Romans 1:16-17

What Makes the Good News Good

Rom. 1:16-17


I.  Estimation of the Gospel (16) – “not ashamed”

II. Foundation of the Gospel (3-4) – “Jesus Christ our Lord”

III. Operation of the Gospel (16) – “power of God”

IV. Provision of the Gospel (16) – “salvation”

The gospel provides for man’s greatest need: Deliverance from sin.

From its Penalty (Rom 8:1) from its Power (Rom 6) from its Presence (Rom 8:30).

 V. Condition of the Gospel (16) – “believes”

     A.  Meaning

Faith = believing what we’re told even though we’ve never tested it

Faith is simply acting upon what God’s Word says about Christ’s work for us.

     B.     Object

Faith is only as good as its object.

Paul’s use of “faith” & “believe” is always in close conjunction with the crucified & risen Jesus.


     C.  Outworking

Faith is more than just agreement to truths about Jesus.

Saving Faith is TRUST, not just Belief.  And there’s a difference.

It is resting, committing, surrendering, leaning, surrendering continually to the Lord Jesus.

 VI.  Extension of the Gospel (16)

everyone who believes, Jews & Gentiles

The Gospel Extends to everywhere faith is manifested.  There is no discrimination of race or culture.
The gospel has universal application.
Gen 22:18 – all nations will be blessed
Psa 86:9 – All nations you have made shall come & worship before you, O Lord; and shall glorify Your name.
Zech 2:11 – And many nations shall be joined to the LORD in that day, and shall be my people
Acts 1:8 – …in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria & uttermost part of the earth


VII. Revelation of the Gospel (17) “righteousness of God”

for” = why the gospel is God’s saving power. It reveals = uncover

       A.     Righteousness from God

The righteousness God demands is revealed not just TO our minds so that we can understand the gospel, it is revealed IN us, actually giving us what is needed to believe the gospel.

God set a standard that only He could provide so that nobody could boast. (Eph 2:8-9)

Rom 3:21-22 – And now the righteousness of God apart from the law is manifest. The righteousness of God is by faith in Jesus Christ unto all who believe.
Rom 4:3 – Abraham believed God & it was counted to him for righteousness.
Phil 3:8-9 – I count all things but lost for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, whom I’ve suffered the loss of all things and do count them but refuse that I may win Christ. And be found in Him not having mine own righteousness which is of the law but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith.
       B.      Life

Habakkuk 2:4 – the just (or the righteous) shall live by faith.

Habakkuk used these words to instruct the righteous how to face the difficulties of life: by faith in God’s purposes which are always right.

But Paul says – the one who is righteous by faith (or justified by faith) will live.

By faith the gospel gives salvation unto eternal life.

But those without faith receive wrath (18).