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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Romans 10:12-21

The first words express the design of the apostle through these verses, that there is no difference between Jews and Gentiles, but they stand upon the same level in point of acceptance with God. In Jesus Christ there is neither Greek nor Jews, Col. 3:11. God doth not save any nor reject any because they are Jews, nor because they are Greeks, but doth equally accept both upon gospel terms: There is no difference. For the proof of this he urges two arguments:? I. That God is the same to all: The... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - Romans 10:14-21

10:14-21 How are they to call on him on whom they have not believed? How are they to believe in him of whom they have not heard? How are they to hear without someone to proclaim the good news to them? How are they to proclaim the good news unless they are sent to do so? But this is the very thing that has happened, as it stands written: "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring the good news of good things." But all have not obeyed the good news. That is quite true, because... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Romans 10:17

So then faith comes by hearing ,.... That is, by preaching; for the word hearing is used in the same sense as in the preceding verse; and designs the report of the Gospel, or the preaching of the word, which is the means God makes use of, to convey faith into the hearts of his people; for preachers are ministers, or instruments, by whom others believe: and hearing by the word of God ; or "of Christ", as some copies read, and so do the Vulgate Latin and Ethiopic versions; and intends... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Romans 10:17

So then faith cometh by hearing - Preaching the Gospel is the ordinary means of salvation; faith in Christ is the result of hearing the word, the doctrine of God preached. Preaching, God sends; if heard attentively, faith will be produced; and if they believe the report, the arm of the Lord will be revealed in their salvation. read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Romans 10:17

Verse 17 17.Faith then is by hearing, etc. We see by this conclusion what Paul had in view by the gradation which he formed; it was to show, that wherever faith is, God has there already given an evidence of his election; and then, that he, by pouring his blessing on the ministration of the gospel, to illuminate the minds of men by faith, and thereby to lead them to call on his name, had thus testified, that the Gentiles were admitted by him into a participation of the eternal inheritance. And... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Romans 10:11-21

What follows to the end of the chapter is abruptly expressed, in such wise as to render difficult a clear exposition of the intended argument. It seems (as in other parts of the Epistle) as if St. Paul had dictated rapidly, and without pausing to consider whether readers would easily follow the thoughts of which his own mind was full. First, having done with his illustrations from the Pentateuch, he resumes the line of thought expressed at the end of Romans 10:4 , by παντὶ τῷ πιστεύοντι... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Romans 10:12-21

The universality of the gospel. The favour of God is free. But the apostle has already indicated another antagonism to the ignorant zeal of his people: the favour of God, being free, is free for all ( Romans 10:4 , Romans 10:11 ). As Godet says, "Paul has justified the matter of his preaching, salvation by grace; he now justifies its extension'' He here sets forth the universality of the gospel as evident from its very freeness, as anticipated by the Law, as consistent with the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Romans 10:12-21

The natural history of faith. From an account of the plan of salvation as faith in and confession of a risen Saviour, the apostle, in the verses now before us, proceeds to consider the natural history of the faith which Jew and Gentile are led to place in the one Lord. For it is most important to know how faith is induced. And here we notice— I. THE RISEN LORD IS WITHIN EVERY ONE 'S CALL . ( Romans 10:12 , Romans 10:13 .) There is no difference in his accessibility... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Romans 10:16-18

But not all obeyed (or, hearkened to ) the gospel (or, good tidings ) . This means, apparently, that in the prophet's representation of the proclamation of the good tidings all were said to hear, but not all to hearken, For Esaias saith, Lord, who Believed our report? (The Greek word here is ἀκοῇ , the same as in Romans 10:17 , there rendered "hearing," and corresponding to the verb ἀκούειν in Romans 10:14 , Romans 10:18 .) So then faith cometh of... read more

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