Romans 10:14

How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
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AD 400
As I said above, you have to believe first if you are going to have the faith to ask for anything. It is obvious that Christ cannot be believed in if he is not obeyed. It is likewise clear that whoever rejects a preacher does not accept the one who sent him either. Commentary on Paul’s Epistles.

Augustine of Hippo

AD 430
God sends his angels and gathers together his elect from the four winds, that is, from the whole world. Therefore, the church must necessarily be found among the nations where it does not yet exist, but it does not necessarily follow that all who live there will believe. The promise was to all nations but not to all men of all nations, for not all have faith.

Augustine of Hippo

AD 430
The preaching of predestination should not hinder the preaching of perseverance and progress in faith, so that those to whom it has been given to obey should hear what they ought to hear. For how will they hear without a preacher? Gift of Perseverance

Augustine of Hippo

AD 430
Those who believe rightly believe that they may call on him in whom they have believed and may be strong to do what they have learned in the precepts of the law, since faith obtains what the law commands.

Caesarius of Arles

AD 542
This is why you first learned the creed. Here is a rule of your faith which is both short and long—short in the number of words, long because of the weight of the thoughts.

George Leo Haydock

AD 1849
Or how shall they believe He shows the necessity of preachers, and that all true preachers must be sent, and have their mission from God. Who hath believed our report? Literally, our hearing? Some expound it thus: who hath believed the things we have heard from God, and which we have preached? The common interpretation is, who hath believed what he hath heard from us? (Witham)

Tertullian of Carthage

AD 220
For "a people "he says, "whom I knew not hath served me; in obedience of the ear it hath obeyed me."

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation - 2 Peter 1:20

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