Bless the Lord, O my soul,   
And all that is within me,   
bless His holy name.   
Bless the Lord, O my soul,   
And forget none of His benefits.   
- Psalms 103:1-2   
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What Saith The Scriptures About Hearing?


                   When the invitation to become a Christian is extended to an assembled body of people, included is the necessity for one to hear the Gospel.  But why?  Why should one be concerned about hearing the Word of God?  Let's take a look. 


So That One Can Know


          Except one hear the truth, one cannot know what is expected of them.  Jesus said:  "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" (Jn. 8:32).  Even in the Old Testament individuals heard the truth so that they could know.  Notice this:  "Hear, O Israel, the statues and judgments which I speak in your ears this day, that ye may learn them, and keep, and do them" (Deuteronomy 5:1).


          Peter, recounting the conversion of the Gentile in Acts chapter 11 stated that Cornelius was told by an Angel to send for Peter who would him words "whereby thou and all thy house shall be saved" (v. 14).  This is why it is important for individuals to be taught the truth. 





So that One Can Have Faith


          Faith is essential to be right with God.  The Hebrew writer penned:  "But without faith it is impossible to please him:  for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him" (Heb. 11:6). 


          How does one develop such a faith?  Consider Romans 10:17:  "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God" (emphasis mine, DO).      


          The word of God is sufficient for producing faith in the hearts of those who will accept its' teaching.  John stated the following concerning those things which he had written:  "But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name" (Jn. 20:31). 


          Have you heard the Gospel?  Do you believe it?  Have you obeyed it?   Become a child of God today and live faithful to Him that Heaven will be your eternal home (Rev. 2:10).


- Donnie Oliver