Otherwise intelligent people latch onto it because it gives them a supposed escape from the uncomfortable truth that hits you between the eyes in the first verse of the Bible (Gen. 1:1), “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” If that verse is true—and the Bible doesn’t put it out there as a theory to be debated or discussed—then God is God and you are not God! From Romans 9 alone we might think that salvation is God’s doing alone, but from Romans 10 we might think that salvation is man’s doing alone – together we see the matter from each perspective. The same Spirit births faith in the gospel message in the hearts of the elect. The year is 1795, and deep in the jungles of Burma hundreds of native tribesmen rush out to a clearing to greet a white-skinned stranger. Paul speaks the gospel and the Lord opens hearts to respond. If you receive that good news, you will praise God who opened your heart to the truth. Paul jumps back and forth in these verses between unbelief (10:16), belief (10:17), unbelief (10:18, 19), belief (Ro 10:20), and unbelief (Ro 10:21). It is exactly what James said and it is exactly what a better than James said. The Apostles communicated their testimony by the living voice, and by their writings. 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. The "spoken words" (rhema) penetrated into (eis) the ends (peras from pera = beyond - the farthest end of a space, the limit or boundary) of the inhabited world. The power is in the Word of Christ, the Word of God, the Word of grace (Acts 20:32), the Word of the Cross (1Cor 1:17, 18). 9 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the LORD are true; they are righteous altogether. 7:21-23). The whole idea is that we do not make up our message, which is the opposite of what you say. In God's works we see His hand, but in His Word His face. Guy King - In ringing tones he declares, "I am not ashamed of the gospel of CHRIST", Romans 1:16; and he unfolds the reasons why he was not ashamed, in the use of those four "for's" in Romans 1:16-18: (1) "For" the People it serves: Roman, Jew, Greek, so universal in its range. In either case the gospel is in view. 1:24). Faith will save the worst of us. Jesus Christ is our all in all. For we will all stand before God's judgment seat." Faith alone justifies, but the faith that justifies is never alone. of GOD: not to destruction, but to salvation, "turning right side … (The United Bible Societies' New Testament Handbook Series ), Guzik - If salvation is so simple, available to all who trust in the person and work of Jesus, then why does Israel seem to be cast off from God? (1Cor 1:22, 23, 24), For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. — A W Tozer. But But by now the gospel had been carried to most parts of the Mediterranean area where Jews were to be found; and that is all the argument requires.". (Romans 10 Commentary Online). I commend to you Phoebe our sister, who is a servant of the church in Cenchrea, that you may receive her in the Lord in a manner worthy of the saints, and assist her in whatever business she has need of you; for indeed she has been a helper of many and of myself also. 4 Surely our griefs He Himself bore, And our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted. Why does he say, “They did not all heed [obey] the good news”? Paul’s point is that people can’t believe something that they have never heard (Ro 10:14). (Acts 28:24), James Denney however notes that "The fact remains, however, in spite of this universal preaching, that there has not been a universal surrender to the gospel. As proof of this he again quotes from the Jews’ own Scripture as recorded in Isaiah 53:1 Lord, who hath believed our report? Faith and obedience are closely related, C H Spurgeon writing that…. Faith rests upon character. Here it is, the message preached by us, but heard by those who listened to it. The heathen is not saved by looking at a tree and conceptualizing a god-form represented in that tree. It describes who Paul is and how he gets his authority. Just as God’s natural revelation proclaims His glory to all the earth, so now the gospel has been proclaimed over all the earth, especially with reference to the Jews (Douglas Moo, The Epistle to the Romans [Eerdmans], pp. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made (Creation testifying to the assurance that their is a Creator), so that (conclusion) they are without excuse. 18 But I say, have they not heard? (Isaiah 53:1), What is the "report" Isaiah is referring to? I agree with Constable who writes that "The word of Christ could mean the word from Him, namely the message that He has sent us to proclaim (Ro 10:15). ", Acts 19:27 "And not only is there danger that this trade of ours fall into disrepute, but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis be regarded as worthless and that she whom all of Asia and the world worship should even be dethroned from her magnificence.". Wesley's Notes for Romans 10:16. all did not obey the message of salvation. 10:3 "God's righteousness" In the context of Romans 9-11 this phrase referred to God's imputed right standing (Romans 4) with Himself based solely on Also see on Acts 5:29. Morris - Hearing is a reflection of first-century life. Os Guinness rightly comments that such blatant, bold-faced…, Unbelief in the biblical view is not passive, an innocent but inaccurate view of the world that has unfortunately 'got it wrong' at a few points. That message must come from the Word of God (or "Word of Christ"). Romans 10:16. Romans 10:18 (note) But I say, surely they have never heard, have they? The message that they must hear is the word of Christ, which is the gospel. John Piper Jun 1, 2003 69 Shares Sermon. The Greek word means literally, our hearing. He must hear the message of God's Word and respond to it in a positive way. — Thomas Chalmers, Obedience to the faith is very important to God. By extension, it applies also to unbelieving Gentiles, but Paul’s focus here is on the question of why most of the Jews were rejecting Christ. But Christ accompanies this preached word by His Almighty "voice" as we know from Jn 5:25: The hour cometh, that the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God, and they that hear shall live. Romans 10. If they respond to natural revelation, God will somehow get them the special revelation of the Gospel. One could paraphrase it "and hearing by the spoken word of Christ". (NASB: Lockman) Greek: ara … Part 2. 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. The sense is that one understands and responds accordingly. Scofield wrote that "The essence of faith consists in believing and receiving what God has revealed, and may be defined as that trust in the God of the Scriptures and in Jesus Christ whom He has sent, which receives Him as Lord and Savior and impels to loving obedience and good works (John 1:12; James 2:14-26-note). 3:13; Ps. Faith does not rest upon promises. Here are some representative uses (note the preponderance of uses in the Psalms)…. (Click here for W E Vine's similar definition of faith), Nothing in my hand I bring, 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)." Sun of righteousness, arise, 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. Amplified: But I ask, Have they not heard? It would be because he was a root out of a dry ground; because he was a man of sorrows. As pistis relates to God, it is the conviction that God exists and is the Creator and Ruler of all things well as the Provider and Bestower of eternal salvation through Christ. My friend, saving faith makes you obedient to Jesus Christ.— J Vernon McGee, Obedience is the hallmark of faith, and the proof of grace; but Judas and others worked miracles, and were lost.— C. H. Spurgeon, He does not believe that does not live according to his belief. 8 By oppression and judgment He was taken away; And as for His generation, who considered That He was cut off out of the land of the living, For the transgression of my people to whom the stroke was due? The gospel has been so widely proclaimed in English through so many different media for such a long time that any English speakers who have not heard must be deliberately avoiding it. (Romans 10 Expository Notes). See Romans 5:6, Romans 5:8; 2 Corinthians 5:18, 2 Corinthians 5:19; Ephesians 1:6; 1 John 4:19. 53:1], ‘Lord, who has believed our report?’”. In other words, if you believe in Christ, it is only because God had mercy on you. ), For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?—that is,"Where shall one find a believer?" (SN) (Pictures the universality of the non-verbal testimony of God the Creator - can you see why the assault on creation by evolutionists is a frontal assault on God Himself and how evolution is ultimately a spiritual issue intended by the Adversary to blunt the clear witness of Jehovah God! (SN), 13 Also keep back Thy servant from presumptuous sins; Let them not rule over me; Then I shall be blameless, and I shall be acquitted of great transgression. Let the seeker deal with his sin radically, and he is not likely thereafter to experience much difficulty in believing. If truth be forsaken, unity and peace will not last long. Instead of following the script, he kept reading from Matthew 5, ignoring the coughs, calls, and foot-stamping of his fellow actors. By their line is probably meant the measure of their domain which, together with their testimony, has gone out to the utmost end of the habitable earth. Report (189) (akoe from verb akoúo = to hear) is literally the ability to hear and then can refer to the act of hearing (i.e., listening) and finally to what is heard (a report or news as in Jn 12:38 = "who has believed our report" and here in Ro 10:16). Saving faith—biblical faith—is on the highest level, for it is the life of trust and obedience that our Lord requires of us.— A W Tozer, The difficulty we modern Christians face is not misunderstanding the Bible, but persuading our untamed hearts to accept its plain instructions. Paul's point in this verse is to emphasize that Israel had ample opportunity from natural and special revelation to respond to the truth about God and was responsible to respond to these clear witnesses God had provided to the people of Israel. 1985. It originally means the doctrine which Isaiah delivered about the Messiah; and implies that the same thing would occur when the Messiah should actually come. (Of God and Men). He questioned the foreman concerning the matter. How can one obtain saving faith? No. Jameison writes that "This is another confirmation of the truth that faith supposes the hearing of the Word, and this a commission to preach it." Here is a snippet from the back cover of this fascinating book that should stimulate you to want to read the incredible supernatural saga of how unreached people group after unreached people group were stirred by God's Creation, or Natural Revelation to know the Creator, the true and living God…. Christ must, indeed, utter His creating word from Heaven to the dead soul, saying, Live! His obedience to the Word was evidence of his faith in the Word. He was supposed to read two verses from the Sermon on the Mount, remove his gown, and cry out, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (He 4:2-note), Peter (who like Paul also appeals to the OT) put it this way…, This precious value, then, is for you who believe. — 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. Romans 10:16, ESV: "But they have not all obeyed the gospel.For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has … Acts 24:5 "For we have found this man a real pest and a fellow who stirs up dissension among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes. Indeed they have; ‘Their voice has gone out into all the earth, and their words to the ends of the world.’” Paul cites Psalm 19:4 to show that the Jews have heard the good news. Most certainly. Comes from hearing - Literally out of a report. I had up to this time closed my Bible and prayed for faith. The prophet speaks as if next to none would believe: The apostle softens this into "They have not all believed.". Good News (2098) (euaggelion from eú = good + aggéllo = proclaim, tell) means good news, glad tidings, Saxon = gōd-spell = lit. They reject God's so-great salvation (Ro 10:9-note). 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. Unbelief will destroy the best of us. But faith did not seem to come. (ICB: Nelson), NIV: Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ. Helpless, look to thee for grace; Wash me, Saviour, or I die. But for those who disbelieve, "THE STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS REJECTED (Ps 118:22), THIS BECAME THE VERY CORNER stone, a STONE OF STUMBLING AND A ROCK OF OFFENSE” (Isa 8:14, cp Ro 9:32, 33-note) for they stumble because they are disobedient (cp Acts 19:9) (apeitheo in the present tense = as their habitual response) to the word, and to this doom they were also appointed. Young's Literal: so then the faith is by a report, and the report through a saying of God. And as this passage clearly teaches, hearing requires the word of Christ (or God in KJV), the message of the Bible. God gives faith to the obedient heart only. (Luke 18:34). There are many in our day who see no clear and vital relationship between faith and obedience (or "heeding" as in Ro 10:16). Hearing alone does not bring salvation, but faith, trust or belief in the message heard does bring salvation. Maranatha! Skipping Ro 110:17 for a moment, where Paul twice mentions “hearing,” he goes on to respond to a hypothetical objection (that stems from Ro 10:14,17) that perhaps Israel has not heard. He builds his case from the Old Testament, citing Scripture in Ro 10:16, 18, 19, 20, 21. Romans 2:10-16 King James Version (KJV). Is not My word like fire?" Faith is not optimism, though it may breed optimism; it is not cheerfulness, though the man of faith is likely to be a reasonably cheerful; it is not a vague sense of well-being or a tender appreciation for the beauty of human togetherness. Rhema refers to any sound produced by the voice which has a definite meaning. The promise is the same to all, who call on the name of the Lord Jesus as the Son of God, as God manifest in the flesh. Fill me, Radiance Divine, Laleo is another word translated speak but it refers only to uttering a sound whereas rheo refers to uttering a definite intelligible word. 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. (SN). 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. 12-13: New Testament Commentary : Exposition of Paul's Epistle to the Romans. Wuest: But I say, did they not hear? In Romans 10, Paul is still dealing with the subject that caused him great sorrow and unceasing grief (Ro 9:2), namely, why are most of the Jews rejecting Jesus as their Savior? (Mt 7:24-note) — The Lord Jesus Christ, On the contrary. Obedience on the part of children consists in listening to the advice given by parents. As the gospel is preached in the power of the Holy Spirit, the Spirit engenders faith in the gospel message in the hearts of those elected to salvation. Unbelief says, 'I won't belief.’ Doubt is honest. An inadequate conception of God must result in a weak faith, for faith depends upon the character of God just as a building rests upon its foundation…, Job told us, "Acquaint thyself with him and be at peace"; and Paul said, "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." Romans 10:16 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Romans 10:16, NIV: "But not all the Israelites accepted the good news.For Isaiah says, 'Lord, who has believed our message?'" The first problem is: How does a verse about God’s revelation through creation demonstrate that Israel has heard the gospel, since creation doesn’t proclaim the gospel? For Isaiah says, "Lord, who has believed our report? On substantially the same grounds he is even yet rejected by thousands. And this took place in the reign of Claudius. Hence, in the fifty-third chapter he proceeds to give the reasons why the report would not be credited. So Paul is saying that the problem with the Jews’ widespread rejection of the gospel was not that they had not heard the message. Hilda Bright and Keith Simons. In other words, the question is "Have they in no way heard (because we know that they have to hear in order to believe)?" But, as we all know, not all who hear the gospel preached respond in faith. God's Word is powerful (Heb 4:12-note), effectual (1Th 2:13-note), alive (Jn 6:63,68; He 4:12-note), penetrating (He 4:1-note; Ep 6:17-note), able to make a person wise unto salvation (2Ti 3:15-note). Romans 10:16. (3PAAI) menounge, Eis pasan ten gen exelthen (3SAAI) o phthoggos auton, kai eis ta perata tes oikoumenes ta rhemata auton: Romans 10:18-21 gives three results of Israel's rejection of the "word of Christ", and each result is supported by an OT quotation. (10) Wherever faith is, there is also the word, but not the opposite, namely, wherever the word is, there may not necessarily be faith: for many refuse and reject the word. When the good news is preached, some hear it, believe it, and call upon the Lord to save them (Ro 10:14). (Romans 10 Commentary), Steven Cole - THOSE WHO BELIEVE HEARD THE GOSPEL AND RESPONDED WITH FAITH BECAUSE GOD GRACIOUSLY OPENED THEIR EARS TO HEAR (Ro 10:17). And the thing heard (the gospel message), comes through the agency of the Word of Christ. By cultivating the knowledge of God we at the same time cultivate our faith…, True faith rests upon the character of God and asks no further proof than the moral perfections of the One who cannot lie. If someone is lost, he is totally responsible for his disobedient, hard heart that rejects God’s grace (10:21; Prov. You’ve just won a fortune!” But he belligerently snarls, “I said, ‘Get off my property now!’” That’s the contrast between Romans 10:15-16. (2Co 5:20), Faith, indeed, comes of hearing. He began to tremble. Special Revelation: Like the Gentiles, they suppressed the truth in unrighteousness (Ro 1:18). The Law of Moses. 11:7-note)… (and) True faith leads to obedience (6:22; 7:5). Your sinful unbelief is totally your own fault. How will they preach unless they are sent? Unbelief is obstinate. G Campbell Morgan's words aptly apply to Israel's rejection "Unbelief is not failure in intellectual apprehension. Earnest, prayerful Cornelius is commanded (and that by an angel) to send for. THE CONTEXT As we look at verses 5-15, we must remember how they relate to the rest of the chapter. Thus the two ideas presented in the context — namely, the necessity of knowledge for faith, and the purpose of God to extend that knowledge to the Gentiles — are both confirmed in this verse. Evolution is the most preposterous myth ever foisted on the human race. — C. H. Spurgeon, What saves is faith alone, but the faith that saves is never alone. The quote from Isaiah (Ro 10:16), plus the ministries of all the prophets, of Paul, and even of the Lord Jesus Himself, show that many hear the good news but reject it. Those who refuse to trust in God do so, not because they are ignorant but because they willfully, deliberately, actively, continually (present tense) suppress (hold down, quash) the truth in unrighteousness (Ro 1:18-note). (NLT - Tyndale House), Phillips: Yet all who have heard have not responded to the Gospel. It goes everywhere on earth." Charles Hodge writes that the preceding quotation in Ro 10:16 from Isa 53:1 "speaks of a “message,” something addressed to the ear. A whole new generation of Christians has come up believing that it is possible to "accept" Christ without forsaking the world. Wuest: So then, faith is out of the source of that which is heard, and that which is heard [the message] is through the agency of the Word concerning Christ. Dr. E. Meyers Harrison, veteran missionary and professor of missions, says that there are four reasons why the church must send out missionaries: (1) the command from above—“go ye into all the world” (Mark 16:15), (2) the cry from beneath—“send him to my father’s house” (Luke 16:27), (3) the call from without—“come over and help us” (Acts 16:9), (4) the constraint from within—“the love of Christ constraineth us” (2Cor. Aug 31, 2003. It could also refer to the message concerning Christ (Ro 10:9-note). Although the heavenly bodies move in solemn silence, yet in reason's ear they utter precious teachings. They reject God’s offer of peace (Ro 10:15-note). Verse 16 and on is sometimes thought to speak about Israel, but the context is the nations. It’s staggering! If you were to die in this state of rebellion against God, you would face His eternal judgment. Israel heard, but she refused to heed. Revelation 12:9 (note) And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. (John 12:37, 38, 39, 40, 41). To be contented and unafraid when going on a journey with his father the child need not be able to imagine events; he need but know the father. First we’ll look at the verses dealing with unbelief and then we’ll look at those that describe faith in Christ. "Simon whose surname is Peter, who shall speak t-o thee words by which thou shalt be saved" (Acts 11:14). Is he teaching salvation by works? Our message; or what is delivered to be heard and believed. If people are saved, it is because of God’s sovereign grace. The word - As discussed below rhema refers not just to words that are written, but which are proclaimed and spoken such that they can be audibly heard. It literally is, "saying," "speech, " as in Jn 3:34; 14:10; Acts 11:14. The objection and answer may stand thus: "You tell … Because they would not believe, judgment came on them and they could not believe. But if it is to be saving faith, he says, it must be a word about Christ. Rather, unbelief is active, driven by a dark dynamism (Ed: Called Sin and flesh). If God wants them to be saved, then it must be God’s will to bring God’s truth to them. Shining to the perfect day. So they slammed the door on the best news in the world. 9 His grave was assigned with wicked men, Yet He was with a rich man in His death, Because He had done no violence, Nor was there any deceit in His mouth. How then … The word of Christ - The NET Bible note speaking to the meaning of the word "of" states that the "genitive could be understood as either subjective ("Christ does the speaking") or objective ("Christ is spoken about"), but the latter is more likely here." Heed (5219) (hupakouo [word study] from hupó = agency or means, under + akoúo physical hearing and apprehension of something with the mind - akouo gives us our English acoustics - the science of design which helps one hear) (Click word study on related noun hupakoe) literally means to listen under with attentiveness and to respond positively to what is heard. FOR ISAIAH SAYS LORD, WHO HAS BELIEVED OUR REPORT: Esaias gar legei (3SPAI) kurie, tis episteusen (3SAAI) te akoe hemon: For (gar) introduces an explanation. Hearing (189) (akoe from verb akoúo = to hear) is literally the ability to hear and then can refer to the act of hearing (i.e., listening) and finally to what is heard (as in the previous verse = Ro 10:16). Real faith invariably produces holiness of heart and righteousness of life. 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. Scatter all my unbelief; is perfect, restoring the soul; The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. Who has believed our report? 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… Voice (5353) (phthoggos) means a musical sound, vocal or instrumental and here Paul applies it to the human voice (quoting the Greek translation of Ps 19:4). — Augustine, It is faith alone that justifies, but the faith that justifies is not alone. Acquit me of hidden faults (exposed by the light of God's Word). (SN), 3 There is no speech, nor are there words; Their voice is not heard. The True Light to God." While there were people who could read, the ordinary first-century citizen depended rather on being able to hear something." Romans 10:18 ... Jay, 10:17 gives an inference from 10:16, which is quotation from Scripture. Our earthly lives are one shining web of golden mystery which we experience without understanding, how much more our life in the Spirit. They are believed to be inconsistent and contradictory; but they are not. Simply to thy cross I cling; (Phillips: Touchstone). Till Thy mercy's beams I see; Till Thy inward life impart, He begins to introduce this second topic before he has quite done with the first. So that word hearing (two times in Ro 10:17) is the same Greek word as the word report in Ro 10:16. Romans 10:17: “So faith comesfrom hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.” Some manuscripts read “God” instead of “Christ,” but “Christ” is the better attested reading. Faith in faith is faith astray. To those who receive the gospel, it is glad tidings. A. Hodge, True, God-exalting obedience comes from faith. Any other kind of obedience is not true obedience at all. (NIV - IBS), NKJV: But they have not all obeyed the gospel. Hebrews 2:5 (note) For He did not subject to angels the world to come, concerning which we are speaking. If you desire Christ for a perpetual guest, give him all the keys of your heart; let not one cabinet be locked up from him; give him the range of every room and the key of every chamber. (Defender's Study Bible), The KJV Bible Commentary emphasizes that "We must understand that hearing alone does not bring salvation, but faith in the message heard does. For it is one thing to say, "Lord, Lord," and quite another thing to obey the Lord's commandments. (NIV - IBS), NKJV: But I say, have they not heard? Revelation 16:14 (note) for they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them together for the war of the great day of God, the Almighty. And so a universal proclamation that has gone forth, and if it is observed ("heard"), and if it is noticed and followed, God will give more light. As Ro 10:13 says, “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.” But in verse 16 we read, “However, they did not all heed the good news; for Isaiah says [citing Isa. Anyone who has been awed by its splendor will want to read how Pachacuti, the Inca king who founded it, accomplished something far more significant than merely building fortresses, temples or monuments. ', Are you confused about God's plan for Israel? Faith (4102)(pistis [word study]) is synonymous with trust or belief and is the conviction of the truth of anything, but in Scripture usually speaks of belief respecting man's relationship to God and divine things, generally with the included idea of trust and holy fervor born of faith and joined with it. Here it is, the message preached by us, but heard by those who listened to it. Why do some hear and believe, while others hear and reject the message and sometimes attack the messenger? So faith comes from hearing the gospel preached. 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