In Romans 1, Paul identifies himself as a “bondservant of Jesus Christ” – called to be an apostle – separated to the “Gospel of God”.
This is part of Paul’s introduction, as he is writing a letter to:
- “all who are in Rome”
- “beloved of God”
- “called to be saints”
In Vs. 8 he mentions, “the Gospel of the Son.”
- He mentions the diversity of the audience he is indebted to:
· Jew & Gentile
· Greek & Barbarian
· Wise & Unwise
He goes on to say, “this qualifies me to preach the Gospel to all of you who are in Rome as well.”
Then he takes us into the famous passage that many of us know:
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.”
Gospel, by definition means, "good news."
But what's so good about it, and how does the good news differ from good advice?
What’s to be done with this “Gospel message” after we’ve received it?