“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 NASB
The gospel is not just the message of the cross but the cross itself. The actual events that took place on Calvary display the power of God. These events also provide the grounds for grace. And yet it is these events that cause some to be ashamed.
The idea that the Creator of the universe became a man and died a criminal’s death is hard for many to believe. It was a challenge in Paul’s day, too. But the evidence is clear. There is reason to believe and to live by faith.
This verse is one of the most recognized verses in all of the Bible. Yet, there are many who miss what Paul is saying. There is a depth to the gospel that we often miss. In this episode we discuss some of the details that Paul is referencing.
Is there more than one aspect to the gospel? What is the difference between belief and faith? What are the two components of saving faith? Why would Paul be tempted to be ashamed? Is salvation a process? Are there conditions to receiving grace? What is the difference between unmerited and conditional? These and other questions are answered in this episode.
In this episode we spend extended time – almost 2 hours – discussing the implications of this most important verse. Stay tuned, because the next verse offers even more information. Our study of Romans is designed to increase our knowledge of God and thereby increase our faith (Colossians 1:9-12).