Today you should read: Romans 1:1-17
The Gospel is never to be left behind…
“Ok Romans, here we come!” Our journey through the book of Romans begins today, and what a passage to begin with!!
The letter begins with Paul’s introduction. Paul, right away, qualifies himself as well as shares his purpose in life (v1). He basically says, “I was set apart, by Jesus, as the last ‘apostle’ to proclaim the message that you are about to hear!”
Paul goes further by proclaiming that “this gospel of God” was the thing that was promised all the way from the Old Testament. He shares that Jesus Christ was the promised, coming Messiah who was fully man and was the Son of God! (v. 2-4)
Paul then writes that his goal as an apostle is to bring about obedience of all people, which begins with the gospel and is for the purpose of…don’t miss this…for the purpose of, Jesus Christ’s glory!!! (v. 5-6).
In verses 8-13 Paul expresses his longing to visit Rome and have ministry among them as well as be encouraged by them.
And lastly in verses 14-17, Paul brings it home. These are powerful words!! Don’t miss this. In verse 14 he says that he is under obligation, by the command of Jesus Christ, to preach the Gospel to the Gentiles! Hey guess what…so are you.
In verses 16-17 (skipping verse 15 for a second) Paul writes some of the most famous words in the Bible. It is a warrior’s battle cry!! He says, “I am not ashamed! I am not scared! I’m not timid in front of my family, friends, or anyone else! I will share the gospel!” But he also shows why he is so eager to do so. It is because the gospel is the power of God to save sinners.
Finally, in verse 15 Paul says, to believers, that he is eager to bring the gospel to them!?!?! Why? They’re believers!!? Why do they need the gospel? Here’s why, because the gospel is what changes lives, not only for salvation, but for the rest of your life as well!! This is so important, and this is where I want to land today.
The gospel is the good news that Christ died for sins. When we accept this truth, we are saved from the penalty of our sin, because Christ took the punishment for us. That is good news indeed!
But, the good news doesn’t stop there. After we are saved we will face temptations (most of the time without knowing it) to believe lies. We will believe that God’s opinion of us is based on what we do, how we act, how we’ve screwed up, how many quiet-times we’ve had, whether we’ve had a good week or not, etc. We base His opinions of us, and His love for us, on ever-changing subjective thoughts, feelings, and actions. We also allow our guilt and shame to cause us to believe lies. And we don’t even know we are doing it! All of a sudden an all-loving, fully-pleased, wrath-satisfied, and faithful God becomes a disappointed, distant, displeased, and impatient God who does nothing but shake his head in disappointment. Can you relate?
Well, here’s the truth. If you have repented of your sinful nature and put your faith in Christ as your Lord and Savior, then the Gospel applies to you. And God’s love for you is only conditional upon ONE THING, and that is Christ’s death on the cross. I know that this seems too good to be true. But you have to force yourself to believe truth. That is why it is such amazing grace! It is the gospel! The good news! And you need the truth of it every day! Never leave it behind! Christ said, “It is finished!” and indeed it is.
That’s why I believe Paul wanted to bring the Gospel to people who were already “saved.” Because the message never ceases to work in our lives and they needed it. Do you need the truth of the gospel today? Believe it.
Posted by: Sam Cirrincione