The Main Means of Grace (2)!

The way, the truth and the life!
The way, the truth and the life!

Through the preaching it pleases God through Christ, the exalted Lord, the Chief Prophet of God, who alone gathers his church, to speak to his people unto salvation. This is plainly expressed in the text of Romans fourteen and fifteen, yet there is a small and seemingly insignificant error  in the translation of our much loved and revered King James Version. “How shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard?” The “of” should not be there, it should read “how shall they believe in him whom they have not heard?” Not of, but whom they have not heard. When you hear of someone it is quite different to hearing someone who is present, in the former you do not hear his own voice but the voice someone else telling you something about him. But when you hear someone, you hear his own voice, he is present with you, he is addressing you. The text is actually teaching us that you cannot believe in Jesus Christ unless you have heard him speak to you, unless you have heard his word addressed to you, “how shall they believe in him whom they have not heard?” Which in turn harmonises with other Scriptures, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life” (John 5:24). And, “”my sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:27). Hearsay, the word of man is insufficient to serve as a basis for that certain knowledge whereby we know all our sins are forgiven, that perfect confidence whereby we rely in life and death upon our faithful Saviour, Jesus Christ.

(© James R Hamilton)
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