BCS Reflections are here.
14I am obligated both to Greeks and non-Greeks, both to the wise and the foolish. 15That is why I am so eager to preach the gospel also to you who are at Rome.
16I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. 17For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”
In this passage, Paul talks about the universality of the gospel and in addition, the urgent and equal need for all people to hear it, Jew and Gentile alike, that he might “have a harvest.” Paul again underscores the complete urgency of the gospel in his unabashed boldness to preach it for the salvation of anyone (and everyone) who believes.
I think we would do well to imitate Paul’s attitude to grab hold of the gospel as the sole foundation for what righteousness is and how to pursue it and to let others know. Paul uses some strong words to describe the situation: Obligation, Eager, Not ashamed, Power of God, Salvation.
Are we able to use these words? Do we feel so compelled and eager that we almost feel a sense of pressing obligation to get the word out? Do we truly understand the power of the message that we have to change the world? If we truly did, nothing else would matter. “The power of God for … salvation” is pretty much an end off, isn’t it?
Let us ponder how we think: do we truly see the life after this one as truly real, soon and important? If we did, why would we not be falling into action?
In Him there is every good thing,