Now that our small group has finished
I wanted to share a few things we’ve already covered in our meeting last night on Romans 1:1-17 titled “The Good News.”
“The overarching theme of Romans is the righteousness that comes from God: the glorious truth that God justifies guilty, condemned sinners by grace alone through faith in
Romans says, “The righteous will live by faith.” In other words, it is by our faith alone that we are considered righteous before God. We can’t live a righteous life or attain God’s standard for how we should live based on what we say and do (our works). Our salvation and status of righteousness is solely based on the work that
Jesus did on the cross.
MacArthur’s study questions is “What is so good about the good news of the gospel?”
To me, it’s so good because I didn’t deserve to be forgiven for my sins, but I am anyway! I didn’t have to do anything or sacrifice anything to get this forgiveness. I didn’t have to pay the cost or endure the punishment.
Jesus stepped in on my behalf and said, “No, I love her too much. She may deserve this death for the things she has done, but I don’t want her to suffer. I’ll suffer the punishment for her. Consider my death as payment for her sins so that she may be pardoned and God will not condemn her to an eternity separated from him. I want her to receive God’s love and mercy because I know it is so good!” It’s so good because it’s free to us and it frees us (from striving tirelessly to live the perfect life, from enduring earthly troubles on our own, from enslavement to sin, from judgment and the power of the enemy).
“The essence of
Paul’s letter to the Romans is that despite all the bad in the world, there is good news that is truly good! The apostle was a minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles preaching the gospel of God (Romans ). He brought the good news that, in Christ, sin can be forgiven, selfishness can be overcome, guilt can be removed, anxiety can be alleviated and people can, indeed, have hope and eternal glory.”
In verses 2-4 we learn that the good news was foretold long ago by prophets in the Old Testament and it is
Jesus, the Son of God, who is the one that fulfills God’s promise of the good news.
In verses 14-16
Paul says, “I am a debtor to both Greeks and barbarians, to both the wise and the unwise (in other words, all people without discrimination). So, as much as is in me, I am ready to preach the gospel to you who are in also. For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Rome Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes in him.” We shouldn’t be ashamed of sharing the gospel with others (fearing embarrassment or rejection) because for those of us who have been saved and changed by it, we know that it has the power to save others as well. As we start to adopt the same desires and affections that God has, we develop the same love for people that he has. We should be passionate about sharing this good news with others so that they can know the mercy and love of God and the peace and joy that comes in having a relationship with Him too. “The Lord isn’t being slow about keeping his promise as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He doesn’t want anyone to perish, but wants everyone to come to repentance,” 2 Peter 3:9.
Don’t we want to do the same thing? Once we realize how awesome and good the good news is we want to share it with others! We want to save them from the life they’ve been living so they can live the life abundantly (
To me, God’s grace is his undeserved, unmerited favor, goodwill, mercy, love and pardon upon us. It’s a free gift we can choose to receive without having to pay anything for it because he’s already paid for it. It’s good because without it we’d be lost for forever without any hope. He gives it to us because of his own loving kindness. There’s no way we can earn it or lose it, we just have to choose to accept it.
“How can lukewarm Christians recapture a sense that the gospel is good news?”
Sometimes, we can forget just how good and awe-inspiring the gospel is. We get comfortable in our faith and relationship with God. I think when we become lukewarm (which God can’t stand, see Revelation -16) we must remember the way we were before being saved. We must recall and consider the seriousness and awfulness of our sin. Although we continue to sin even after we are saved, we should never become indifferent towards it. It should still bother us (not the point of wallowing in guilt, but we should feel convicted by the Spirit and go to God in repentance every time we sin). Until we grasp just how bad and serious our sin is to God and others affected by it, we won’t understand our great need for his forgiveness and the awesomeness of God to give us that mercy freely.
I really want to learn from
Paul and have the same passion and ability to share the gospel with others in such a way that displays God’s glory, not my imperfections or the imperfection of the Church. Too often, I feel that I or people get in the way when trying to “witness” to others, instead of letting God shine through the conversation. It’s not up to us to save people (Acts ). It’s only up to us to share the Word with others. God’s word (his truth) has the power to save. Therefore, we don’t have to be discouraged, nervous, or scared of telling others about the good news. We don’t have to do any work, Jesus has done it and the Spirit will do all the work in that person’s heart. We shouldn’t stop sharing with others completely because some choose not to receive it (There will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent, Luke 15:7). There are so many people out there who God has been preparing to hear and accept his good news. He’s wanting and waiting on you to bring it to them. The harvest is plenty but the workers are few, Matthew .