So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.Romans 10:17(KJV)
The good tidings of great joy that ignite faith in the man or woman who is dead in their sins and at enmity with their Creator, is peace with God and reconciliation with our Heavenly Father. Our reconciliation comes through the blood of Jesus Christ which cleanses us from all sin, but faith comes by hearing, and hearing through the message of Christ, the incarnate Word of God.
Throughout the centuries, this call to peace with God had been proclaimed by prophets of God to the nation of Israel, but their heart was waxed gross, their ears were dull of hearing, and their eyes were blinded to the truth of the glorious gospel of peace - peace with God through the shed blood of their prophesied Messiah.
The message of peace with God through our Saviour, Jesus Christ, is the gospel of grace that continues to be proclaimed today to the fallen race of man, but faith in Him comes by hearing this message of reconciliation. But how shall they hear the true message without a messenger called by God, for there are many false prophets and teachers that seek to distort the Word of God and corrupt the gospel of Christ. Faith comes by hearing the truth of the gospel of Christ Who is Himself the only way, the only truth, and eternal life.
How beautiful are the feet of those who are shod with this gospel of peace and who bring the good tidings of great joy to a lost and dying world who need to hear of salvation by grace through faith in Christ. Faith comes by hearing, and hearing through the truth of the gospel of Christ, the quickening Word of God.
This glorious gospel is simply profound and profoundly simple: Christ died for You, He was buried, and He rose again to bring peace with God to a lost and dying world.
May our feet be shod with the good news of peace with God, knowing that all who hear this proclamation and respond in faith to its call will be forgiven of their sins, made one with Christ, be clothed in His righteousness, and receive everlasting life by faith which comes by hearing, and hearing through the truth that comes through Christ - the living Word of God.
Heavenly Father, thank You for the gift of hearing. Thank You for the people who told me about Jesus, for all who proclaimed the message of Christ in my hearing. Thank You for those that taught me that I was a sinner in need of salvation, which only comes through the sacrificial death of Christ on my behalf. May my feet be shod with the beautiful message of peace with God, by grace through faith in Christ Jesus our Lord, in Whose name I pray, AMEN.
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