Rom 1:16 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.
This gospel, something for which the writer of Romans, the Apostle Paul was willing to suffer shipwreck, stoning, persecution, and flogging, is a message for which thousands have died, and millions have lived. It isn’t just some kind of cultic hidden belief that is revealed to a select few, it is powerful!
What makes the gospel great? Well, the fact that it bridges the chasm between us and God, made by our sins, and formerly uncrossable. We could never have made it to God through our own efforts.
Eph 2:1-3 And you were dead in the trespasses and sins
in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience–
among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.
Rom 1:18-25 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.
For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them.
For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.
For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.
Claiming to be wise, they became fools,
and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.
Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves,
because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever!
Thank God we weren’t left to die in our selfish wallowings! We aren’t allowed to go on chasing false baits and candies that lead us to hell! We have been made aware of our heinous sins against a holy God and have been given a path to salvation and eternal life with Christ in a new perfect world, where there will be no more sin and death! All through the blood of Christ, at whose name EVERY KNEE WILL BOW!