Summary: How could Paul have come to the same conclusion as the prophet Isaiah some 700 years before about "beautiful feet"? The "feet" of the Church are to resemble the heavenly "feet" that first stepped onto mountains of Zion, and later were nailed to a cross.
“Beautiful Feet and the Gospel Goal”
At one time or another, everyone has played the “word association game?” You know how it’s played: one person gives a word and then you spontaneously respond with another word. If we changed the game to “BIBLICAL Word Association”, your answers might be quite different: If I said “red”, your response would probably be “blood”, not blue. If I said “dark”…you might say “light”, if I said “black”, you might say “sin”. If I said the word “feet”, would you have any biblical word association? (The word “feet” is actually used 238 times in the Bible.) How about if I asked you to give adjectives to Biblically DESCRIBE "feet"?
The Apostle Paul certainly had a biblical word that he associated with “feet” in Romans 10:15: “Just as it is written (from Isaiah 52:7), "How BEAUTIFUL are THE FEET of those who bring GOOD NEWS of GOOD THINGS!" How did Paul arrive at the same Biblical conclusion as Isaiah did some 700 years earlier?
In Isaiah, Israel had sold themselves to idols of the world and had become faithless and rebellious toward God. The nation, including its LEADERS, had lost the vision of God’s Kingdom of righteousness, love and peace and they were serving the gods of materialism, self- indulgence, hypocrisy, immorality. Isaiah comes onto the scene as a prophet sent by God, sort of a PRESS AGENT for God, linking God’s Word to God’s people, and foretells the coming of the Lord Jesus as THE LINK for salvation. Paul assumes the same role as an apostle, as a message of this Savior, only Isaiah points TO the SAVIOR’S Coming.
There are some salvation essentials for the “WHOEVERS” in knowing the Salvation of the Lord Jesus and having “Beautiful Feet” in the verses leading up to Romans 10:15, which we have looked at:
Beginning at Romans 10:9: “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; 10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, (NOT BY WORKS, BUT FAITH) and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, "WHOEVER (He who) BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED." For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him; 13 for "WHOEVER (He who) WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED."
1. Two things must happen to a person, a “whoever”, to be saved. A person has to BELIEVE in the LORD JESUS CHRIST (that Christ is Preeminent in all Things, including your life, He is the Perfect Savior for sin, God in the Flesh). BELIEVE means that you are convinced in your heart, and when you are, then CHRIST will be evidenced in your life. If you are a true believer, you have been connected to the Cornerstone, the Lord Jesus; He is the foundation of your life, the Rock of your Salvation so that everything you do PROCEEDS from Him. It’s impossible for Jesus not to be noticed by others in your life because you’re connected to Him.