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Reflections on Romans 10:16-17 (Tu)

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The Net Bible rendering of today’s text.

I must admit that today’s passage has me stumped. The flow of thought isn’t tracking with me so I’m going to need some of you to provide some clarity in the comments section. 🙂

It seems to me that either verse 16 (talking about the disbelief of many) is out of sequence or verse 17 (which goes back to the idea of having faith) is. I wish the verses were in reverse order because that would provide a more natural progression of thought, moving from analyzing what belief is (the previous section), to discussing how and why so many of the Jews missed it (the upcoming section).

Bob’s explanation in his sermon is the best one I’ve heard. His explanation was that when Paul said, “not all believe,” it implies that some will. The “glass half-full” idea.

What do you think? Does that explanation satisfy you?

3 Comments

  1. If you take verse 17 as the summary statement for 10:14-16, then the order makes sense. As we partner with God as His sent messengers of the Gospel, people hear the Gospel, some will transfer their trust onto Jesus Christ and express their faith in Christ in prayer (verses 14-15). However, some won’t believe Jesus is the Messiah (verse 16). Paul then summarizes the importance of Christ-followers communicating the Gospel in verse 17: “Consequently faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the preached word of Christ.” (Romans 10:17 NET) God has sovereignly chosen to weave together His redemptive work with the proclamation of the Gospel.

  2. Diane Thompson

    March 3, 2009 at 9:34 am

    Thanks, Bob, for the comments on Rom.10:9 yest. Yours makes sense, however, Dr. Constable’s remain unclear.
    Appreciate your remarks for today, Mark, and your response, Bob. Good food for thought at work today!
    Diane T.

  3. Martha Troxel

    March 3, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    I am glad that some believe!

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