The Gospel of Jesus
I. The Nature of God Revealed
A. Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures, concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord, through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations, including you who are called to belong to Jesus Christ, (Rom 1:1-6) 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. (Rom 1:16)
B. Paul, writing to the church located in the heart of the beast system of Rome, reminds the reader and maybe informs the reader a little concerning this message of the Gospel of God. The word Gospel simply means “Good News”. This Good News was promised through the prophetic scriptures before it ever happened. Those promises are fulfilled in Jesus Christ, the Son. His identity was declared in power in the fact that He rose from the dead! His teachings, parables, and sayings are empowered by the fact that He is God in the Flesh (John 1:14) and thus demands our attention and obedience.
C. 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. (Rom 1:20)
D. God’s nature, character, power, and attributes have been clearly demonstrated in creation and the things that have been made, so that anyone who refuses Him is without excuse before God.
E. Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? (Rom 2:4) Paul reminds us a part of the divine nature is kindness, forbearance, and patience and that these qualities are meant to lead us to repentance.
II. The Righteousness of God Revealed
A. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.” (Rom 1:17)
B. dikaiosunē (Righteousness)
1) in a broad sense: state of him who is as he ought to be, righteousness, the condition acceptable to God
1a) the doctrine concerning the way in which man may attain a state approved of God
1b) integrity, virtue, purity of life, rightness, correctness of thinking feeling, and acting
2) in a narrower sense, justice or the virtue which gives each his due
C. In the Gospel we understand the state of God, state of man, state of creation, state of the devil, state of the world, and the state of the redeemed. We know God is righteous(Hebrews 1:8), we know man is fallen in sin(Romans 3:10-23), we know creation has been subjected to futility(Romans 8:19-22), we know the devil is active and condemned(I Peter 5:8, Matthew 25:41), we know this present system of the world is temporary and will pass away(Revelation 19:1-3), and the redeemed will reign with Christ in the fulness of His Kingdom(Revelation 20:4).
D. In the Gospel we understand that righteousness with God is not obtained by the works of our own hands, but trusting the Work God accomplished through Jesus on the cross whereby He declared “It is Finished”.
III. The Wrath of God Revealed
A. For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. (Rom 1:18)
B. In times past God has revealed His wrath against ungodliness and unrighteousness i.e. The Flood, Sodom and Gomorrah, Egypt, children of Israel in Wilderness, inhabitants of Canaan, 10 Northern Tribes (Israel), Nineveh, 2 Southern Tribes (Judah), Babylon…etc. The endemic and systemic problem for all was their sin. Righteous God cannot allow Unrighteousness since it is altogether NOT RIGHT, NOR LIKE HIM.
C. We need to be reminded that God has satisfied His wrath through only One act of Righteousness and if we do not hide ourselves in that One we are doomed to face the wrath of God towards ungodliness and unrighteousness which the Scripture ultimately calls the Lake of Fire.
IV. The Love of God Revealed
A. Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person–though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die– but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Rom 5:1-8) “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (Joh 3:16) The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. (2Pe 3:9)
B. The Cross and Suffering of Christ is the manifestation of God’s Love for fallen humanity. He provided a way to be made righteous and reconciled to Himself and it is through the shed blood of Jesus on the Cross.
C. For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power. For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. (1Co 1:17-18)
V. The Life of God Revealed
A. But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Rom 6:22-23)
B. Eternal life is not just everlasting life, but it is quality of life that God is. You and I were dead in our trepasses and sins, but when we place our faith in Jesus and what He accomplished for us, we receive forgiveness of our sin and new life. The Gospel of John calls this the “New Birth”. It is receiving Life from Above.
C. In addition to experiencing new life here on earth, we have assurance that forever we will live wherever He is!