16For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes,to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17For in it [the] righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith;as it is written, "BUT THE RIGHTEOUS [man] SHALL LIVE BY FAITH.”

  • I am not ashamed of the Gospel
    • he suffered so much
    • he left his culture and all he held dear
    • the world HATES the Gospel - the Jews Hate the Gospel
    • 1 Cor 1:22-25 "22For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, 23but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, 24but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men."
      • to the Greek - foolishness - a CRUCIFIED GOD?????
      • to the Jew - a stumbling block - they have to give up their self-righteousness to gain God - like they tried to use a ladder to reach the first floor
  • For it is the power of God
    • The Gospel the good news IS the power of God!
    • It has everything in it to accomplish all God wants it to accomplish - this seemingly simple thing “Good News” CHANGES EVERYTHING
      • "mighty to the pulling down of strongholds," 2 Corinthians 10:4-5.
      •  Jeremiah 23:29, "Is not my word like as a fire? saith the Lord; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?”
      • Hebrews 4:12 "For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”
      • The gospel is certainly news, but it is more than information; it has an inherent power. "The gospel is not advice to people, suggesting that they lift themselves. It is power. It lifts them up. Paul does not say that the gospel brings power, but that it is power, and God's power at that." (Morris)
      • It does not teach us how to live - it empowers us to live the way we were created to live
    • In THIS NEWS lies the power to defeat sin.  
      • to find forgivness
      • to live completely FREE
  • For SALVATION
    • to be SAVED - saved from ourselves (not to SAVE OURSELVES) But to be saved - rescued - from the death that is at work in us destroying us stealing us from our creator and all the destiny he has for us.
    • We are saved UNTO eternal life - always getting better for ever and ever life
  • To everyone who believes
    • this is how we access and experience this power - belief
    • this is the ONLY WAY - faith  - we cannot earn the power of God for salvation - we must believe in what Jesus did.

Unbelief and Its Consequences

18For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,

 

  • The “wrath” of God - Do NOT forget who God is!
    • HIs wrath is not unloving - it is BORN of His love
    • His wrath is not unthinking or unhinged - God cannot “lose control” of himself
    • This is God’s righteous anger toward all that would steal his loved ones from Him
  • He is acting in opposition to unrighteousness that has manifest as suppression of the truth

 

 19because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. 

 

  • That which is known about God EVIDENT (manifest, visible) WITHIN THEM
    • Every human being knows about God - more in vs 20
    • “within them” something about our the stamp of God’s own nature upon the human race
  • God MADE it evident to them - God is a God who REVEALS Himself
    • The Naked God

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