According to the Apostle Paul, faith does not come from reading the Word of God, but from â€œhearingâ€ the word of God (Romans 10:17). Furthermore, it is not hearing the preacher preach the Bible that produces faith in our hearts. Instead, it is hearing the Spirit speak personally to our hearts that graciously imparts to us saving faith. Granted, the Spirit may speak to our hearts while we are reading the Bible or hearing a sermon, but it is still the Spiritâ€™s voice alone that instills within the human soul saving faith.
While this truth does nothing to take away from the inestimable value of the Scripture, it teaches us that the miracle of salvation is wrought by Godâ€™s Spirit. Although reading and preaching the Holy Scripture is necessary for the salvation of souls, neither is sufficient for the soulâ€™s salvation apart from the accompanying and regenerating work of the Holy Spirit.