(John 1:14) And the Word [of God, the Bible] was
made flesh [in Jesus Christ], and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory,
the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
(Rom 10:8) But what saith it? The word
[Gk: rhema; revelation] [of God] [Jesus Christ] is nigh thee,
even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith
[Gk: belief], which we preach [Gk: proclaim];
King James Bible Commentary: when entering a town to preach,
Paul immediately proceeded to the synagogue. Whether the Jews believed his
message or not, when he left, they remained behind to discuss what Paul had
taught. The very message of the gospel of Christ had been in their mouths
and in their hearts, but they did not believe. The truth [John 14:6]
of righteousness was as close to them as it could possibly be [i.e., they
were thinking about it (Him) and discussing it (Him)], but they failed
in their responsibility to receive that truth [Him].
(John 14:6) Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth,
and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
(Rom 10:9,10) That if thou shalt
confess with thy mouth [i.e., give external evidence of internal
belief] the Lord [Gk: kurios; supreme in authority]
Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart [Gk: in the thoughts (mind)]
that God hath raised him from the dead [the death, burial, and
resurrection of Jesus Christ], thou shalt be saved. For
with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth
confession is made unto salvation.
The Living Bible: If they believe in their hearts and say with
their mouths that Christ is the risen Lord, they will be saved.
The Nelson Study Bible: The condition for
“righteousness,” that is for being justified, is internal faith. The
condition of “salvation,” meaning deliverance from wrath and from the power
of sin, is external confession, which is calling on the Lord for help.
(Rom 10:11-13) For the scripture saith,
Whosoever [this means “all,” including Jew and Gentile]
believeth on him shall not be ashamed [Gk: disgraced: confounded,
dishonored]. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek:
for the same Lord [Gk: kurios; supreme in authority] over all is
rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever [this
means “all,” including Jew and Gentile] shall call upon the name of the
Lord shall be saved [from the wrath of God and the power of sin].
(Mat 14:30,31) But when he [Peter] saw the wind boisterous
[Gk: forcible: mighty, powerful], he was afraid [“be
not afraid” 7x in the gospels]; and beginning to sink, he cried,
saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched
forth his hand, and caught him [a type of rapture or
resurrection], and said unto him, O thou of little faith [Gk:
belief], wherefore didst thou doubt [Gk: waver]?
(James 1:6,7) But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering.
For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea [a biblical type of
humanity] driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think
that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.
(Rom 10:14,15) 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!
Commentary: We are missionaries. Our mission from God is to be
“sent to preach” to unbelieving “creatures,” and the unbelievers’ only
acceptable response is to “hear and believe.”
(Mark 16:15) And he [Jesus Christ] said unto them [His
disciples] [believers], Go ye into all the world [Gk: kosmos;
“cosmos” (universe)], and preach the gospel [“of peace” Rom
10:15] to every creature [a category that includes man, but is not
limited to man].
peace = Gk: (to join); peace; by impl. prosperity [vs. austerity]:--one,
quietness, rest, + set at one again.
Commentary: Macrocosmically, mankind was separated from God
because of sin. To “set at one again” refers to the complete healing of that
separated relationship. The latter archetypical (the original pattern or
model) relationship is microcosmically typified by Adam’s separated
relationship with Woman. They (we) will become “one” once again in Heaven.
(Isa 52:7) How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that
bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth
good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto
Zion, Thy God reigneth!
(Rom 10:16-18) But they have not all obeyed
the gospel. For Isaiah saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? So
then faith cometh by hearing [the preached word intelligently
received, i.e., understood], and hearing [understanding]
by the word [Gk: rhema; revelation] of God. But I say,
Have they not heard? Yes verily, their [the angels]
sound went into all the earth, and their words [Gk: rhema;
revelations] unto the ends of the world [oikoumene,
(Psa 19:1-6) To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. The
[shining stars representing angels in the] heavens declare the glory
of God; and the firmament [Heb: the visible arch of the sky]
showeth his handiwork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto
night showeth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where
their voice is not heard. Their line [Heb: (espec. for measuring);
fig. a rule] is gone out through all the earth, and their words to
the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle
[Heb: home] for the sun, Which is as a bridegroom
[Jesus Christ] coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong
man to run a race. His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and
his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat