The Gospel is the Power of God—Romans 1:16
"I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile" (Romans 1:16)
There is power in the gospel. In fact, the gospel contains the essences of God’s strength, force, and ability. Paul exclaims that the gospel is the full power of God— an incredible statement. The word used for power is dynamis from which we get the English word for dynamite, an explosive and self-contained power.
At the moment of believing, this invitation in Christ—perhaps the greatest miracle of all—takes place
Throughout the New Testament, this very same word dynamis is used everywhere Jesus performed miracles. Amazingly, the same word is used when talking about Jesus’s resurrection from the dead (Rom. 1:4; Eph 1:19-20). It was dynamis power that raised Jesus and seated Him in heaven. In this epic moment, we are talking about an incredible amount of power from God.
Incredibly, this power is available for the salvation of everyone who believes. At the moment of believing, this invitation in Christ—perhaps the greatest miracle of all—takes place. Just as Jesus was raised from the dead by this power, we, too, are released from the control of darkness and immediately raised to belong to the kingdom of Heaven as God’s beloved children.
Paul wrote in Colossians, “For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves” (Col. 1:13). It is truly a miracle and the power of God working in us through the gospel.
Today, if you want to experience this power, this is what you do: “If you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved” (Rom. 10:9-10). Here’s the promise: “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Rom. 10:13).
It is my prayer today that, if you have never made this confession of faith in the Lord Jesus that you will take this step and experience the power of God that is available for your salvation. May God bless you richly today and every day through the power of gospel!
For more on the gospel, please visit: jcblog.net/gospel.
Previous: Romans 1:14-15 Next: Romans 1:17
Original article published May 15, 2009.