# 9 Defining The Gospel (Part 2)
By Pastor Bill
In Romans 1:16, Paul said, “for I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” The good news or gospel was the power of God for salvation. The word for power was dunamis, which means supernatural power. The gospel has supernatural power to not only heal, but more importantly for salvation. The greatest miracle of all is salvation.
We know that part of the gospel message is to heal the sick and deliver the oppressed. But here, Paul says the gospel is the power of God for salvation. The Greek word for salvation is soteria. The root word is soter, which means a savior or deliverer. Jesus is our Savior, and He is the One that has made our salvation possible. Jesus has saved us from our sins. Jesus has saved us and delivered us from the consequences of our sins.
While Jesus’ life, ministry, death, and resurrection were all a demonstration of dunamis or supernatural power, I believe Paul had something else in mind when he wrote that the gospel is the power of God for salvation. The Bible says (Ps 14:1-3, 53:1-6, Rom 3:10-12) that there is no one who does good and seeks after God. Our natural, sinful hearts are hardened by sin and we do not seek after God. I believe that when the gospel message is preached, it supernaturally does a work in the hearts of those who hear it preached. The gospel has the power to change hearts and to take out the heart of stone and replace it with a heart of flesh (Ezek 11:18-19). The power of God goes to work in people when the gospel is preached to them.
Paul says it is the power of God for salvation to the Jew first and to the Greek. This power of God for salvation is available to everyone. It does not matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, it is available to everyone. A person’s past does not matter; the gospel is the power of God for salvation for everyone. We should not concern ourselves with who might receive the gospel and who might reject it. The gospel, the power of God for salvation is for everyone.
Father, help us to preach the gospel to everyone. We confess that Your gospel is Your power for salvation to everyone. Help us share this power with everyone without any preconceived notions of who may or may not respond. Give us boldness and faith to share this good news with everyone. May we be a gospel preaching church. Amen.