Romans 9 is steeped in the sovereignty of God and Romans 10 speaks to our responsibility. Salvation is given to us by grace through faith in Jesus alone. There is NOTHING we can do to EARN our salvation. But we must accept it. We must believe. Paul says, “if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.”
Paul declares there is no distinction. The same Lord is Lord of all. Bestowing His riches on all who call on Him. For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved!
So, Paul poses a series of “how” questions and a statement…
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?
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!”
I love this visual of beautiful feet. Beautiful feet carrying the Gospel. Beautiful feet loving their neighbor. Beautiful feet of those who hunger and thirst for righteousness; who mourn for the lost. Beautiful feet worn out from making sure all hear the good news.
Paul is quoting from Isaiah 52. Scriptures so beloved and familiar to the Jewish audience. Scriptures studied and taught and discussed for hundreds of years in the places of worship. And following this passage are the most descriptive passages of Jesus as the Messiah in Isaiah 52 and 53. Here’s a glimpse…
He had no form or majesty that we should look at him. Despised and rejected by men. A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. We esteemed him not. He has borne our griefs, carried our sorrows. He was pierced for our transgressions; crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds, we are healed. The Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter. By oppression and judgment, he was taken away. Although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth. Yet it was the will of God to crush him. Making many to be accounted righteous, bearing their iniquities. He poured out his soul to death and was numbered with the transgressors, yet he bore the sin of many and makes intercession for the transgressors.
The beautiful feet of Jesus willingly walking to the cross in fulfillment of prophecy. And now we -- as believers; as the Church -- are the hands and feet of Jesus. Hands and feet to tell the story of the scars on His hands and feet; the blood shed; the sacrifice for our salvation; the GOOD NEWS.
How are my feet looking? How are your feet looking? How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!
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