Just before Paul begins to explain the gospel of grace, he makes a very powerful statement. “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” (Romans 1:16).
How did Paul know this truth? First, he knew this truth by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit which he received on the day of his conversion in Damascus. Since that moment, Paul had plenty of time to reflect on what the power of the gospel had done in his life. “I persecuted this Way to the death, binding and delivering to prison both men and women….and I journeyed toward Damascus to take those also who were there and bring them in bonds to Jerusalem to be punished.” (Acts 22:4–5). “And I did so in Jerusalem. I not only locked up many of the saints in prison after receiving authority from the chief priests, but when they were put to death I cast my vote against them. And I punished them often in all the synagogues and tried to make them blaspheme, and in raging fury against them I persecuted them even to foreign cities” (26:10–11). There is more evidence of what Paul (then Saul) had been before his conversion, but this is enough for this blog to underscore the tremendous change that took place in his life as a result of coming face-to-face with a holy and righteous Savior. It was the power of God in the gospel that transformed his life!
I am sure that most of you have not had a conversion experience as dramatic as Saul’s, but you need to stop and consider what God has saved you from. Think of the sinful person you were before He saved you and examine what the power of God in the gospel has done in your life. If you do this with honesty and the help of the Holy Spirit, you will begin to understand in a new way “the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes”. Like Paul, God wants you to share the power of this salvation in your life with others who have not heard and need to know its power.
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