The paragraph previous to Romans 10:17 deals with the failure of the Jewish people to realize that Gods great agenda included extending salvation to all peopleeven idol worshippers who had the wrong concept of deity and no idea about godly morals. God simply wants everyone to have access to Him. God through Christ granted that access to all, in spite of where they were. It is not about ones education, or ones society, or ones material success, or ones ability to read, or one being primitive or advanced. It is about understanding the message of what God did in Jesus Christ.
This article is not about seeking to deny the message of Romans 10:17. It suggests faith begins earlier. The message begins with Gods concern forming the basis for Gods act.
To act to benefit a perceived god was not unusual in any religion. For God to initiate an act of compassion to benefit people was incredibly different. For God to act on our behalf when we had done nothing to obligate Him was absolutely amazing (Romans 5:6-8)! The message from an involved God was uniquebut true!
Faith begins with understanding that God gave His most precious relationship to make our salvation possible (John 3:16-21). Do you understand that God made a major sacrifice to make salvation possible for us? He hurt first that we might rejoice in Christ!
Do you understand that God is even involved in our coming to Him? We are enabled to repent through Gods support (2 Timothy 2:24-26)!
Do you understand that entrance into Jesus Christ begins a continuing forgiveness for those who refuse to reject Jesus Christ (1 John 1:1-10)? God is even involved (if we permit) in our remaining in Jesus Christ. We are not on our own !
God is involved in our salvation from A to Zaccepting Gods concern begins our faith!
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