How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” But not all the Israelites accepted the good news. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our message?” Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.
:14 = Issue of not hearing
:15 = Issue of not going out so others may hear
:16 = Issue of disobedience
Why did Paul include verse 16? Because all have been sent out. Christ commands us all in Matthew 28:19 to make disciples. In order to make disciples, we must go out to them. We must go out to them because we’ve been commanded to do so. Why have we been commanded to do so? For the sake of those stuck in the situations of verse 14:
- They can’t call on Christ because they haven’t heard of Him
- They won’t call on Christ because they have no reason to if they haven’t heard.
- And without hearing, they won’t believe.
But Christ brought Good News, good to us and also to them!
And how do you tell them about Christ so they may believe and call upon Him? By Christ’s Words (The Bible). Either read the Scripture to them or tell them about what you read in them.
Now, if /when somebody (in the faith) asks, “Well, what about those in countries who have grown up never knowing or hearing about Jesus?” One suggested answer is, “Ya know, Jesus commanded us all to go out and make disciples to all the nations. The fact that you’re asking about them in particular makes me wonder if Christ has called you to go to such people, and if they still don’t know because you disobeyed His command, or if the fact that they came to your mind, originating in the heart, if Christ is now calling you to go to them? Either way, I’m also curious now about how you’ll respond to this call. Will you obey, or will you disobey and continue to ask about those who don’t know?”
Another good answer to this question is: “Do you have friends and relatives who have not accepted Christ? (If so) then you may want to shift your focus to sharing His Good News with them before worrying about somebody far away who you don’t know. Because Jesus may have put you here, in these relationships and given you such children because He wants you to tell them about Him.”