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God's Word for Today Romans 10 and Amanda

April 11, 2012

 
 

Romans 10:9 is my favorite verse in the Bible.  Why?  Because it the verse that tells me for sure that I am a Christian.  It is a condition and promise verse, which tells you and me what we must do and if we do that, what God will do.   If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead… that’s what you must do.  That is the condition, what God requires of us.  We have to agree with God, yes you are real, yes you are in charge, you are my Boss, my Master, and I believe in You with all my heart, that God did raise Jesus from the dead.  Now what is God’s promise?  He says you will be saved.  So this verse gives each of us as believers, assurance of our salvation.  We don’t have to say, I hope I am Christian, I hope I am saved, I hope I am right with God.  No, we can say, I know I am saved because I’ve done what the Bible says, what God says I must do.  I have believed in my heart and I have confessed with my mouth that Jesus is Lord so, I know for sure that I am saved.  This is a powerful verse to use in witnessing, you can use it to invite others to believe in their heart and confess with their mouth Jesus as Lord.   Another condition and promise verse is found in verse 13, “whosoever shall call upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved”.  So the condition, what God requires, is to call upon Him in prayer, to call Him Lord, and to do that we must believe.  If we do that then we have God’s promise, we are saved. 

The importance of sharing the Gospel verses 14-18

ความสำคัญของผู้ประกาศข่าวประเสริฐ 14-18

    The Gospel is so important, that I believe this is the main reason why we Christians remain alive on earth, to share the Good News with others.  Otherwise, God could just take us to Heaven to worship Him there.  We must be about the business of telling others about Jesus. Here we have the basis for missionary activity by the church, all Christians and every church should be about missions.   Praying for missionaries, sending missionaries, asking God to show you, if God wants you be a missionary.  We having received, having heard, having known the grace of God through Jesus Christ, we are now obligated to let the world know of that same grace.

14But how are they to 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?

14แต่ผู้ที่ยังไม่เชื่อในพระองค์   จะทูลขอต่อพระองค์อย่างไรได้   และผู้ที่ยังไม่ได้ยินถึงพระองค์   จะเชื่อในพระองค์อย่างไรได้   และเมื่อไม่มีผู้ใดประกาศให้เขาฟัง   เขาจะได้ยินถึงพระองค์อย่างไรได้

15And 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!”

15และถ้าไม่มีใครใช้เขาไป   เขาจะไปประกาศอย่างไรได้   ตามที่มีคำเขียนไว้ในพระคัมภีร์ว่า   เท้าของคนเหล่านั้นที่นำข่าวดีมา   ช่างงามจริงๆ   หนอ 

16But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?”

16แต่มิใช่ทุกคนได้เชื่อฟังข่าวประเสริฐนั้น   เพราะอิสยาห์ได้กล่าวไว้ว่า   พระองค์เจ้าข้า   ใครเล่าได้เชื่อสิ่งที่เขาได้ยินจากเราทั้งหลาย

17So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.

17ฉะนั้นความเชื่อเกิดขึ้นได้ก็เพราะการได้ยิน   และการได้ยินเกิดขึ้นได้ก็เพราะการประกาศพระคริสต์  

18But I ask, have they not heard? Indeed they have, for “Their voice has gone out to all the earth,

and their words to the ends of the world.”

18ข้าพเจ้าถามว่า   “เขาทั้งหลายไม่ได้ยินหรือ”   เขาได้ยินแล้วจริงๆ    เสียงของเขากระจายออกไปทั่วแผ่นดินโลก     และถ้อยคำของเขาประกาศออกไปถึงสุดปลายพิภพ 

    The main reason I am in Thailand today as a missionary is because of these first two verses.  I noticed on my first trip to Thailand in January 2005 right after the tsunami, that there were almost no Bibles here and very few churches.  I asked the same question as Paul asks here how are the Thai people going to call on the Lord in whom they have not believed?  How will they believe if they have never heard?  How will they hear if there is no one here to preach to them?  I noticed there were few pastors and few Bibles, and asked how will they hear?  Do you have beautiful feet?   Our feet are usually the least esteemed part of our body.  In Thailand you have to be careful in crossing your legs so that you are not pointing the sole of your foot at another person, thereby insulting them.  Culturally I learned you should not point at things with your feet, kick things, and not point you feet at, or step over another person.  At the recent YWAM Thailand national conference in Krabi, intercessory prayer was offered for each of us that are ministering in Southern Thailand.  A number of people prayed for my wife Cindy and me.  One was a Thai man who I’d never met.  He knelt before me and hugged both my feet.  He prayed in that position at length for me.  Tears streamed down my face as this dear brother understood the beauty of my feet, because God has called me to “bring good news of good things.”

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