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FAITH COMETH BY HEARING, AND HEARING BY THE WORD OF GOD
 
The apostle Paul wrote the church in Rome these words: For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 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! But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by [because of the operation and working of] the word [Greek, Rhema, the working, movement, and operation of the Holy Spirit] of God (Rom 10:12-17).
 
Scriptures verify that the operation, movement, and working of the Holy Spirit is what sends men to preach, which results in our hearing the gospel, resulting in our faith and salvation. The apostle Peter instructs us,Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth [of the gospel] through the [working, movement and operation] Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word [Greek, Logos, the gospel of Christ] of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word [Greek,Rhema, the working, movement, and operation of the Holy Spirit] of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word [Greek, Rhema,the working, movement, and operation of the Holy Spirit] which by the gospel is preached unto you (1 Peter 1:22-25).
 
We should ask, do we really get faith, and therefore salvation, from the bible, or from reading the bible? In verse 17, and within the context of our subject verses, many believe that the word refers to the scriptures, or bible. As Paul teaches here, salvation is the result of calling upon the Lord, calling upon the Lord is the result of believing, believing is the result of hearing, hearing is the result of preaching, and preachers preach because they are sent by the Rhema, or the movement, operation, and working of the Holy Spirit. It is not the bible that sends preachers to preach resulting in faith, but the working of the Holy Spirit [the rhema] within the hearts and lives of men who are called by God to preach. According to Peter, salvation is the result of calling upon the Lord, calling upon the Lord is the result of believing, believing is the result of hearing the preaching of the gospel, and hearing the preaching of the gospel is the result of preachers being sent by the Rhema, or working, movement, and operation of the Holy Spirit. For more on this topic and interpretation, see the article “Faith Cometh By Hearing” in THE CHRISTIAN HERALD.




 
BELIEVERS IN CHRIST WILL BE PERSECUTED
 
Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra;what persecutions I
endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me. Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus
shall suffer persecution (2 Tim 3:11-12).
 
If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have
chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.  Remember the word that I said unto you,
The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if
they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my
name's sake, because they know not him that sent me (John 15:19-21).
 
SCRIPTURES CONCERNING PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS
THROUGHOUT THE WORLD

Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being
yourselves also in the body (Heb 13:3).
 
So I returned, and considered all the oppressions that are done under the sun: and behold the tears of
such as were oppressed, and they had no comforter; and on the side of their oppressors there was power;
but they had no comforter (Ecc 4:1).
 
He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that honoureth him hath
mercy on the poor (Proverbs 14:31).
 
Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all
thy mind.  This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy
neighbour as thyself (Mat 22:37-39).
 
If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain; If
thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth
thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works? (Pro 24:11-12).
 
Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ (Gal 6:2).
 
And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.
And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken:
and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one's bands were loosed (Acts 16:25-26).


 
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