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In our preaching, we must never lose the core of the Gospel. In today's passage, we begin to understand what the core message of the gospel is.

First of all, the gospel was promised by God in advance through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures. This means that the source of the gospel is God, and the means is the prophets. The basis of the gospel is the word of God.

Secondly, the subject of the gospel is the Lord Jesus Christ the Son of God, who was descended from David biologically. He was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead. The resurrection gives Jesus legitimacy as the central focus of the Gospel.

Thirdly, Jesus gives us grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the
sake of his name. The gospel is about receiving and giving. We receive grace and the mandate
to preach, we give obedience and faith for the sake of Jesus name.
Fourthly, belonging to Jesus is by divine calling through Jesus Christ. We are not entitled to the gospel, we are elected for it. It is God's prerogative to choose us.

Fifthly, the gospel is mutual. There is a sharing together of faith and life. Paul longs to visit the Romans and to be reunited with them. This connection is what we call fellowship. It has responsibilities and benefits. We are to be one another's keepers, genuine in our love, share with one another and give sacrificially, to name but a few.

Sixthly, the gospel is the power of God for Salvation to everyone who believes. Through the gospel, God gives salvation to all those who choose to believe in Him and repent of their sins. We are therefore to engage the gospel boldly and un-apologetically, without fear or shame. Our preaching should be with wisdom and the power of God, so that the faith of those who believe might not rest on the wisdom of men or the works of men, but in the power of God,
and the wisdom of God.

Seventhly, the gospel reveals the righteousness of God. Because of this gospel we are made right before God, and we have no need to justify ourselves before God by our own deeds. God gives us his own righteousness though the gospel, and we are therefore able to stand before him boldly and blameless. This gospel makes us just, and we therefore engage it by faith.

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