Wednesday – The Power of God for Salvation
By David Dickmann
“For 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.” Romans 1:16
Do you feel the weight of your sin? Do you recognize that God is a holy God who passes judgment on all that you’ve done, said or thought? Do you recognize you have violated God’s righteous ordinances many times? Do you recognize that your deeds, words, and thoughts merit God’s wrath? Who can save us from this holy wrath of God? We need help, and we need it in the worst way!
As we come to the letter to the Romans, these are questions with which we are faced. These are the questions with which the Apostle Paul was faced. And the answer to these questions is the subject of this letter.
In Chapters 1 through 3, Paul makes the case that all are guilty before God. From those who flaunt their sins of irreverence and unrighteousness to those who sit in judgment on the “blatant sinner” yet do the same things themselves. All are under God’s wrath. Paul was under God’s wrath. I am under God’s wrath. You are under God’s wrath. “There is none righteous, not even one.” (Romans 3:10)
Can I go to the ten commandments and get hope? No, they convict me of my violations against God’s Law. Can I claim parentage, heritage, ethnicity, or earthly citizenship? Can I claim that “I’m not too bad?” Can I claim ignorance? Can I claim that “I’m religious?” None of these will suffice, “There is none righteous, not even one.” What hope is there for me?
Paul writes, “For 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. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, ‘The righteous shall live by faith.’” The Gospel, the Good News of Jesus Christ, is the message which gives the answer to my cry for salvation.
The Son of God came to Earth as the man Jesus. He came to make an offering to God for sin, that all who believe may have forgiveness. He willingly gave Himself to death, to pay the penalty for my sin.
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith.” (Romans 3:23-25)
A payment for sin to satisfy God’s righteous anger; offered as a gift from God through Jesus Christ. In Him, I am no longer under God’s wrath Turn to Him, believe, receive the gift. This is the power of salvation!
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