Re: Verse reading – Romans 10:8-15; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8 (day two)
Paul, in this letter to the Romans, maps out for us the road to salvation. Consider these questions he poses starting in verse 14: How can they call on the one; how can they believe; how can they hear; how can they preach…without someone?
The beginning of this letter gives an answer to these questions.
“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities-his eternal power and divine nature-have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse” (Romans 1:20)
And in Luke’s Gospel Jesus speaks to the Pharisees about what his disciples were teaching: “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet the stones will cry out.” Luke 19:40
So, now, back to Paul’s questions, does this give us a pass on witnessing? Certainly not. God has made himself clear about that as well. Go, teach, baptize. This command, or commission as we like to call it, is our call to arms. Even with these marching orders, however, we are called beautiful for obeying.
Think about that. God made himself clearly evident through creation. He doesn’t need us, but he calls us to action to spread the good news of Jesus, and as we go, we are called beautiful. That’s Good News affirmation!