Wednesday Word 4.24.2018
Romans 1:16-17 New International Version
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. 17 For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”
Words, words, words. Between the workplace, the television, the internet and the relationships we hold dear, we are inundated with words. Advertising has insidious motives, seeking to lure us into choosing their product of choice. Many politicians want us to believe that their opponents are crooked as a dog’s leg. Our children try to convince us they didn’t do it. All these words and so many more swirl around us every day. For some people, that is all the gospel is, just a bunch of words.
These thoughts I record are no different. Just words. What makes the words found in the Bible different? There is a power in those words unlike any other. We can see the impact they have had. For thousands of years, especially the last two thousand, lives have been changed. As Paul points out, the “righteousness of God is revealed” in the words of the gospel. That revelation is designed just for you. It is designed for faith. God has no need to prove anything. He doesn’t need to convince us to buy his product. Scriptures will reveal him to us. It is by having faith in the message of these sacred words that we can see his righteousness. It is through faith that God‘s powerful salvation comes through to us. He doesn’t have to. He is the power. He is the salvation. We must have faith…something to pray about.
Your sister in Christ, Vicki