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Those who have never heard?

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  • Those who have never heard?

    Right after the verse "Faith comes through hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ" (Rom. 10:17) we read, "But I ask: Did they not hear? Of course they did:

    'Their voice has gone out into all the earth,
    their words to the ends of the world.' " (Rom. 10:18)

    Which is about natural revelation (see Ps. 19:1-4)! So it seems there is a chance for people to hear the gospel, through natural revelation.

    "What I pray of you is, to keep your eye upon Him, for that is everything. Do you say, 'How am I to keep my eye on Him?' I reply, keep your eye off everything else, and you will soon see Him. All depends on the eye of faith being kept on Him. How simple it is!" (J.B. Stoney)

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    Romans 1 speaks to that.

    18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of people who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,

    19 because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them.

    20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, that is, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, being understood by what has been made, so that they are without excuse.

    21 For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their reasonings, and their senseless hearts were darkened.

    22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools,

    23 and they exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible mankind, of birds, four-footed animals, and crawling creatures.
    Last edited by mossrose; 06-10-2021, 09:12 PM.

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