Not Ashamed of The Gospel

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

In the gospel of Jesus Christ, the righteousness of God is revealed because even God could not forgive our sins unrighteously. There had to be a righteous basis for the forgivness of our sins. For a judge to just totally dismiss charges against a guilty man is not righteous. There has to be a righteous basis for the forgiveness of our sins, and that righteous basis is found in the gospel of Jesus Christ. Since death was the sentence for those who sinned, God established a righteous basis for forgivness by Jesus Christ becoming a substitute, taking upon Himself our sins and then dying the death of a sinner in our stead. The righteous for the unrighteous, and thus providing the righteous basis for being forgiven of sin. We are forgiven because of the righteous act of One Man, Jesus Christ, who died for you/me. He took our place and placed the debt that we deserved upon Himself. And thus , the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith.

Now Paul here at the time of writing this epistle had been imprisoned in Philippi (Acts 16:23-24), chased out of Thessalonica (Acts 17:10), smuggled out of Berea (Acts 17:14), laughed at in Athens (Acts 17:32), regarded as a fool in Corinth (1 Corinthians 1:18-23), and stoned in Galatia and left for dead (Acts 14:19). But all the while Paul remained eager to preach the gospel in Rome—the seat of contemporary political power and pagan religion. Neither ridicule, criticism, nor physical persecution could curb his boldness. Paul was a living example through what he had endured the weaker the human instrument, the more clearly God’s grace and power shines forth (2 Corinthians 12:9). Power of God—The Greek word is “dunamis,”  where we get the English word “dynamite.” Although the message may sound foolish to some (1 Corinthians 1:18), the gospel is effective because it carries with it the omnipotence of God: You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. Trust in the Lord forever, for in YAH, the Lord is everlasting strength(Isaiah 26:3-4) The literal expression for “everlasting strength”is “Rock of Ages.”Only God’s power is able to overcome man’s sinful nature and give him new life: But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name; who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God(John 1:12-13).

Salvation—Used 5 times in Romans and the verb form 8 times, this key word basically means deliverance” or rescue.” The power of the gospel delievers people from being lost in their sins, and from the wrath of God for the punishment of sin (Romans 5:9), from willful spiritual ignorance (Hosea 4:6), and from evil self indulgence (Luke 14:26), and from the darkness of false religion (Colossians 1:13). The gospel brings victory to the child of God, it rescues them from the ultimate penalty of sin, the eternal separation from God.

Beloved friend, To trust, rely upon, or have faith in, you must first realize that you are indeed a sinner, who has been found gulity for your sins. But now, you have been given an unconditional pardon by God to remove your guilt through the trust and belief in His Son, Jesus Christ. True saving faith is supernatural, a gracious gift from God that He produces in the heart of the one who believes, and is the only way to be accounted as righteous before a holy God. Saving faith consists of a deep personal conviction, without reservation that Jesus Christ is the only way, the only truth, and the only life, that will lead us to the Father (John 14:6). Christ’s resurrection is the supreme validation of His ministry, belief in it is necessary for salvation because it proved that Christ is who He claimed to be and that God the Father had accepted Him, and His sacrifice in the place of sinners. Something we should never be ashamed of, for it is the power of God for salvation. And we who believe, shall live by faith.

May the Lord bless your walk today!


Author: rontrujillo

Married 37 years We have six children. All of whom are adult. Three are married one of them blessed us with three beautiful grandchildren. Retired Firefighter @ Boeing Aircraft 37 years (Formally McDonnell Douglas) Born Again Summer of 1981

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