(Romans 10 Commentary), They - Although Paul had earlier stated there was no distinction between Jews and Gentiles (Ro 10:12) in regard to whom righteousness by faith was offered, in the context of this chapter, Paul is referring primarily to Jews, the people of Israel, who heard the good news. Romans 10:18 says, “But I say, surely they have never heard, have they? Our obedience is the fruit of that faith. 3 He was despised and forsaken of men, A man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; And like one from whom men hide their face, He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. (Amplified Bible - Lockman), ESV: But they have not all obeyed the gospel. (SN). — C. H. Spurgeon, What saves us is faith in Christ, not faith in our faith, or faith in the faith.—Augustus H. Strong, Saving faith is resting faith, the trust which relies entirely on the Saviour. If men reject God's natural revelation, they are lost. When the Jews came to Him with their externalism, and thought that God was to be pleased by a whole rabble of separate good actions, and so said, ‘What shall we do that we might work the works of God?' Whenever it is used for any other purpose, it is used wrongly and may do actual injury. You do not have to do a thing but hear! —J. Apparently Phoebe was on her way to Rome (probably entrusted with this precious letter) and Paul sends an advance reco… (SN). See the discussion of this important spiritual dynamic - FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT -- RICHLY INDWELT BY THE WORD. (NASB: Lockman) Greek: ara … However else we may characterize it, failure to obey is simply lack of faith.— Bible Illustrations, The man that believes will obey; failure to obey is convincing proof that there is not true faith present. This was an example to the purpose of the apostle. And fear came on all those living around them; and all these matters [rhema] were being talked about in all the hill country of Judea. (ESV), ICB: But I ask: Didn't people hear the Good News? Or, as Paul told the Athenian philosophers (Acts 17:30-31), “God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead.”, So if you have not repented of your sins, believed in Jesus Christ as your Savior, and submitted to Him as your Lord, you are in disobedience to the God who is the Judge of the living and the dead. It is an act of the will. It literally is, "saying," "speech, " as in Jn 3:34; 14:10; Acts 11:14. 10:12; 51:15; Lam. This verse seems out of context here, but it is probably a brief summary of verses 14-16 before Paul moves on to focus on the Jews’ unbelief… Many years ago in a Moscow theater, matinee idol Alexander Rostovzev was converted while playing the role of Jesus in a sacrilegious play entitled Christ in a Tuxedo. I have to answer that they have heard, for 'Their sound has gone out to all the earth, and their word to the ends of the world'. Biblical faith is not synonymous with mental assent or acquiescence which by itself is not genuine (saving) faith. The same Spirit births faith in the gospel message in the hearts of the elect. Paul is also moving to equate the lack of a response to the gospel with “disobedience.” The gospel has been proclaimed and “heard” (Greek: akouo; 10:14, 18). Commentary on Romans 10:12-17 (Read Romans 10:12-17) There is not one God to the Jews, more kind, and another to the Gentiles, who is less kind; the Lord is a Father to all men. But they have not all obeyed the gospel. (Why Christians Sin, Discovery House, 1992), Romans 10:18 But I say (1SAAI), surely they have never * heard (3PAAI) , have they? Is he teaching salvation by works? ", NLT: But not everyone welcomes the Good News, for Isaiah the prophet said, "Lord, who has believed our message?" Always pause and ponder this strategic term of explanation. 6 All of us like sheep have gone astray, Each of us has turned to his own way; But the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all To fall on Him. (See related topic - Obedience of faith). Perhaps I should ask other people rather than you. C. H. Spurgeon put it (Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit [Pilgrim Publications], 4:337): “That God predestines, and that man is responsible, are two things that few can see. Faith must rest in confidence upon the One who makes the promises…, If our faith is to have a firm foundation we must be convinced beyond any possible doubt that God is altogether worthy of our trust… (Ibid). But I say - As Denney says with this phrase Paul "introduces a plea on their (Israel's) behalf". Romans 10:18 (note) But I say, surely they have never heard, have they? But in 2Co 5:18,19,20, we see that while, "God was, indeed, in Christ reconciling the world unto Himself" (2Co 5:19a) He has "committed to us (Greek = literally placed in us) the word of reconciliation (katallage - word study)." People's Commentary (NT) Robertson's Word Pictures (NT) Scofield: Definitions: Interlinear: Library: Topical Studies: X-References: Romans 10:15 : Romans 10:17 >> Interlinear Bible for Romans 10:16: But alla (#235) they have not hotou (#3756) all pas (#3956) obeyed hupakouo (#5219) the xurao (#3588) gospel. AND TO WHOM HAS THE ARM OF THE LORD BEEN REVEALED? Paul practiced what he wrote so to speak for he preeminently preached the Word of Christ…, For indeed Jews ask for signs, and Greeks search for wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block, and to Gentiles foolishness, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. (NASB: Lockman). And Christ’s part - He speaks, quickening the Word. It means to hearken (give respectful attention) or to listen attentively in order to answer or respond. You cannot blame God for not choosing you. Revelation 3:10 (note) 'Because you have kept the word of My perseverance, I also will keep you from the hour of testing, that hour which is about to come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell upon the earth. In either case the gospel is in view. If our faith is to have a firm foundation we must be convinced beyond any possible doubt that God is altogether worthy of our trust… A promise is only as good as the one who made it, but it is as good, and from this knowledge springs our assurance. To escape the error of salvation by works we have fallen into the opposite error of salvation without obedience. Since Paul goes on to cite Isaiah 53:1, “Lord, who has believed our report?” why doesn’t he say, “However, they did not all believe the good news”? (Theological Dictionary of the New Testament) This is a convicting definition - here a pagan messenger radiantly announces good news of an earthly victory. (Hebrews 4:12,13-note). It is enough that God said it, and if the statement should contradict every one of the five senses and all the conclusions of logic as well, still the believer continues to believe. But I say. So what makes the difference? Yes indeed: "Their sound has gone out to all the earth, And their words to the ends of the world. Off Site - Table Comparing/contrasting Israel & Church, Off Site - Does the Church Fulfill Israel's Program? It is the foundation of all true work; even in the lowest sense of the word we might almost say that. 1Pe 4:17-note) is to reject it; and to obey it is to believe (cf. So then faith cometh of hearing, and hearing by the Word of God, Yea, verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. I agree, but I would go a bit further and suggest that Paul may have used this verse on natural revelation to say that if people ignore God’s general revelation of His glory through His creation, then they will be prone to ignore His special revelation through the preaching of the gospel. of GOD: not to destruction, but to salvation, "turning right side … Will God judge the person who lived 500 years ago in Afghanistan, who lived and died without hearing about Jesus?” The way to respond is to ask, “If I can resolve that difficulty, are you saying that you would repent of your sins and believe in Jesus as Savior and Lord?” Almost certainly the person will answer, “Well, there are a lot of other questions, too!” In other words, this is just a smokescreen so that he can dodge the issue of his own sin before the holy God. The sense is that one understands and responds accordingly. Israel heard, but she refused to heed. Visit then this soul of mine; For Isaiah says - In this passage Paul quotes from the great chapter on "The Suffering Servant"…, Who has believed our message? All this showed the necessity of preaching the Gospel to the Gentiles, on which Paul had been insisting, according to which there is no such thing as saving faith among heathens who have not heard of Christ. The objection and answer may stand thus: "You tell … Romans 10:17 goes back to and connects logically with Romans 10:15, while Romans 10:16 anticipates Romans 10:19; Romans 10:21. (SN = Spurgeon's notes on each verse of this Psalm), 2 Day to day pours forth speech, And night to night reveals knowledge. Now, they may have no more light than that. They didn’t like all this talk about them being sinners who needed a Savior to die in their place. and why the Messiah would be rejected. He’s explaining why some people are lost and some are saved: Because of disobedient, hard hearts, many do not believe the gospel and are lost; because of God’s sovereign grace, others believe the gospel and are saved. But they have not all obeyed — This seems an objection of the Jews to what St. Paul had said, which he answers in this and the following verse. In them He has placed a tent for the sun (Psalms 19:4), Spurgeon commenting on Psalm 19:4 writes…. Laleo is another word translated speak but it refers only to uttering a sound whereas rheo refers to uttering a definite intelligible word. Faith is at the foundation of all Christian living, and because faith has to do with the character of God, it is safe from all vacillations of mood. Verse 16 and on is sometimes thought to speak about Israel, but the context is the nations. Into all the earth their sound went out, and into the extremities of the inhabited earth, their words. (Click here for W E Vine's similar definition of faith), Nothing in my hand I bring, Sometimes it is the intention of the quotation to prove that something was predicted, or properly foretold in the prophetic writings, as Romans 9:25,26,33; ; 10:16,19-21;; 11:26,27;; 15:9-13. Commentary on Romans 16:17-20 (Read Romans 16:17-20) How earnest, how endearing are these exhortations! To believe savingly in Jesus Christ is to believe all He has said about Himself and all that the prophets and apostles have said about Him. See Romans 5:6, Romans 5:8; 2 Corinthians 5:18, 2 Corinthians 5:19; Ephesians 1:6; 1 John 4:19. Not very many. (We saw this in Romans 1:18-23.). (Phillips: Touchstone). The strongly adversative ‘but’ introduces the answer to a possible objection, in excuse of the unbelief spoken of in Romans 10:16. Romans 10:16-18 New King James Version (NKJV). This is the work of God, that ye believe on Him whom He hath sent,' and out of that will come all the rest. And this took place in the reign of Claudius. Note also that "faith comes." 22:16; Est. Here it is… Isaiah 53:2-12. Acquit me of hidden faults (exposed by the light of God's Word). COMMENTARY ON ROMANS 10:16-11:10. But if it is to be saving faith, he says, it must be a word about Christ. As faith relates to Christ it represents a strong and welcome conviction or belief that Jesus is the Messiah, through Whom we obtain eternal salvation and entrance into the Kingdom of Heaven. God has sent the messengers, the messengers have proclaimed the message, the Jews have heard the message, but they have not believed or called on the name of the Lord to be saved. Faith alone saves but the faith that saves is inextricably linked with obedience. ", NLT: But what about the Jews? I’m going to state what the Bible plainly teaches, although I cannot explain how both statements are true: If someone is saved, it is totally due to God choosing him before the foundation of the world, effectually calling him to Christ, and saving him by His grace alone (Ro 8:30; Ro 9:11-23). « Romans 10:16. If you hear, with a willing heart, the good news, that Christ died for you; that He was buried; that He was raised from the dead: by truly "hearing" faith will "come" to you. It comes to us as a command from God Himself. People's Bible Notes for Romans 10:16. Steven Cole - Perhaps you’ve seen the TV commercial where some people from the Publisher’s Clearinghouse Sweepstakes knock on someone’s door to tell him that he has just won $5 million. Pierce the gloom of sin and grief; Morris - Hearing is a reflection of first-century life. 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