Category Archives: Gospel Hope

THE DEATH OF DEATH

The arrival of Jesus at the end of the age will mean resurrection and the termination of the last enemy, death.

When some church members denied the future resurrection, Paul responded by stressing the necessity for bodily resurrection, appealing to the past resurrection of Jesus as the precedent for the resurrection of believers. The saints will be raised from the dead when he “arrives” in glory, signaling the end of death itself – The death of Death.

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MISSIONARY PEOPLE

From the start, Jesus commissioned his people to proclaim the good news of the kingdom “to the uttermost parts of the earth” – until he comes.

The message proclaimed by Jesus is summarized as the “Good News of the Kingdom of God.” In him, the final reign of God over all things is being implemented, a process that will consummate at his “arrival” in glory with the establishment of God’s absolute sovereignty and the defeat of all His enemies, including death. Before his ascension, he assigned this task to his church.

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BOTH JEW AND GREEK

The equality of Jew and Gentile before God is a key theme throughout Romans – both stand or fall on the same basis – Romans 1:15-16

Paul wrote to the churches in Rome for two purposes: First, to prepare the ground for his planned visit to the city. Second, to deal with conflicts between Jewish and Gentile believers. In the first half of the letter, he presents a detailed explanation of his gospel. In the last half, he deals with questions about the status of the Jewish people and the areas of conflict in the congregation.

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RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD

In his epistle to the Romans, Paul lays stress on the “righteousness of God” revealed in the gospel preached by him – It is “the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.” And the same message is now being proclaimed throughout the earth to “Jew and Greek” alike. By “righteousness of God” Paul refers to HIS “righteousness,” demonstrated daily in His faithful provision of salvation for His wayward creatures.

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FUTURE GLORY

In the first half of his letter to the Romans, Paul presented the “gospel,” which is the “power of God for salvation, both to the Jew and the Greek.” In His Son, God provided salvation through the “faith of Jesus Christ” for every man and woman who responds in faith, whether Jew or Gentile. Death passed from Adam to every man, both “within the law” and “apart from the law,” because “all sinned and lack the glory of God.”

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RIGHTEOUSNESS, WRATH AND SALVATION

In the first half of Romans, Paul presents his “gospel” by arguing from plight to solution. It is the “power of God for salvation, both to the Jew and the Greek.” Because of sin, two forces are at work in the world – righteousness and wrath. In his Son, God has provided salvation for men and women, a solution to the desperate plight of humanity that is available to all, and on the same basis, both to Jew and to Gentile – “from faith.”

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