Romans 10:13 sets forward a bold declaration: “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” This quote from the Messianic message of Joel 2:32, serves as a synecdoche (a figure of speech in which a part represents the whole), which speaks of a person’s acceptance of Jesus as Messiah and surrender to His lordship in their lives. This is astonishingly good news! Everyone who accepts Jesus as Lord and Christ will be saved!
This assertion is followed (Romans 10:14-15) by four piercing questions:
1) How can they call on the One in whom they have not believed?
2) How can they believe in Jesus, if they have not heard of Him?
3) How can they hear about Jesus, if no one preaches the Gospel to them?
4) How can preachers preach, unless they are sent?
While other points are involved, these questions convincingly instruct Christians of all ages concerning the majesty of our mission! To call on the Lord and be saved, people must believe in Him. Such belief is predicated upon hearing the Jesus-story. In order for people to hear the message of cross it must be proclaimed openly and published widely. This not only requires storytellers and publishers, but, also, those who are willing to send them forth to this noble task.
Could the logic be clearer? But, Paul does not have mere academic ends in view. He is not attempting to train readers as logicians. His purpose, in no small part, is to persuade Christians to recognize what a truly fabulous trust God has given us.
While only a relatively few will actually stand before a public gathering proclaiming the message, we can all be par of sending the Gospel throughout the world! The feet of those who bring the Good News are beautiful—not just because of the content of the message—but, also, because they represent the devotion of the body of Christ as a whole to the marvelous ministry of telling and publishing the Jesus-story. Sharing the soul-saving Gospel of Christ is a majestic mission, without parallel.
May we never forget that the feet of those who bring good news are beautiful to those who are crying for relief.
May we never forget this mission includes both sharing the message and sending the message-sharers!
May we never forget that proclaiming openly and publishing widely the faith-building, soul-saving Jesus-story is a most majestic mission!
© Bill Williams
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