Summary: How is our faith in Christ Jesus? Have we let our faith be spoken to the whole world? Are we living like a 1st century believer of Rome?
Let Your Faith be Proclaimed to the World
“First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.” Romans 1:8 Apostle Paul says to the church in Rome.
Now Paul states this to the church of Rome that your faith is being proclaimed throughout the whole world. After the resurrection of Jesus, the first and second century people were antagonistic towards the faith of the resurrection. However, Paul, still tells this church in Rome, your faith is being proclaimed throughout the whole world. The faith that the promised Messiah was raised from the dead and ascended to be seated at the right hand of the Father. Although the gospel was heavily rejected during the 1st century, the Apostle Paul sees and appreciates their dramatically improved faith in Jesus Christ as a church of Rome in the 1st century. So, He says your faith is being proclaimed throughout the whole world.
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ! Let us ask this question to ourselves: How is our faith in Christ Jesus? Have we let our faith be spoken to the whole world? Are we living like a 1st century believer of Rome? Just like 1st century churches, we as a church in the 21st century must believe and be faithful in Jesus Christ. Even in a society that is antagonistic towards the faith of God, we must strive to proclaim the gospel throughout the whole world. Everyone was talking about faith, the gospel of God, power, and a savior who was risen from the dead. Amen. What happened to us as a church in our society and in our culture? The 1st century churches grew in the most persecuted parts of the world. Here, today in America, we do not even hear about the idea of persecution of the churches, and yet we fear proclaiming the word of God.
We must show and proclaim our faith through keeping God’s Word even when it hurts, through being honest with our dealing, through practicing morality with both our bodies and minds, and through admitting mistakes and doing what is necessary for redemption. In order to expand the kingdom of God. This is one of the greatest Commandments the Lord gave to us as His disciples.
Romans 1:1 starts with “Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, who was called to be an apostle and set apart for the good news of God.” The Bible calls it the gospel. The Bible calls it the gospel of the kingdom, but, in this text, Paul says it's God's good news. It's good news from the Creator. Proclaiming this good news is not a suggestion. It's God, the creator of all things, who sustains you right now. He holds your breath in His hands. That last breath that you took was given from Him. He sustains us through His glory and goodness and love. This is His good news He wants all His children to hear.
Now, Paul says in Romans 1:2-4 “which He promised before through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures, concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who [a]was born of the seed of David according to the flesh, and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.”
Jesus Christ is our Lord. He came down to the world as a humble man and died on the cross for our sins. He gave us salvation, eternal life, and freedom from death and sin. He called us to be His children and live with Him in holy eternity. Paul says, “Jesus Christ our Lord through whom we have received Grace”. Therefore, we must understand how Paul's vision was and how our vision has not been. Ephesians 2:8 states “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; It is the gift of God.” Dear church, apostleship is to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of His name. Not for the sake of ourselves, but for the glory of God. The Lord calls us to spread this gift among all the nations. For all the nations, including you, were called to belong to Jesus Christ. We need to understand this. We talked about the good news amongst ourselves, but the good news is not a suggestion to the world. The good news is not good advice. The good news is not Jesus asking you to give him a chance or just to try Him. The Apostle Paul says that he's called with this gospel to bring about the obedience of faith among all the nations. We are also called to bring about the obedience of faith among all the nations. Because the gospel is a gift from God, not something dropped into history as a novelty.