Today’s Reading: Romans 10:14-11:12
It is amazing how little people know about the Word of God, especially in places where virtually everyone has access to the Bible. This was demonstrated by Tonight Show host Jay Leno. Leno frequently does “man-on-the-street” interviews, and one night he collared some young people to ask them questions about the Bible. “Can you name one of the Ten Commandments?” he asked two college-age women. One replied, “Freedom of speech?” Mr. Leno said to the other, “Complete this sentence: Let he who is without sin…” Her response was, “have a good time?” Mr. Leno then turned to a young man and asked, “Who, according to the Bible, was eaten by a whale?” The confident answer was, “Pinocchio.” Such misunderstandings while seeming to be humorous are tragic. The importance of God’s Word is reiterated throughout its pages and no more powerfully than in Romans 10:7 where it states, “faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God”
The Gospel is the power of God unto salvation to everyone who believes. God desires that every person has an opportunity to respond to the gospel and call upon Him. Since Jesus Christ is Lord of all, the Gospel should be proclaimed to all. Once that understanding of the desire of God’s heart has been acknowledged, it will probe deep into listening hearts with the question; “Are you willing under God to do your part ‘that the world may hear’ the Gospel?”
So men everywhere are urged to call upon the name of the Lord Jesus and be saved. If men though must call on Jesus to be saved, how is it going to occur? Hence arise the necessity to proclaim worldwide the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Faith in Jesus depends on a knowledge of Jesus. People must hear the gospel before they can respond to it. For it is the Word that creates faith in the heart of the hearer.
Calling upon God implies faith, and faith implies knowledge, and knowledge instruction, and instruction an instructor, and an instructor a plan. For without a divinely authorized and empowered plan or ministry the truth with regard to the way of salvation through the Messiah would be unknown to mankind.
One must hear the gospel if they are to have an opportunity to respond to it. If men are ignorant of the Messiah, they cannot believe in Him and if they do not believe in Him, they cannot call on Him making Him the object of their religious trust, and if they do not call on Him they cannot be saved.