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Romans 1:16-17 – Not Ashamed of the Gospel

Summary

The gospel proclaimed is the power of God for salvation.

Analysis

These two verses are often considered a brief summary of what is to come in the rest of the letter. Paul considers the gospel (meaning "good news") to be a power (dynamis in Greek, from which such English words as "dynamic" and "dynamite" are derived). The gospel is not, then, simply information, but the good news that humanity has been set free from condemnation in the last judgment because of God's redeeming work in the death and resurrection of Christ. To hear such news is itself an event of being set free. The "righteousness of God" (God's saving power) is revealed in the gospel concerning Jesus Christ. As anyone grasps the good news, there is salvation; the person "shall live," as Paul puts it.

Romans 1:16-17

The Power of the Gospel

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel; it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who has faith, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17For in it the righteousness of God is revealed through faith for faith; as it is written, ‘The one who is righteous will live by faith.’*

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