Rev. Philip Hoppe, pastor at Peace Lutheran Church in Finlayson, MN and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Bruno, MN, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Romans 10:14-21.
The Lord promises to save all those who call on His name, and He provides for the creation of that saving faith. St. Paul lays out a step-by-step sequence of events. God sends the preacher. The preacher proclaims the Word. The Word is heard and creates faith. The one who believes calls upon the name of the Lord. In each and every step, the Lord is at work to create saving faith through His Word. Although some have not believed throughout history, this does not negate the power of the Word of God to create saving faith in Jesus Christ. For this reason, Israel is without excuse. As surely as God makes His divine power known in creation, so surely have those physically descended from Abraham heard His Word. Lack of understanding is not an excuse either. Quoting from Moses and Isaiah, St. Paul shows that Israel’s unbelief was not a matter of ignorance, but of disobedience. Only the continued proclamation of the Gospel of Christ Jesus has the power to break through this unbelief.
“The Righteousness of God for You” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through St. Paul’s Epistle to the Romans. Human righteousness cannot save, because all have sinned and fall short of God’s glory. Only the righteousness of God can bring life and forgiveness to sinners. This is the righteousness that He has fulfilled in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This is the righteousness that is revealed in the Gospel, the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes. This is the righteousness that is not earned, but is freely given by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.
Sharper Iron, hosted by Rev. Timothy Appel, looks at the text of Holy Scripture both in its broad context and its narrow detail, all for the sake of proclaiming Christ crucified and risen for sinners. Two pastors engage with God’s Word to sharpen not only their own faith and knowledge, but the faith and knowledge of all who listen.
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14 How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard?[a] And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” 16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?” 17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
18 But I ask, have they not heard? Indeed they have, for
“Their voice has gone out to all the earth,
and their words to the ends of the world.”
19 But I ask, did Israel not understand? First Moses says,
“I will make you jealous of those who are not a nation;
with a foolish nation I will make you angry.”
20 Then Isaiah is so bold as to say,
“I have been found by those who did not seek me;
I have shown myself to those who did not ask for me.”
21 But of Israel he says, “All day long I have held out my hands to a disobedient and contrary people.”
- Romans 10:14 Or him whom they have never heard
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