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Faith Comes By Hearing

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"So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." Romans 10:17

Faith is gift that comes by the vehicle of God's grace. It is also difficult for fallen men to obtain while laboring arduously to be the masters of our own destiny. Usually we are too proud to receive any such gift, even one that is life giving. I suppose the worriment is related to the fact that we also tend not to be good listeners. Many times my wife could say about me and my sons:


"hearing they hear not, neither do they understand." Matthew 13:13b

Nevertheless, the truth remains that one must "hear" the word of God in order for faith to take root and grow.

I am no ancient Greek scholar, but according to the concordance, ἀκοή: akoē is the Greek word translated as "hearing" in Romans 10:17. Specifically it refers to the organ by which one perceives sound. The context even more specifically suggests that this involves listening, and this we know because faith is…