How Shall They Hear?
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!”
In these three verses, we have God’s plan for evangelism, and it very clearly includes all who name the Lord as Savior. There is a place and a responsibility for each of us to fulfil.
The words, “For whosoever,” taken from Joel 2:32, emphatically state that it is God’s will for all to be saved. There is no discrimination against anyone, no matter who they are or what they may have done. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
II Peter 3:9 says, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
Now consider the word, whosoever. This tells us that there is no sin outside of blasphemy of the Holy Spirit that is not forgivable by Jesus Christ. Now think of that and then think of the worst of the worst of all time, whether Hitler, Pol Pot, Stalin, or any other of history’s infamous villains. In their lifetimes, their sins could have been forgiven had they been confessed to the Lord. Now this doesn’t mean that one won’t have to pay for crimes committed against humanity, but it definitely means that God’s grace is greater than man’s greatest sin.
Also, this word tells us that we must see the entire world as the mission field of the church, and that we have a responsibility to do our part so that all may hear.
The Name Of The Lord
In the New Testament, the phrase “the name of the Lord” always refers to the Lord Jesus Christ, for He is the one who paid the price for man’s redemption—He and He alone. John 14:6 says: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” The very name Jesus encapsulates everything we need for spiritual and physical life.
There is a song that comes to mind concerning the name of Jesus. It goes:
There is a name I love to whisper
Anytime of day or night
And oh the peace that accompanies its mention
No tongue can tell no pen can write
Whisper Jesus, I love you Jesus
Heaven’s peace will flood your soul
Whisper Jesus, I love you Jesus
Heaven’s peace will flood your soul.
Sinner or saint, when you call upon the name of Jesus, He will always respond to an honest cry from the heart.
How Shall They Hear?
Romans 10:14 draws attention to several areas. First, Paul directs the question to Israel, who would not call upon the Lord for salvation, simply because they did not believe they needed salvation, and they did not believe in God’s salvation plan, which is faith in Christ.
And then Paul addresses this question to the gentile world who did not believe in Jehovah but believed in their own heathen gods.
Next, he addresses the fact that ignorance is not salvation and the importance of “a preacher.”
The phrase, “and how shall they hear,” brings the responsibility back to us, and the words, “without a preacher,” declare God’s method of proclaiming His message.
God has chosen the method of preaching to proclaim His message of grace and redemption. Preaching is the proclamation of truth and must be accompanied by the anointing of the Holy Spirit. Men who have something to say, something that comes from the throne of God.
Understand, I am not speaking of the preacher’s intellect or oratorical capabilities, but one who has heard from heaven, and has been given a message by the Lord and the anointing of the Holy Spirit to deliver that message. The strength of a denomination is evidenced by the strength of its preachers or the lack thereof. The great message of Pentecost has circled the globe because of the powerful preachers produced by Pentecost. Men who were touched by the Spirit of the Lord; men who did not compromise the Word of God. Preachers and preaching that constantly and continually without ceasing calls people to the centrality of the gospel in Jesus Christ. He and He alone is the Savior, the Healer, the Deliverer, the Baptizer, and the soon coming King.
The phrase, “how shall they hear” also brings to one’s mind the various methods that we now have due to technology to take the gospel to the masses. Television and the Internet have afforded us an unparalleled opportunity to take the gospel to the masses. Though the inventors of both TV and the Internet did not have the gospel in mind, I believe the Lord is the one who gave the knowledge to bring these technologies to fruition.
God has raised up JSM for one purpose—evangelism to the masses through television and the Internet. This is the purpose that God raised up my father, me, and Gabe. We wear the term “television preacher” as a badge of honor. We are not on television because we want to see ourselves on TV, but we are there because God has called and placed us on TV. Television and the Internet can reach the masses in a way that a million missionaries cannot. Thank God for missionaries and all the other means that one can imagine, but nothing can surpass TV and the Internet to reach the masses.
How Shall They Preach Except They Be Sent?
This phrase tells us that the ones who send the preacher are just as important as the preacher. Though the Lord has called us to preach the gospel through the means of TV, so too has the Lord called you to help the gospel go forth.
In all this, we see that the Lord has willed that the carrying out of the Great Commission be a team effort. I hope you understand how vital you are to the work of God. It doesn’t matter how talented we may be or how much expertise we may have in the field of TV, we must have your help. The calling of God upon your life is just as important as the calling upon our lives. Every single believer has a responsibility to do what he or she can do to help take the gospel of Jesus Christ to the world. Although only a few are called directly to preach the gospel, in fact, all believers are called in some capacity respecting world evangelism. Every single believer can pray for the salvation of souls and for the Lord to open doors for evangelism. As well, every believer can give offerings to help pay for the gospel message to go forth. I implore you to pray for us, and I implore you to help us financially. SBN is a faith walk. No one underwrites us; we must depend upon you to help us air the gospel worldwide.
The Gospel Of Peace
The phrase, “as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things” is taken from Isaiah 52:7.
In the Greek, the word beautiful is horacio, and it means “the time of full bloom or development,” as well as “blooming maturity and vigor.”
The word feet carries the idea of swift, vigorous feet, emphasizing the rapid approach of the messenger.
The “gospel of peace,” presents the fact that if the message is accepted, there will be peace between the sinner and God.
The “good things” to be received are all the graces that come to us after salvation.
In closing, never forget that the question, “How shall they hear?” can only be answered by you.
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