So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17
Life is full of mystery. How the brain becomes the mind is a mystery. Love is often a mystery. How human genes carry out their signaling to the body is a mystery. And in the spiritual realm, how does faith rise up in the human heart?
The apostle Paul says clearly: “So then faith comes by hearing…the word of God.” Most modern interpreters suggest that “the word of God” refers to “the message of/concerning Christ.” When Christ’s Gospel and His teachings are embraced by the human heart, faith is the result. But Paul also says we are saved by grace through faith which is “the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8-9). So faith is a gift from God and it is also the result of embracing the message about Christ and His salvation. But how does the gift of God mix with the human response? The experience of salvation is not a science experiment that can be understood in a laboratory. It is a wonderful mystery that can be experienced though not totally understood.
Have you embraced the Gospel of Christ? And thanked God for His gift of faith? Don’t let the day pass without doing both.
The Word generates faith and regenerates us. Joseph Alleine
Sermon on Romans 10:17: “Ears: Listening to the Word of Christ” | Faith Comes by Hearing