The Power of the Gospel
Last Sunday, i started preaching through Romans at a small country church 40mins away from here. The Plan is to see how far i get through Romans in the three, 3 week block i have in the rest of the year. And here on my blog i will try to do a very brief summary each week.
We started by looking at the introduction to the book as such, 1:1-17.
What are we Ashamed of? we are all ashamed of things, good things but things that other people will think less of us for liking. But the Question is, “is the Gospel one of those things?
Paul tells us what the Gospel is in his intro, it was promised, it is about Jesus, the messiah, who was a descendant of David, and who was appointed in power by the spirit in power in his resurrection, i think that is us more being reminded of his position through his resurrection, as he never lost his position.
Then Paul tells us where the Gospel gains it’s power, and that is through it’s ability to make a person right with God, something that they are not able to do by themselves. as it says in verse 16, it is the power of God to bring salvation to thoes who believe, and in verse 17, that it is through faith and faith alone.
So that is the power of the Gospel, to bring people into a right relationship with God through Jesus death on the cross where our sins were dealt with, and it was done by grace, that is free to those who are totally undeserving.
Is that something you are ashamed of?
1 Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God — 2 the gospel he promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures 3 regarding his Son, who as to his earthly life[a] was a descendant of David, 4 and who through the Spirit of holiness was appointed the Son of God in power[b] by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord. 5 Through him we received grace and apostleship to call all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from[c] faith for his name’s sake. 6 And you also are among those Gentiles who are called to belong to Jesus Christ.
7 To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be his holy people:
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
Paul’s Longing to Visit Rome
8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world. 9 God, whom I serve in my spirit in preaching the gospel of his Son, is my witness how constantly I remember you 10 in my prayers at all times; and I pray that now at last by God’s will the way may be opened for me to come to you.
11 I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong— 12 that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith. 13 I do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters,[d] that I planned many times to come to you (but have been prevented from doing so until now) in order that I might have a harvest among you, just as I have had among the other Gentiles.
14 I am obligated both to Greeks and non-Greeks, both to the wise and the foolish. 15 That is why I am so eager to preach the gospel also to you who are in Rome.
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. 17 For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed —a righteousness that is by faith from first to last,[e] just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”[f]