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Jesus is talking to us. Jesus is the Messiah and God has put him in charge. We must have faith. That is God’s goal for us.

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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, “Yahweh, who has believed what he has heard from us?” 17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of the Messiah [Christ]. [1]

Romans 10:14-17

Here is a literal translation of verse 17:

Faith originates out of hearing [our report], then. And the hearing [comes] through the word about the Messiah.

Paul plays on a Greek word that means both a report that’s heard and the hearing of a report, and on this word plus two others that also have the same root and mean (respectively) “to hear” and “to obey.”[2]

Hebrews 11:1 tells us that faith is “being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” Perhaps no other component of the Christian life is more important than faith. We cannot purchase it, sell it or give it to our friends.


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So, what is faith and what role does faith play in the Christian life? The dictionary defines faith as “belief in, devotion to, or trust in somebody or something, especially without logical proof.” It also defines faith as “belief in and devotion to God.” The Bible has much more to say about faith and how important it is. In fact, it is so important that, without faith, we have no place with God, and it is impossible to please Him. According to the Bible, faith is belief in the one, true God without seeing Him.

God as the object of faith: Our faith starts with belief in God.

  • Hebrews 11:6  — And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.
  • Psalm 25:1–2  — To You, O Master, I lift up my soul. O my God, in You I trust, Do not let me be ashamed; Do not let my enemies exult over me.
  • Psalm 26:1  — Vindicate me, O Master, for I have walked in my integrity, And I have trusted in the Master without wavering.
  • Proverbs 29:25  — The fear of man brings a snare, But he who trusts in the Master will be exalted.
  • 1 Peter 1:21  — who through Him are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.
  • Romans 10:16-18 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?” So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of the Messiah. But I ask, have they not heard? Indeed they have.

[1] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Ro 10:14–17). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[2] Gundry, R. H. (2010). Commentary on the New Testament: Verse-by-Verse Explanations with a Literal Translation (p. 608). Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers.

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