Summary: Paul opens his letter to the Romans reminding them of the Promise of God! As Paul states "the gospel . . . is the power of God unto salvation" and it is also the central theme of Romans.
The Gospel of God (Part 2)
People for two thousand years have been refuting and overthrowing this book, and yet it stands today as solid as a rock. Its circulation increases, and it is more loved and cherished and read today than ever before. People make about as much impression on this book as a man with a tack hammer would on the Great Pyramids of Egypt. When a French ruler proposed the persecution of Christians in his realm an old warrior said, “Sire, the Church of God is an anvil that has worn out many hammers.” The hammers of unbelievers have been pecking away at this book for ages, but the hammers are worn out, and the anvil still remains. If this book had not been the book of God, men would have destroyed it long ago. Emperors and kings and princes, scholars and intellectuals, have all tried their hand at it; they all die and the book still lives.
I. 1:1–6 Paul tells us about the Gospel of God.
A. The gospel was promised beforehand. (vs. 2)
B. The gospel was declared with power. (vs. 3–4)
C. Through the gospel we received grace and apostleship. (vs. 5)
I. The gospel is the Power of Salvation. vs. 16
A. It is the Power of God. 1 Cor. 1:17–18 “For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not with words of human wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power. For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”
B. The gospel is the only way of salvation. 1 Cor. 15:1–2 “Now brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.”
II. The Gospel reveals his Righteousness. vs. 17a
A. God’s righteousness is revealed in the gospel.
B. It is a righteousness from God. Phil. 3:7–11 "But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith. I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.”
C. It is a righteousness God bestows on men of faith. Rom. 3:21–24 “But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”