Welcome back, I am glad to see you here and want to thank you for joining me again today. Today we will be back in Romans 1 starting in verse 13, but before we do, let us pray. Here we will be reading about the Gospel and how its purpose has been revealed through Paul. Now, who knows what the definition of the word gospel is? The word simply means good news, or to have news worth celebration. So, when we read have that in mind. Romans 1:13-16
13 Now I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that oftentimes I purposed to come unto you, (but I was let hitherto,) that I might have some fruit among you also, even as among other Gentiles.14 I am debtor both to the Greeks and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise. 15 So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also. 16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. (King James Version)
Paul reveals a few things here, and chiefly is that he is not ashamed of his belief in the gospel of Christ. This state of boldness in the gospel is something that needs to be developed in all who believe. It is not easy to stand up before all that around you and admit that you are a Christian. Now, for some this is not a challenge, but let’s put up a scenario and see then how your answer stands: you are out with your friends, some of which are known atheists, or other faiths, and they begin to discuss how unreal and outlandish sounding some aspects of Christianity are, and then they turn to you and ask your thoughts, what then is the reply? I would love to say that I would stand up and defend my faith, but to be honest, it is hard especially when they provide good logical arguments. So, what do you do? You go to church, attend Bible Studies with people more knowledgeable than you and you pray. Here is an example of Paul, that he is so confident that no matter whom he debates he has sufficient knowledge to rebuke them. This, this, is the reason you go to church and read studies, to have steadfast knowledge and this is one of the purposes of the gospel: to give knowledge and power to the believer.
Additionally, Paul reveals that the gospel is not just for the Jews, God’s chosen people. The purpose of the gospel of Christ is to provide redemption for all who believe (Romans 1:16, John 3:16). The message of Jesus Christ and his death, burial, resurrection, and transcendence into heaven are the way to bring salvation to those who have no hope. Jesus preached that anyone could be saved provided he walked in after the likeness of Christ and believed on him (John 14:5-17). For we all are slaves to sin and have fallen short of the glory of God and his laws, so we needed deliverance and a way to gain transcendence ourselves (Romans 8:1-11). And that, my friends, is the good news, the glorious gospel! That no matter who you are the lame, the wise, the slow, the agile, the freak, the saint, the rich, the poor, and any one who is on this earth! The gospel empowers believers, because it lets us know that what we do is not in vain and will forever be rewarded. Read with me; Romans 1: 17-20
For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. 18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; 19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. 20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: (KJV)
The drawback written here, is that the gospel makes all accountable for it is revealed throughout all creation, and all of nature. It is impossible to see all that God has made and claim that there is no higher power. One of my closest battle buddies in the Army who struggles with belief himself, cannot deny the presence of a higher power and a will throughout all nature. He even goes as far as to say that there is something that pushes everything to go, and what it is he believes it not. Due to the gospel of Christ, it has been revealed to all that this “will or force” that acts upon all of the world is God and his Holy Spirit that guide and move all things according to His will. God has made it so that ignorance is no longer an excuse for disbelief by the unveiling of His son Jesus Christ. And once the gospel has been preached unto all that are in the world, this ignorance of “I just don’t know” will cease to be valid for anyone. As with the American government, ignorance is no excuse, because the answer is there for as to what the law is, all you have to do is look or ask and it will be shown and revealed to you. In Acts 17:22-25, Paul is in Athens and finds the people worshiping a multitude of idols, images, and gods. He stumbles upon one that says “To the unknown God” and Paul gives them the gospel on who that is. Here in is proof that people are always aware through creation itself that there is a God and that no matter where you are you know God is real. The purpose of the gospel is to address who is God and reveal unto the world who and what God is.
No matter who you are, the Gospel unifies the body of believers. It sets down one way, one message, and one belief for us all. And this is the most important purpose of the Gospel, that we be unified under the Gospel of Christ for it is the one thing that makes us Christians as opposed to any heathenistic ways. For there are an infinite number of false reasoning provided by this world that attempt to answer this question of how the world is the way it is, and none can even come close to providing a stable answer to the question. Now that you are equipped with this knowledge and wisdom, go forth and do what you have been called to do. Go in peace and may God be with you until we meet again.