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Romans 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." (NASB)

"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek." (KJV)

"For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile." (NLT)

This is probably one of the most profound verses in Scripture.  The nugget that first strikes me here is the use of the phrase "I am not ashamed."  Paul could have said he was "proud."  But then when the English language would come along we could have a wrong notion.  In our language there are two kinds of proud.  There is the pride that is the opposite of being ashamed.  Then there is the pride that is the opposite of humility.

The second nugget is that, "It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes...".  It is NOT the power of Bob IN ANY WAY.  For then salvation wold be Dependant upon the created.  The word for power being dunamis G1411 from which we get words like dynamic, dynamo, and dynamite.  Perhaps we can find all of these concepts.  I not sin destroyed (dynamite)?  Is not a new life created (dynamo)?  Is not this new life ongoing (dynamic)?

"THROUGH false emphasis by many religious leaders, Christianity has become in the estimation of a large part of the public no more than an ethical system.  The revealed fact, however, is that the supreme feature of the Christian faith is that supernatural, saving, transforming work of God, which is made possible through the infinite sacrifice of Christ and which, in sovereign grace, is freely bestowed on all who believe.  God has given instruction to those who are saved, it is true, as to the manner of life which is consistent with their new heavenly calling, and standing in Christ; but in its spiritual blindness, the world, led by its blind leaders, sees in Christianity only the rule of life which is secondary.  The blindness of the world at this point, with the consequent neglect of all that is vital in the Christian faith, is both anticipated and explained in the Word of God." Lewis Sperry Chafer - Grace

"The salvation of our souls is set forth in scripture as a thing of difficulty that requires all our diligence, that is to be worked out with fear and trembling.  We are told that 'strait is the gate, and narrow is the way that leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it,' that 'many are called, but few are chosen.'  And that many will miss of their salvation who seem to have taken some pains to obtain it.  As in these words, 'Strive to enter in at the strait gate, for many I say unto you will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.'  Here our blessed Lord commands us to strive to enter in because many will fail who only seek to enter.   By which we are plainly taught that religion is a state of labor and striving, and that many will fail of their salvation, not because they took no pains or care about it, but because they did not take pains and care enough; they only sought, but did not strive to enter in."  A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life - William Law

"If we ask the reason why those who have indeed accepted the Saviour, and been made partakers of the renewing of the Holy Ghost, thus come short of the full salvation prepared for them, I am sure the answer will in very many cases be, that ignorance is the cause of the unbelief that fails of the inheritance.  If, in our orthodox Churches, the abiding in Christ, the living union with Him, the experience of His daily and hourly presence and keeping, were preached with the same distinctness and urgency as His atonement and pardon through His blood, I am confident that many would be found to accept with gladness the invitation to such a life, and that its influence would be manifest in their experience of the purity and the power, the love and the joy, the fruit-bearing, and all the blessedness which the Saviour connected with the abiding in Him."  Abide in Christ - Andrew Murray

Romans 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." (NASB)

"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek." (KJV)

"For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile." (NLT)

This is probably one of the most profound verses in Scripture.  The nugget that first strikes me here is the use of the phrase "I am not ashamed."  Paul could have said he was "proud."  But then when the English language would come along we could have a wrong notion.  In our language there are two kinds of proud.  There is the pride that is the opposite of being ashamed.  Then there is the pride that is the opposite of humility.

The second nugget is that, "It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes...".  It is NOT the power of Bob IN ANY WAY.  For then salvation wold be Dependant upon the created.  The word for power being dunamis G1411 from which we get words like dynamic, dynamo, and dynamite.  Perhaps we can find all of these concepts.  I not sin destroyed (dynamite)?  Is not a new life created (dynamo)?  Is not this new life ongoing (dynamic)?

"THROUGH false emphasis by many religious leaders, Christianity has become in the estimation of a large part of the public no more than an ethical system.  The revealed fact, however, is that the supreme feature of the Christian faith is that supernatural, saving, transforming work of God, which is made possible through the infinite sacrifice of Christ and which, in sovereign grace, is freely bestowed on all who believe.  God has given instruction to those who are saved, it is true, as to the manner of life which is consistent with their new heavenly calling, and standing in Christ; but in its spiritual blindness, the world, led by its blind leaders, sees in Christianity only the rule of life which is secondary.  The blindness of the world at this point, with the consequent neglect of all that is vital in the Christian faith, is both anticipated and explained in the Word of God." Lewis Sperry Chafer - Grace

"The salvation of our souls is set forth in scripture as a thing of difficulty that requires all our diligence, that is to be worked out with fear and trembling.  We are told that 'strait is the gate, and narrow is the way that leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it,' that 'many are called, but few are chosen.'  And that many will miss of their salvation who seem to have taken some pains to obtain it.  As in these words, 'Strive to enter in at the strait gate, for many I say unto you will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.'  Here our blessed Lord commands us to strive to enter in because many will fail who only seek to enter.   By which we are plainly taught that religion is a state of labor and striving, and that many will fail of their salvation, not because they took no pains or care about it, but because they did not take pains and care enough; they only sought, but did not strive to enter in."  A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life - William Law

"If we ask the reason why those who have indeed accepted the Saviour, and been made partakers of the renewing of the Holy Ghost, thus come short of the full salvation prepared for them, I am sure the answer will in very many cases be, that ignorance is the cause of the unbelief that fails of the inheritance.  If, in our orthodox Churches, the abiding in Christ, the living union with Him, the experience of His daily and hourly presence and keeping, were preached with the same distinctness and urgency as His atonement and pardon through His blood, I am confident that many would be found to accept with gladness the invitation to such a life, and that its influence would be manifest in their experience of the purity and the power, the love and the joy, the fruit-bearing, and all the blessedness which the Saviour connected with the abiding in Him."  Abide in Christ - Andrew Murray



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