by Rex Rouis
I am going to reword Romans 10:17 by substituting the words with expanded meanings, and/or loose definition wordings taken from other verses. Now, I know this is not authoritative, so don’t go Greek or Postal on me.
So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ. Romans 10:17 NASB
Faith – Hebrews 11:1 states that “…faith is the substance of things hoped for…” One possible alternate for the word ‘substance is the word reality, so it could be restated as ‘the reality of things hoped for.’ The Holman Christian Standard Bible actually translates it this way.
From – The Greek word means ‘out of’
Hearing & Hearing – This word is not the common word for ‘hearing’ used in the New Testament and can be translated ‘a message that is heard.’ It is translated exactly that way in Hebrews 4:2 NASB.
By – The Greek word means ‘through’
Word – The Greek word is Rhema and can be translated loosely as a ‘spoken word.’
Christ – Here I am not going to provide a translation here but a substitution using an analogy used in John 1:1. John calls Jesus by the Greek word ‘logos.’ One possible rendering is the ‘total concept of God,’ or the ‘total message of God.’
The New Verse Translation – with all substitutions
So (the reality of things hoped for) comes (out of ) (a message that is heard), and (a message that is heard) (through) the (spoken word) out of the (total message of God). Romans 10:17
Cleaned up a little we get
So the reality of things hoped for comes out of a message that is heard, and this message is heard as a spoken word coming through and from the total message of God. Romans 10:17
This ‘hearing’ is the written word coming alive in our heart. It is a personal living word to us that speaks out from the total written general message (Bible) of God. It happens when the written word becomes real to us in our heart. That is the moment faith comes.
Other ‘Real’ Translations of Romans 10:17
KJV – So then faith [cometh] by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
NASB – So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.
God’s Word – So faith comes from hearing the message, and the message that is heard is what Christ spoke.
Wuest Expanded – So then, faith is out of the source of that which is heard, and that which is heard [the message] is through the agency of the Word concerning Christ.
Darby – So faith then [is] by a report, but the report by God’s word.
Complete Jewish – So trust comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through a word proclaimed about the Messiah.
Young’s Literal – so then the faith [is] by a report, and the report through a saying of God,
Amplified – So faith comes by hearing [what is told], and what is heard comes by the preaching [of the message that came from the lips] of Christ (the Messiah Himself).
Green – Then faith is of hearing, and hearing through the Word of God.
Weymouth – And this proves that faith comes from a Message heard, and that the Message comes through its having been spoken by Christ.
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