Are You Ashamed of the Word?
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Delivered By
Pastor Ed Dinkins
Delivered On
March 22, 2015
Central Passage
Romans 1:14-17
Fourth Sunday Service

Commentary Excerpt - Commentary Data Source:

"God's Power" by Dr. Jack Arnold

"Paul expected fruit because he knew that when he faithfully proclaimed the gospel some would respond to Jesus Christ. He knew the power to convert men was in the gospel and not in him.

What is the gospel? The gospel is good news; it is concerned with the fact that Christ died for the sins of men, was buried, and rose again on the third day to declare those men righteous: “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; by which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures” (1 Cor. 15:1-4). All who will believe this and trust their salvation only to Christ will be saved, for the gospel is God’s power unto salvation. The gospel story is all about man’s complete ruin in sin and God’s perfect remedy in Christ.

What is salvation? Salvation means “safety” and indicates that a man is set free from the guilt and penalty of sin, that he no longer stands under the wrath of God. No one can become a Christian until he sees that he has a need for a Saviour. A person must see himself as a sinner, estranged from God, spiritually dead, without hope, without strength, and incapable of doing anything to gain merit before God. A person must realize that without Christ he is lost and headed for eternal judgment. Once a person realizes that he is a sinner, then and only then will he flee to the Saviour who alone can forgive sin. The simplest formula for Christianity is: I deserve hell; Jesus Christ took my hell; there is nothing for me but his heaven.”

“To everyone.” The gospel is for everyone; the offer is unlimited. It is for the whole human race. Anyone who desires to be a Christian may be one. “That believeth.” While the gospel is offered to all, the reality of salvation belongs only to those who believe. Here “believe” means “trust or entrust oneself to Christ as one’s only hope of salvation.” It is committing or abandoning oneself to Christ alone as the way of salvation. This is not just mental assent, but commitment to Christ! One believes that Christ died for his sins, bore his punishment, and rose again on the third day for his justification. “To the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” Here Paul expressed the historical presentation of the gospel as it went first to the Jews and then to the Gentiles. This does not mean that the Jew is always to have the gospel presented to him before it goes to others; it is precedence, not preference!

“For therein is the (a) righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith.” The gospel tells sinful men of a righteousness that God gives men when they believe on Christ and that makes them acceptable to him. God’s wrath must come down upon all men, for all are sinners, without any personal righteousness that will make them acceptable to God. But through the death of Christ, God can give a person righteousness which makes him right before God. This righteousness is neither felt nor experienced but becomes the possession of every person who places his faith in Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Saviour! This righteousness is “out of faith into faith,” that is, by faith from start to finish.

“The just shall live by faith.” Salvation is by faith and not by works. A person can be declared righteous before God only by faith — not by good works, not by baptism, not by church membership. Only Jesus Christ can offer the forgiveness of sins and credit to one’s account a righteousness that will give a perfect standing before almighty God. Those who have been declared righteous are to continue to walk by faith. "

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