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While in the country of Nicaragua several years ago, I observed open bed trucks going through the city streets announcing something over the loudspeakers set up on their truck. I asked our group leader what they were saying. He told me that since they do not have any mass way of communicating news, this is how they announce the death of someone in the community. As I thought about that, I thought about how we as Christians have been given a message to announce, to preach, to teach, to share, to shout from the housetops (or even flat bed trucks if needed), but it is not a message of death, it is a message of life! And we are not ashamed to proclaim this glorious Gospel, for it truly "is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes." The Gospel, God's power to save! This is both our burden and our joy!
Paul's passion for the Gospel was on full display in Romans 1:16 when he said, "I am not ashamed of the Gospel." Paul was not ashamed because he had full confidence that the Gospel "is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile." The Gospel is God's power to save! By trusting in the message of the Gospel, God makes us righteous, something that we are unable to do ourselves. This is why Paul says, "I am not ashamed." Instead, Paul is saying "I glory in the Gospel and I feel a deep sense of obligation to share its life-changing message with all people."
As we look at these verses, there are some key words that we need to understand. These words are found throughout the book of Romans and in Paul's other writings as well.
Gospel - The Gospel is the good news that God Himself has rescued us from our sin and its punishment through Jesus' death on the cross and resurrection. Through Christ we are reconciled to God. (For the essentials of the Gospel, see 1 Cor. 15:3-4).
Salvation - Means to hea ...
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