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Acts 14:7

In acts_14_7 on March 18, 2008 at 5:44 pm

There is an interesting verse in Romans 1:15, Paul says, “I am eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome.” The reason this is so interesting is because just a few sentences earlier in his greeting he had addressed the folks he was writing “To all those in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints.” If he was writing to Christians, why would he tell them he was eager to come and preach the gospel to them? They were already believers, why do they need to hear that again?

To answer that, let’s look at what Paul says about the gospel. In 1:16 he calls the gospel the power of God for salvation to everyone that believes. So, he recognizes the gospel’s saving power as something that comes directly from God. And what are the benefits of this salvation? Well, in this letter Paul describes how sinful man is and how we all try to make up for our sins in various ways, trying to be good in God’s eyes. Recognizing just what the gospel saves you from is something you want to remember. Then he says that even though they are sinners, Christ died for them to pay the penalty they deserved and that even though they still have sin in their lives they are no longer enslaved to that sin but they are joined with Jesus Christ to be free from that bondage. Then he encourages them in that they have the Holy Spirit to pray for them when things are so hard in this life that they won’t even know how to pray, that since it is God who removes their sins they can stand in the face of pure evil and laugh when their sin tries to make them believe God doesn’t love them anymore, that they will face trials and sufferings and even physical death but that NOTHING will ever separate them from the love of God, that He has been working this entire plan since He invented time and that it will finish exactly how He wants it to. Do you think this is something they needed to have preached to them again? How often do you need to hear this?

“And there they continued to preach the gospel” – Acts 14:7

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