A Glorious and Powerful Message
Augustine, a man who led an immoral life, in 386 A.D. read the book of Romans. When he got to Romans 13:13-14, his life was never the same.
Romans 13:13-14 says, "Let us behave properly as in the day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts."
In 1515, Martin Luther went from a man of torment to a man of great faith because of the book of Romans. John Bunyan in 1653, John Wesley in 1738, and Karl Barth in 1918 were never the same after they studied the book of Romans. These are but a few men who led great spiritual movements which left their marks on world history.
Paul's testimony to the Gospel of the grace of God was clear. His words just ring out with conviction. This is found in the introduction to Paul's great discourse on the Gospel.
In the first seventeen verses or Romans, Chapter one, we have Paul's introduction to his readers. Paul's intention toward his friends, and Paul's initiation of his subject (vv 16,17). He introduces this great Epistle by stating his confidence in the Gospel. Paul was a Gospel man.
Every preacher standing in the pulpit all across the land should have confidence in the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. Paul's testimony should be ours. What other weapon do we have that would be effective as we face an aggressive evil giant-sin.
Does the Gospel we preach promise conquest? It most certainly does. That is why Paul said, "So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the Gospel to you that are at Rome also." (Rom 1-15). As we meet the Amalakites of materialism and secularism and worldliness, what weapons do we have that will guarantee victory?
The answer is we have none. The Gospel is the only answer. Is our confidence in the power of the Gospel waning until we turn to substitutes to take its place ...
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