How Shall They Hear Without A Preacher?
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. 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? 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!” —Romans 10:13-15
In these three verses, we are given God’s plan for evangelism. I would pray that you read and take to heart what the Lord says about evangelism and the responsibility that we all must share.
This one word tells us that it is God’s plan for all of humanity to be saved, without any regard to gender, race, or socio-economic standing. It states that there is no one—no matter how bound by sin—whom the Lord cannot save.
“Whosoever” also tells us that everyone deserves to hear the gospel at least once. There are approximately 7 billion people on earth. With that number of people, there is really only one way to reach the masses and that is through television. There are simply not enough missionaries to cover the globe.
How Shall They Believe In Him Of Whom They Have Not Heard?
This phrase tells us several things: Paul himself wrote in Romans, Chapter 1, that man is without excuse, referring to the fact of the existence of God. Creation demands a creator (Rom. 1:20). However, the mere knowledge of God has nothing to do with salvation. In other words, people are not saved simply because they know and believe that there is a God. Something else is needed, and that something else is the gospel of Jesus Christ preached unto them. Simply put: they must hear!
This passage also tells us that ignorance is not salvation. We know from the Word of God that a person must believe in the Lord Jesus Christ in order to be saved (Jn. 3:16; Rom. 10:9-10). However, they cannot believe if they have not heard that in which they are to believe. Consequently, that’s the reason that the last message of Jesus Christ was what is commonly referred to as the Great Commission (Mk. 16:15-20).
For every person in the world who does not have an opportunity to hear the true gospel of Jesus Christ, as far as that person is concerned, all that God did to redeem humanity was in vain.
And How Shall They Hear Without A Preacher?
This phrase tells us God’s method of proclaiming His message. God has chosen the manner of preaching to proclaim His Word. There is nothing in the world more powerful than a Holy Spirit-anointed preacher of the gospel.
We are not speaking about the preacher’s education, oratorical capabilities, or intellectual knowledge, but rather one who has heard from heaven and has been given a message by the Lord to deliver.
And How Shall They Preach, Except They Be Sent?
This tells us, in no uncertain terms, that the ones who send the preacher are just as important as the preacher. Just as God calls someone to preach His Word, at the same time, He calls others to support the one He whom has sent.
Actually, the reader is just as important as the one sent. Every single believer has a responsibility to do what he can do to help take the gospel of Jesus Christ to the world. Although only a few are called directly to preach the gospel, all believers are, in fact, called in some capacity respecting world evangelism.
Everyone can pray for those whom God has called to preach His Word, and, as well, every believer can give something to help the gospel go forth.
In closing, the Lord has called this ministry for world evangelism. As well, He has called you to pray and to give. As we begin a brand-new year, I hope that you will continually lift us up in prayer and give what you are able to give so that others may hear and be saved.
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