Rom 1:15-17So much is said here in such few words! Why is Paul not ashamed of the gospel of Christ? Because it (the gospel) is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes! The gospel is God's power to save people! And it only gets better! Paul goes on to say that in it (the gospel), "the righteousness of God is revealed." The gospel is the revelation of God's righteousness! Following Paul from 1:18 to 3:20, he speaks in great detail about the unrighteousness of man, including a great explanation about how it was the law's purpose to point that out.
15 So, as much as is in me, I am ready to preach the gospel to you who are in Rome also. 16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, "The just shall live by faith."
With Paul making such a huge case for man's unrighteousness, the contrast becomes exceptionally clear between it and God's righteousness. In chapter 3:21 he brings it right back around to his original point in 1:17... "But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed..."
So... two essential things here. 1. The gospel is God's power to save people. 2. The gospel reveals God's righteousness (contrasted greatly with man's unrighteousness). If it wasn't for the gift of God's very own righteousness, we would all be toast!
Later, in Chapter 10, Paul quotes from Isaiah as he talks about those who preach the gospel:
Rom 10:14-15What Paul says next has always intrigued me, and it brings up a question that I think is worth discussing. In verse 16, Paul says, "But they have not all obeyed the gospel." We all know how to obey instructions and commands. But how do you "obey" the gospel? I've heard plenty of explanations of this that I don't agree with... Such as, "to obey the gospel is to obey God's commandments or Jesus' commands." Or "to obey the gospel means to do all the stuff that the scriptures tell us to do." You know, stuff like that. I'm sure many of you also disagree that that's what it means to obey the gospel! Given all that's said above about the gospel, and all the thoughts that have been shared about the question, "what is the gospel," what do you think? How does one "obey" the gospel?
How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written:
"How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace,
Who bring glad tidings of good things!"