10 Aspects of the Gospel According to Romans 1:1-5, 16

Update: Make that 11…

Romans 1:1-5: Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel… The Gospel is…
…the gospel… good news, not good advice, which is at the heart of what the word itself means.
…of God… from God, because it is a message about what God has done for us.
…which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures… biblical, because it was promised in the Old Testament.
…concerning his Son Christ-Centered, because it is about who Jesus is and what he’s done.
…who was descended from David according to the flesh… historical, because it is about a real human who really lived, died, and rose again in history.
… and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord… cosmic, because, according to the promises, when the Davidic Son and Lord arrives and the resurrection happens, it is a signal of the renewal of all creation (note: updated).
…through whom we have received grace… gracious, because it’s about a salvation already accomplished for us, not a salvation to be accomplished by us.
…and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith… transformative, because a life of obedience flows from believing it.
1:16: For I am not ashamed of the gospel… The Gospel is…
…for it is the power of God for salvation… powerful, because it brings salvation from the penalty, power, and eventually the presence of sin.
…for everyone who believes… personal, because we must respond to it with faith.
…to the Jew first and also to the Greek… global, because anyone can get in on this.

The gospel is the gracious and transformative good news from God about Jesus Christ’s life, death, and resurrection for the salvation of all who believe and for the renewal of all creation.

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