“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17 (New King James Version).“So faith comes from hearing the message, and the message that is heard is what Christ spoke.” Romans 10:17 (GOD’S WORD Translation)
In the original Greek, the word for “God” here is not “Theos” but, rather “Christos” for “Christ”. The “word of God” doesn’t necessarily produce faith, but the” word of Christ” does. For instance, the Bible says that “O LORD, you deceived me, and I was deceived” (Jeremiah 20:7). That is considered the written word of God as well and faith doesn’t come by hearing the written word of God. Faith comes rather by hearing about Christ and His finished work, and the Bible is all about HIM, not about us.
Indeed, some words which were recorded in the Bible were spoken by people, whose views and understanding about God changed as they continued to walk with Him. For example, Jeremiah was wrestling with his doubts about the Lord, before he eventually recognised the Lord’s purpose for him. “But the Lord is with me as a mighty, awesome One. Therefore my persecutors will stumble, and will not prevail.” (Jeremiah 20:11)
Similarly, in the context of Romans 10, we see that the “word of Christ” is referring to the gospel of peace, not to the written word in the Bible. “As it is written: ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things!'” (Romans 10:15) The good news is that we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ because we have been made righteous by faith in Him. (Romans 5:1) At the cross, God made Jesus who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. (2 Corinthians 5:21) When we believe the gospel, we will enjoy peace in our conscience, knowing that God has reconciled us to Himself through Christ and we can fellowship with Him every day.
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Blessings to you.