Romans Podcast Expository Files 2018 Berkley - Page 14



Romans ~ God’s Power
Rom. 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’.” (Rom. 1:16,17)
When you are ashamed of something, you don’t mention it; you try to hide it; you may even
disassociate yourself from it. Now consider the opposite. If you are glad to have something
and you are sincerely impressed with its value, you want to shout about it from the housetops.
You cannot hold back. It is good news you are compelled to share because of its power and
value.
This is how Paul felt about the gospel. It is how all of God’s people should feel about the
gospel of Christ. The power of God to get sinners out of sin and into righteousness is
contained in one message, the gospel.
Everyone “who believes” (with all that belief means) is granted an escape out of sin and into
fellowship with God. From that initial faith, faith grows and sustains their relationship with
God in richness and power. The righteous live by faith.
This is not a sterile, academic faith that merely embraces or acknowledges the truth of a set of
propositions. This is faith as described by Paul earlier, back in Romans 1:5, “the obedience of
faith.” The New Testament not only states the requirement or condition of faith, it tells us
what faith means. Faith discovers its existence in obedience.
Have you obeyed the gospel?
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