The Power of the Gospel

The Power of the Gospel

Romans 1:16  'For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone who believes..'

By saying he was not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, Paul was stating that he knew this gospel was good news - and it was the truth.  In a world of knowledge explosion and unprecedented scientific discovery and progress, there are many 'gospels' that one could turn to when looking for answers to life's questions and problems.  But there is only one gospel that holds the solution to spiritual necessities, both for life here and for eternity - the gospel of Christ.  This gospel is briefly described in 1 Corinthians 15:3,4  'Christ died for our sins.. was buried,  and rose again the third day.'  Because of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, there is hope for every person to be saved from a life of sin and condemnation, to a life of deliverance from sin, and a position of righteousness before God.  Only the gospel of Christ has the power of God to offer salvation to any and all who will come to Him in faith.  Many turn to humanistic philosophies, education, new age doctrines or other forms of self help practices that may offer some temporary assistance, but can never address one's spiritual needs.  Only God, through the power of the gospel can do that.

Central to the gospel is the message of the cross, and the shed blood of Jesus Christ.  While the cross is an offense and 'foolishness to them that perish, it is the power of God to those who are saved.' (1 Corinthians 1:18)  To quote one preacher - 'only the gospel can make a foolish man wise, a sinful man holy and a miserable man joyful.'  But even greater still, through the power of the gospel one is restored to a right relationship with God that will last through the countless ages of eternity.

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