Monday, February 10, 2014

Advent Archive: Romans 10:11-15

I love solving logic puzzles. For example, a logic statement from one might say, "Vanessa owes more money than the photographer but less than Mike." From the statement you logically know that 1) Vanessa and Mike are not the photographer, 2) Vanessa does not owe the most money nor the least, 3) Mike owes more money than the photographer and Vanessa, and 4) the photographer owes less money than both Vanessa and Mike. It gets kind of twisted and mind-numbing at times, but it's good exercise for your brain.
I know Paul sat around thinking logically, too. Have you ever read his "what I want to do I don't, and what I don't want to do I do" passage? This part of Romans 10 logically approaches the gospel. The logic statement is "for whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." From the statement, you logically know that 1) they have to believe in the Lord in order to speak to Him 2) they have to hear about the Lord to call on Him, 3) someone must tell them about the person before they can believe or call, and 4) someone must be sent to go tell them before they can hear, believe, or call. Paul finishes his puzzle with the logical answer--go! It's not just a logical puzzle, it's a proposal. Tell everyone that you can about Jesus. Because logically if you don't, who will?

Food for Thought: Read Romans 10:11-15. According to this passage, what is the process by which people will believe in Christ?

Amber Allen
My Wife and Best Friend
Amber and I have been working together in youth ministry since 2008. We have two beautiful children - Graham and Cecelia.