God’s Power


          “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” (Romans 1:16).

          Our English word “dynamite” comes from the Greek word dynamis which is translated “power” in Romans 1:16. In our physical world, dynamite is often employed as the irresistible force used to eradicate an immovable object.

          Humanly- and spiritually-speaking, sin with its guilt, stain, and horrific consequences is a spiritual cancer which we cannot bring into remission, a taskmaster from which we cannot be liberated, a bankrupting debt which we cannot repay, a black hole from which we cannot escape.

          Sin is humanity’s ultimate immovable and unremovable object. As Paul conclusively proves in Romans, sin is the universal problem (1:18-3:20) which the gospel comprehensively solves (3:21-8:39).

          God’s power to salvation is greater than Satan’s immovable object called sin.

          If you had the cure to all cancer or knew the way to liberate every slave or had access to the wealth by which all spiritual debt is freely paid, would you feel any sense of shame in proclaiming such good news to others?

          Neither did Paul.

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