When you explain the Gospel today, do you bring up the word justification? Do you bring up the word righteousness?
V16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.
V17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written,"The just shall live by faith."
It is THE power of God to salvation.
Salvation here means your well-being. Salvation is also the word health, wholeness, soundness, peace and prosperity.
God named his Son salvation. In the Hebrew word for salvation is Yeshuwah.
What is the power of God to salvation? It's not praying long hours, it's not fasting. It's the Gospel.
The Gospel is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes..
Make sure you have the right Gospel. These things are serious. We've got to fight for the Gospel, not with weapons, our warfare is spiritual. It is in the minds and the thinking of people. When you think wrong, when you believe wrong, you live wrong.
When you believe right, you live right.
Today what is being preached is you have to live right, live right, live right. But that's doesn't cause people to live right.
It is changing their minds, which is the word repentance that causes people to live right. When they change their minds, they will live right.
In verse 17 it says in it the righteousness of God is revealed. What is the "it"? It is the righteousness of God being revealed to the people. Not the sinfulness of man. It's implied man is sinful, that's why we need the righteousness of God.
But this righteousness is from faith to faith to faith. It's not that by the grace of God we begin in faith and then go on in our performance. No it's from faith to faith to faith all the way, until we see Jesus' face. And holiness is a byproduct of this.
We have lost the Gospel today. Where are the young men and women preaching justification by faith? That's what the gospel is all about. It's not telling the world you have to stop this or don't do that. If you're messed up as an unbeliever you're not messed up because you're not doing something right. You're messed up because the world is messed up.
Because of the sin in the garden of Eden by Adam and Eve.
It's silly to complain about a drunk person acting drunk. You're wasting your breath. Bring the solution into his life.
Drunk people act drunk. Sinners sin. What a revelation! Why are we shocked?
Believers believe. So is it a misnomer to have an unbelieving believer? But there are unbelieving believers. Don't forget your normal habitat is faith, belief.
And this belief is what? You know we believe God for healing, for finances to pay bills, for our children to be blessed, for our families to be blessed. We believe God for so many things our faith can be dissipated.
But God says seek first, His kingdom and His righteousness, not your righteousness, and all these things will be
added to you. Use your faith every day to believe you are righteous by faith.
That's what's missing in Christianity today.
Will the real gospel please stand up!