“Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God” Romans 10: 17
Hearing what? The Word of God.
The Word plants the seed;
It nourishes the “seed;”
As we absorb the Word of God, we increase.
“Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed thereto according to thy Word.” Psalm 119: 9
Taking heed “thereto”--to that effect; taking heed to cleansing;
Cleansing also comes by hearing (and heeding) the Word of God.
Initially we obtain faith, and at the same time we obtain cleansing.
Hearing is often spoken of as “heeding”; so then Faith cometh by hearing , and heeding by the Word of God. Heeding is applying it personally; as we apply it, we are cleansed by it. These two verses, though written many years apart, are in harmony with one another.