To Those Who Live the Gospel

I will pose this simple question: if we only do good things, will people know about Jesus?

Did you answer ‘yes’?  Then I will ask you: do all good deeds, no matter who does them, testify to Jesus?  Do the actions of a secular humanist or Buddhist tell people that Jesus died for their sins?

If you said ‘yes’ again, then why did Jesus preach?  Consider this:

How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?” So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. (Romans 10:14-17 emphasis added)

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About Aaron Gardner

Aaron is a counselor and student of the Bible, passionate about sharing the good news of Jesus Christ. He lives in central Indiana with his wife, one-year-old son and their two dogs. View all posts by Aaron Gardner

2 responses to “To Those Who Live the Gospel

  • Sabio Lantz

    But if even demons believe, it must also be by the example of the good heart that the lost soul is saved. Thus perhaps the gracious pagan or compassionate Buddhist unwittingly prepares the hearts of future believers.

    Yet once they convert, since they share beliefs with demons, it agains seems that it is the good heart that matters.

  • Aaron

    Thus it is the calling and not the belief that saves. It is the response that is compelled by that calling that produces the fruit of repentance.

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