July 11, 2021
Romans 1: 8-17
The word gospel means good story, good news, or good telling. It’s the good message concerning Jesus Christ. In life, there are many things that can and will influence one’s behavior and actions, bad or good. In our lesson Paul teaches the significance of the power and influence of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Paul is called to preach good news to the Gentile nation. It is here he writes a to the Christian church at Rome. In the discourse, he expresses his desire to come to Rome, that he may proclaim good news and its power unto salvation.
1 PAUL’S PRAYER AND REQUEST (Romans 1:8-13)
We find here that Paul expresses thankfulness to God for the church and their faithfulness. He is highly impressed with their prayer life and their dedication and concern for each other. His primary request was that he would travel to Rome to be with those of the church, proclaiming the gospel. He had often made plans to go to Rome but his plans fell through. His request was to visit the city imparting the gift of the spirit. He desired a mutual blessing.
2 PAU’S THEME (vv. 14-17)
Paul was well aware that his mission was to preach good news regardless of ethnicity or beliefs, that Jesus died for not only him, but for all. The gospel of Christ was Paul’s crown and glory. He was honored to preach the gospel. His confidence and ability was in the power of the holy spirit and the message of salvation to all who would believe. Paul is famous for saying, “I’m not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ for it is the power of God unto salvation. It is because of its righteousness of God revealed that restores believers to a right relationship with God,
I can’t think of anything or anybody more powerful than the gospel of Jesus Christ. It’s good to be rich, not to want for anything, yet being rich cannot compare to the power of the gospel. People in high position can and will have influence, good and bad, nonetheless, their power is limited in comparison to the power of the gospel. One’s education status and political and social positon has it proper place in any given society, however, it’s power cannot over power the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Craziness, craftiness, collusion and capital condemnation will never over power the power the gospel of Jesus Christ. There is nothing and no one more powerful than the power of the good news of our Lord and savior, Jesus Christ.
Rev. Johnny H. Eskridge