Sermon on Romans 10:11-18
These verses are NOT speaking about our moral ability when it says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” Our ability was dealt with in chapter 9 of Romans. These verses ARE speaking of preaching the gospel to “everyone” without distinction or as the King James Version puts it “whosoever” without distinction. We must realize the gospel IS the power of God unto salvation. This is God’s power and God’s ability.
Why is this so important, see what Martin Luther had to say in his book Bondage of the Will- “But if I know not the distinction between our working and the power of God, I know not God Himself. And if I know not God, I cannot worship Him, praise Him, give Him thanks, nor serve Him; for I shall not know how much I ought to ascribe unto myself, and how much unto God. It is necessary, therefore, to hold the most certain distinction, between the power of God and our power, the working of God and our working, if we would live in His fear.”
Luther: “For if you doubt, or disdain to know that God foreknows and wills all things, not contingently, but necessarily and immutably, how can you believe confidently, trust to, and depend upon His promises? For when He promises, it is necessary that you should be certain that He knows, is able, and willing to perform what He promises; otherwise, you will neither hold Him true nor faithful; which is unbelief, the greatest of wickedness, and a denying of the Most High God!”
Sermon preached at One Way Christian Center in Olustee, OK on Aug 10th 2014 by Pastor Bryan Walker
Romans 10:11-18 ESV For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” (12) For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. (13) For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (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? 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.”
- Romans 10:11 - 18