Romans 1:16 – 2:12
● Vs 16: Paul declares, “I am not ashamed of the Gospel…”
● The cross of Jesus Christ and the Gospel were considered by many outsiders to be foolishness. The Gospel was considered a crutch, superstitious, a fairy tale or just plain idiotic.
● People who followed the cross were thus considered fools as well.
● The word Gospel is derived from the Greek word Euaggeleion (Yoo-ang-ghel-ee-on) which means good tidings or good news. These are the glad tidings of the kingdom of God that is at hand and still to come and it is also the good news of Jesus the Messiah dying for our sins and resurrecting for our justification. The Central theme of the Gospel is salvation is available to all who believe because of the work of Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary. This work is…
● “To the Jew first and also to the Greek” – Salvation (through the Gospel) is for everyone (Jews and Greeks) however this verse means the Gospel was first given to the Jews originally and eventually was made available to Gentiles.
The Gospel and the Righteousness of God
Vs 17: Not only does the Gospel show the power of God unto salvation but also in this Gospel the righteousness of God is revealed.
● Righteousness – This is an attribute which means all that is right. The Gospel brings light to or uncovers the faithfulness, goodness, kindness, grace, mercy justice and proper(ness) of God. There is no wrong, evil or injustice in Him.
● God’s righteousness is unveiled from faith for faith.
● We are made right with God by the Gospel thus we live by faith/allegiance.
● The word live means made alive or to enjoy life. We are made alive, and we enjoy life through faith & obedience.
God’s Righteous Wrath
● There are three specific things (in this passage) that make God angry. These three sins are a succession of attitudes that lead to eventual godlessness, full blown sin, and complete condemnation.
● The following three acts of sin can serve as warnings to believers and give us insight into why some never come to faith in Christ.
 Moo, Douglas: The Epistle to the Romans. Grand Rapids, MI/Cambridge UK: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1996, p. 67
Jeff has been in full-time ministry for thirty years. He currently serves as Executive Director at Anchor House Ministry at SeaPort Manatee in Palmetto, FL and he is a part-time Campus Pastor at West Bradenton Southside in Bradenton, Florida.
Jeff Has authored A Lent Devotional (A Spiritual Journey to Lent) an Advent Devotional (The Advent of Jesus) and a devotional on the book of James (James: Where Faith and Life Meet). All three are available on Amazon.
He is married to Carrie and they have four children, Micaiah, Gabe, Simon, and Berea.
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