Gospel: A Focal Point in the Roman Epistle (5)

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Studying the words euangelion and euangelizo within the book of Romans has been of great value based on three primary areas of rationale. The first is that God’s disposition is now more fully appreciated. The Lord took special care to ensure the very best for His creation. His own endurance against the earlier rejection of His prophets, the rejection of His power, and the rejection of His Son should give every person assurance that His gospel message will demonstrate the same patience towards all today. The portrait of the gospel pictures a quality love, owned by the Creator, exhibited for all time.

Secondly, the study was valuable because it stressed the importance of man’s responsibility in the procedure of sharing the gospel. Paul very precisely demands the best from God’s children in action, in mind, and in heart as they prepare to preach the gospel. Drawing from the powerful thought that the Lord gave His best, the gospel message deserves the best from those who distribute it.  Messengers should preach the good news boldly and fully. Every messenger should never keep the good news from anyone, nor speculate who will or will not accept it.

Finally, the study was most valuable because it broadened the objective of the good news to more than just spiritual salvation. Though the gospel serves the very important purpose of providing salvation, the concept is often taken for granted. The study served as a reminder that God’s purposes extend beyond keeping somebody from death, but that He desires that all will know His happiness and His righteousness even while they live. He not only wants to help people live, but wants them to thrive. He wants people to exercise the freedom of choice and yet know completely why His judgments are what they are.

After examining the usage of euangelion and euangelizo in the book of Romans, Christians can have a better understanding Paul’s deeper message from Romans. Two major reasons Paul wrote the book of Romans was to inform his audience that no one is righteous without God, as well as to say why all sinners need His grace and mercy.  The deeper message from Romans branches from Paul’s concern for each person to become completely aware of the role of the gospel in his or her life. He wants all people to know that the gospel is the source of salvation for all men (Jew and Gentile). He wants all people to know that the true worth of the gospel lies in its power to fuse the created with the Creator (1:16). His words echo the same urgency of the Lord’s portrait, purpose, and procedure of the gospel which He authorized in Matthew 28:18-20. Both are calling all Christians to proclaim the glad tidings of good things to every nation.

After absorbing the full portrait, procedure, and purpose of the gospel, Christians should be better enabled to apply the good news message to their lives. They should better understand that His perfect plan to save humanity was the one determined long ago, and that the same message is being communicated today. Since God communicates with His creation, Christians should know that He desires to be a relational Creator, and the only way for them to know what He says is to read His gospel. The insurmountable value of the gospel is not held within the fact that it is spoken, but in the fact that there is an audience. Christians should be more convicted just as much about their being among the audience as they are about their being the messengers. They should better hold themselves accountable for their attributes, attitude, manner of preaching, and knowing why they speak what they speak. Christians should be more excited for what the gospel communicates as it truly is “the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16).

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