THE POWER OF THE GOSPEL

Scripture Reading:  Romans 1:16,17

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.  For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, ‘The righteous shall live by faith.'” (Romans 1:16,17)

Paul clearly understood the importance of the gospel.  He says that the gospel “is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.”  Most of us know that the word “gospel” means “good news.”  The message of the gospel is good news to hopeless and helpless sinful people.  It is God’s good news of salvation which includes His forgiveness of our sins, His gift of eternal life and the means He has provided to free us from our bondage to sin.

The gospel is “the POWER of God for salvation.”  The Greek word translated “power” comes from the same word that we get the English word “dynamite.”  The word carries the idea of raw power, a power that frees us from our bondage to sin and death.  When the gospel comes to bear upon our lives, it blows things up!  It changes us from the inside out as it reveals our sins, the idols of our hearts, our selfish motives and fruitless ambitions.  The gospel enables us to see what really matters in life — seeking God and His Kingdom first in order to glorify Him in all that we do.  The gospel brings true freedom to us.  It gives us hope for the future and power to live in the now.

Like Paul, we must not be ashamed of the gospel.  We must never deny its message and we must acknowledge its power to save.  We are under obligation to share the gospel with others (v. 14). and we must seek to walk in line with the truth of the gospel (Galatians 2:14).

The basic message of the gospel is that we are a whole lot worse off then we think we are; but that we are more loved and accepted by God than we ever hoped we could be through a relationship with Jesus Christ.  The gospel shows us our unrighteousness, our sinfulness, and it also declares how valuable we are to God — precious, loved and secure in His hands.

Lord Jesus, thank You for making the gospel powerful and effective.  You are the primary subject of the gospel.  You accomplished salvation for us and You alone are able to save.  Let he gospel work itself out in and through my life.

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