the Word of God. It has been asked that
what happens if there is a tribe somewhere in the world that never hears
the Gospel? If that is the case, then that means there was no Elect
among that specific group and therefore the word of God did not have to
be preached to them, but we do not know whether there is Elect among any
nation so it is our responsibility to continue to send forth the Gospel
everywhere we can. Presently there are some people who believe that we
do not have to hear the gospel to be saved. Billy Graham and Robert
Schuller teach that you do not have to hear the true word of God to
become saved. They are convinced that there will be many in Heaven from
different religions. That is so heretical because we read above that
faith (salvation) comes from the hearing of the word of God. When the
Elect of God are hearing the Gospel proclaimed and it is their time of
salvation, then they will become saved on that hearing. The absence of
the Gospel is not a means of salvation. If it was, then we should stop
all Bible preaching so people can become saved without the Gospel. Isn’t
that ridiculous, especially in light of the Lord’s Great Commission.
(Mark 16:15 KJV) And he said unto
them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
If a person can be saved outside of hearing the Gospel, then why did the
Lord command us to go and preach to all the world? He should have said,
go and be silent in all the world. When people espouse theories like
that, they should be branded a heretic but what do Christians do with
people like that? They send them millions of dollars to keep them
preaching their heresy. May God forgive us for supporting heresy based
on the personality of the one bringing it.
Rom 10:18 (KJV)
But I say, Have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went
into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.
Now Paul switches his emphasis from the ones who bring the message to
those who hear it. Who is the they? Paul is now emphasizing that Israel
has already heard the Gospel, in fact, they have been saturated with it.
Paul here speaks of the known world not the entire world as has been
reached today. During the time Paul lived, there was probably not one
Jew who did not know about the crucifixion of the Lord Jesus and who He
was, plus the claims that He made. Think of the thousands that must have
been instantly told about the raising of Lazarus. Do we think an event
like that would not warrant publicity? Israel was the most evangelized
nation with all her prophets and divine warnings. Israel had no excuse
concerning her behavior toward the true Gospel.
Rom 10:19 (KJV)
But I say, Did not Israel know? First Moses saith, I will
provoke you to jealousy by them that are no people, and by a foolish
nation I will anger you.
(Deu 32:21 KJV) They have moved me
to jealousy with that which is not God; they have provoked me to anger
with their vanities: and I will move them to jealousy with those which
are not a people; I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation.
God had continued to preach the Gospel to Israel and the first one He
used was Moses. Moses had penned the first five books of the Bible
leaving them a record of God’s grace and warnings. God said that He
would provoke them to jealousy by bestowing His grace on another foolish
nation. That nation is the nation of Gentiles that God has saved through
His grace. When the Israelites saw the Gentiles coming into the Kingdom
of God, it was to provoke the Israelites to become jealous that instead
of them receiving God’s favor, a nation of rebellious people who did not
know God would receive the favor. The Gentiles did not know God but
after Calvary when the Holy Spirit was given, the Jews saw thousands of
Gentiles coming into the Kingdom and this should have provoked them to
at least inquire but instead in their rebellion, they continued to
Rom 10:20 (KJV)
But Esaias is very bold, and saith, I was found of them that
sought me not; I was made manifest unto them that asked not after me.
(Isa 65:1 KJV) I am sought of them
that asked not for me; I am found of them that sought me not: I said,
Behold me, behold me, unto a nation that was not called by my name.
Here is one the most clearest verses on Election. The Gentiles who did
not seek after God nor did they want anything to do with Him, suddenly
have become Christians. Nobody wakes up in the morning and says I think
today I am going to get saved. God revealed Himself, through Grace, to
many thousands of Gentiles. Whether it is in Isaiah’s time or in Paul’s
time or in our time, no one is saved apart from the Grace of God through
the Lord Jesus Christ. During the time of Isaiah, Judah was being a very
stiff necked people so God was already revealing that He was about to
bring His salvation program outside of the borders of Israel, eventually
to the entire world. There would be many in different countries who
would become saved from false religions. When a person is in a false
religion, they are not seeking after the true God because salvation is
always on His terms and not theirs.
Rom 10:21 (KJV)
But to Israel he saith, All day long I have stretched forth my
hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people.
(Isa 65:2 KJV) I have spread out my
hands all the day unto a rebellious people, which walketh in a way that
was not good, after their own thoughts; Here
God gives another indictment against Israel. He stated that He was going
to provoke them to jealousy by bringing the Gospel to other nations.
Yet, this did not move Israel in the slightest to mend her ways
concerning the things of God. God had had a special relationship with
the nation of Israel from the time they came out of the land of Egypt
and all His goodness was only returned with rebellion. Israel had
thought they had a permanent covenant with God and that their actions
would not abrogate that covenant. They were wrong because God finally
dissolved both the Northern Kingdom and Judah and assimilated them into
the nations, never to be heard from again. Since Calvary, God is now
dealing with the whole world, not just one nation.