“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” –Romans 10: 13-15
In his bestseller, Radical, David Platt writes, “In these short verses, we see God’s design for taking the Gospel to all the peoples of the world, including billions who have never heard the name of Jesus. In order for us to see it, let’s take the verbs from this passage in reverse order.
God sends His servants. –> His servants preach. –>
People hear. –> Hearers believe. –>
Believers call. –> Everyone who calls is saved.
So there you have it – the simple divine play for taking the gospel to all the peoples of the world. Now look back at this progression and ask one question: Is there any place where this plan can break down? Think about it. Obviously everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved. No breakdown there. Everyone who believes will call. Many who hear (not all, but many) will believe. People will hear the Gospel when we preach it to them. And God is most definitely still in the business of sending His servants.
That means there is only one potential breakdown in this progression – when servants of God to not preach the Gospel to all peoples. “We are the plan of God, and there is no plan B.”
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