Many churches throughout the world use a Bible reading schedule called a "lectionary." It's just a fancy word meaning "selected readings." Posts like this reflect on the readings for an upcoming Sunday or other Church holiday, as found in the historic one-year lectionary.
There is no distinction. All who call on the Lord Jesus will be saved. It doesn't matter if you are Jew or Greek, male or female, slave or free. It doesn't matter if you are healthy, wealthy, beautiful, or intelligent. It doesn't even matter if none of the last four descriptors fits you. The Gospel is summed up in Romans 10 as the good news that Jesus saves those who call on him. It's as simple as that!
If this good news is the good news the whole world is waiting for, there's one more important element, which is brought up in Romans 10. It's a little bit of a chain of events.
Calling on Jesus does no good if we don't believe Jesus. If we call on him so as to curse or grumble, we are not calling on him as the savior.
Nobody is going to believe Jesus without knowing about him.
Nobody is going to know about Jesus without someone preaching. The Bible doesn't expect that reading a message about Jesus will be the normal way of coming to faith. It has no expectation that handing a person a copy of the Bible will convert that person. Rather, we speak about who Jesus is, how he is God incarnate, and what he has done, how he took our sins upon himself so as to suffer and die and thus satisfy the wrath of God against sin. The message goes out verbally, normally through speaking, though that speaking may well be informed and illustrated with a print resource, like a copy of the Bible. But the work of proclaiming the truth orally is very important.
The final step of Paul's argument here is that the person who is going to preach needs to be sent. The pattern of the New Testament is that teachers and preachers would be sent out by the elders of a church congregation or by other teachers and preachers, especially by the apostles.
The Christian evangelist has the best news in the world. This message is delivered by someone who is sent with the Gospel, by people who can assure the message is accurate, and who can arrange some form of spiritual care for all who believe. In this way we can work toward the goal of bringing the Gospel to the whole world.
Everyone who believes. It's a promise of God. Maybe some of my readers will be among those evangelists sent out with the Gospel to bring people to faith in Christ.
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