For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. ~ Romans 1:16-17
Christians must not be ashamed of the Gospel of Christ. Indeed, the Gospel of Christ is endued with God’s power to effect salvation in all who believe. This salvation is offered to people of every nation. Furthermore, the Gospel of Christ reveals the righteousness of God. That is to say His righteousness is exchanged for man’s sin to impart salvation. However, not all people will discover and therefore benefit from God’s imputed righteousness. This righteousness is only revealed to a select group of people: it is revealed by faith in the Gospel to those with faith in the Gospel. The result of faith in the Gospel of Christ is eternal life.
Fallen Condition Focus: We are afraid to live the gospel of Christ
Proposition: Because Christ is your Savior, you must be bold in living the Gospel.
- Because the gospel is the power of God, you must be bold in living the Gospel. (16b)
- Because the gospel is for all nations, you must be bold in living the Gospel. (v. 16c)
- Because God imputes righteousness, you must be bold in living the Gospel (vv. 17)