Romans 1: 16-17, justification by faith, Part 1.
VV 1-17, 16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”
Paul was not ashamed of the gospel because it is the power of God to save lives, first to the Jews and then to the Gentiles. The gospel revealed God’s righteousness and justification is by faith in Jesus Christ. Pail quoted Habakuk 2:4, “Behold the proud, His soul is not upright in him, but the just shall live by his faith”.
1 Cor 1:18, ‘’For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God’’.
Romans 3:21-24, ‘’But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus’’.
Romans 10:9, ‘’if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved’’.
Romans 1:17 was one of the verses that converted Martin Luther from an Augustinian Monk to a protestant reformer in the 15th centrury.
Heavenly Father, thank You for the gospel of Jesus Christ. Thank You for salvation and justification by grace through faith in Christ. We pray for empowerment and boldness to share the gospel with others. In Jesus’ name, Amen.