Believing versus obeying not

The book of Romans demonstrates that faith is an action term. For example, Paul commends the “faith” of these saints, which, says he, is “proclaimed throughout the whole world” (Rom. 1:8).

As he concludes the epistle, he again congratulates them: “For your obedience is come abroad unto all men” (Rom. 16:19). Faith and obedience are parallel here.

In fact, at the beginning and end of the book, the expression “obedience of faith” stands like a guardian sentinel, defining the character of biblical faith (Rom. 1:5; 16:26).

In Romans 10:16, those who refused to “obey the gospel” fulfilled Isaiah’s prediction that some would not “believe” the divine report.


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