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Read Romans 10.

In Romans 8-9, Paul unpacks the concept of election—how God in His sovereignty has predestined believers to be saved since before the foundation of the world. Then, in Romans 10, Paul begins to explain how all of humanity is responsible to respond in faith to God’s offer of grace.

Do not be deceived, Paul is not contradicting himself. Man is responsible, and God is sovereign. When it comes to salvation, no one has an excuse for not accepting God’s gift of forgiveness. The full responsibility of rejecting God and His only means of salvation—namely the Lord Jesus Christ—rests squarely on the shoulders of the one who has done the rejection.

Five times in Romans 10 Paul makes this point clear, placing the full responsibility for rejecting Jesus at the feet of those who have rejected Him (see vv. 8, 11, 12, 16, and 21). In fact, the concluding verse of this chapter is a poignant plea on the part of God to a hard-hearted people: “All day long I have held out my hands to a disobedient and obstinate people” (v. 21).

If a person dies without Christ, it is not because he was not elected or predestined, but because he or she has rejected God’s loving invitation of forgiveness and eternal life. How depraved we are to refuse such a love. How wondrous the grace of God to offer it to us! May these Truths compel us to live humbly before our awesome God. 

Prayer: Father, how wondrous Your offer of salvation! Help me grasp how wide and long and high and deep is Your love. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved’” (Romans 10:12-13).

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About The Author

Dr. Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

Even before he was born, it is clear that God had a vision for Michael Youssef. His mother was in poor health when she became pregnant with Michael, and because his life was in danger at the time of birth, the doctor recommended terminating the pregnancy. An abortion was scheduled. But God intervened and sent the family pastor to reassure them that God was involved in this pregnancy. He told them not to be afraid and that the child would be "born to serve the Lord." Michael's parents accepted the pastor's message as a message from God and obeyed. His mother gave birth, and lived to see him give his life to the Lord at the age of sixteen.

Believing that God had called him out of Egypt, Michael sought an exit visa in a time in which no university student was allowed to have a passport or leave the country. God intervened again, and miraculously he managed to acquire a visa. He immigrated to Australia, where he studied at Moore Theological College in Sydney, was ordained as a pastor, and met Elizabeth who became his wife.

The Youssefs came to America in 1977, and in 1978 Michael received a master's degree in theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in California. Then he earned a doctorate in social anthropology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Michael served nearly ten years in the Haggai Institute, traveling around the world more than 32 times, teaching courses in evangelism and leadership. He rose to the position of Managing Director at the age of 31 years. The family settled in Atlanta, and in 1984, Michael became a citizen of the United States, making his dream of many years come true.

He founded The Church of The Apostles in 1987 with fewer than 40 adults with the mission of "Equipping the Saints and Searching for the Lost". The church has since grown to be a congregation of over 3,000 people today. This church has driven the international ministry of Leading the Way. While it is heard by millions at home and abroad, behind every message preached through radio waves, is the heart of a pastor, willing to nurture and care for these people. Clearly God has uniquely equipped Dr. Youssef to speak to a global audience. The path he has taken has given him an understanding and firm grasp of the Scriptures that transcend cultures. He preaches, teaches and calls with a sincere, based on the authority of the inerrant, inspired Word of God. With his personal knowledge of the Holy Land, its history and culture, Dr. Michael Youssef transmits life to listeners all over the world.

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