“First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed throughout the world. For God, whom I serve with my spirit by announcing the gospel of his Son, is my witness that without ceasing I remember you always in my prayers, asking that by God’s will I may somehow at last succeed in coming to you. For I am longing to see you so that I may share with you some spiritual gift to strengthen you— or rather so that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine. I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that I have often intended to come to you (but thus far have been prevented), in order that I may reap some harvest among you as I have among the rest of the Gentiles. I am a debtor both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish —hence my eagerness to proclaim the gospel to you also who are in Rome.
The Power of the Gospel
For I am not ashamed of the gospel; it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who has faith, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed through faith for faith; as it is written, “The one who is righteous will live by faith.” (NRSV)
The “gospel” is shorthand for the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. According to Paul, accepting Jesus as Lord is “the power of God for salvation.” One who follows Jesus reveals “the righteousness of God,” presumably because they model the same faith in God that Jesus exhibited. Their faith inspires the faith (and righteousness) in others. It is the way they live that makes the most powerful witness. Our words can betray us by not aligning with how we actually live, but the way we live pretty much tells all.
Be a blessing to someone today!