Have you heard the message about Jesus Christ? This may help you to receive the message He has for you. This was predicted in the Old Testament.
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13. “Turning to the prophet Joel, Paul reminded his readers that salvation is for everyone who calls on the name of the Lord (Joel 2:32). Nowhere in Scripture is the universal scope of salvation presented with greater clarity.” (Mounce, Robert H, The New American Commentary, Volume 27, Romans. [Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1995], 211)
14. “If everyone wo calls upon the Lord will be saved (see v 13), it is important that everyone have the opportunity to hear. Apart from hearing the message no one can believe.” (Mounce, 211)
15. “It is necessary that a messenger be sent. Someone must be preaching the good news.” (Mounce, 211)
This reflects “primarily the activity of preaching.” (Mounce, 211)
Beautiful…feet of those who preach the gospel [NKJV]. “Quoted from Isaiah 52:7. It is the message of Good News which those feet carry that is so welcome.” (MacArthur, John, The MacArthur Bible Commentary. [Nashville, Thomas Nelson Inc., 2005], 1540)
16. Obeyed the gospel [NKJV]. “The Good News is not only a gracious offer but a command to believe and repent (1:4-6; 2:8; 6:16; Acts 6:7; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-8; Hebrews 5:9).” (MacArthur, 1540)
Believed our report [NKJV]. “Quoted from Isaiah 53:1. The report Isaiah described was of the substitutionary death of Christ (53:5)—The Good News of the gospel.” (MacArthur, 1540)
17. Faith “comes by preaching the Word of God. Until you hear the Word of God, you cannot be saved.” (McGee, J. Vernon, Thru the Bible: Volume IV. [Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1983], 720)
“They cannot be saved unless they call on the Lord Jesus Christ. But they cannot call unless they believe. Faith comes by hearing, so they must hear the message. How will they hear the message. A messenger must go to them with the message.” (Wiersbe, Warren W, The Bible Exposition Commentary New Testament Volume 1 Matthew-Galatians. [Colorado Springs: David C Cook, 2004], 548)
18. “Paul cited this quotation from the LXX (the Greek translation of the Hebrew OT) version of Psalm 19:4 to show that even David understood that God’s revelation of Himself has reached the entire earth (cf. 1:18-20; Jeremiah 29:13; Matthew 24:14; John 1:9; Colossians 1:5-6).” (MacArthur, 1540)
The Gospel of Jesus is going out on Radio, TV and the internet, including this website. Praise the Lord. Thank you, Jesus.
“Someone might have argued with Paul: ‘But how do you know that Israel really heard?’ His reply would have been Psalm 19:4, a psalm that emphasized the revelation of God in the world. God reveals Himself in creation (Psalm 19:1-6) and in His Word (Psalm 19:7-11).” (Wiersbe, 548)
19-21. “Israel was ignorant of the salvation truth contained in her own Scriptures, including that the gospel would reach the Gentiles, as promised in Deuteronomy 32:21; Isaiah 65:1-2.” (MacArthur, 1540)
19. Those who are not a nation [NKJV]. “The Gentiles, who are a part of Israel, God’s special, chosen nation.” (MacArthur, 1540)
20. “Even Isaiah predicted gentile salvation. The Gentiles in darkness were finding Christ. What excuse could Israel who had the Old Testament Scripture offer? They are entirely without excuse.” (McGee, 720)
21. “When Moses held up his hands in prayer to God for Israel’s victory in battle, Aaron and Hur had to prop up his hands because he got so tired holding them up. (see Exodus 17:9-12). But God says, ‘I have been holding out my hands to a disobedient people’ (see Isaiah 65:2).” (McGee, 720)
Disobedient. [NKJV]. “As throughout her history, Israel once again had contradicted the Word of God—this time it was the truth of the gospel (cf. Matthew 21:33-41; Luke 14:21-24). (MacArthur, 1540)
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McGee, J. Vernon, Thru the Bible: Volume IV. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1983
MacArthur, John, The MacArthur Bible Commentary. Nashville, Thomas Nelson Inc., 2005
Mounce, Robert H, The New American Commentary, Volume 27, Romans. Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1995
Wiersbe, Warren W, The Bible Exposition Commentary New Testament Volume 1 Matthew-Galatians. Colorado Springs: David C Cook, 2004