The power of God unto salvation
So I am eager to come to you in Rome, too, to preach the Good News. For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile. This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life. Romans 1:15-17
From the text, the Apostle Paul was expressing his heartfelt eagerness to visit Rome so he could share the message of salvation. His eagerness to share came from his belief that it was only through the preaching of the gospel that people could experience the love of God and His desire was that they will respond so they could experience the life that comes from God. But time and again man demonstrated the lack of desire to listen to God’s message of salvation. The problem is not being deaf, but surely it was because of selective hearing. If you are a parent having children you know this. You will spend time talking with your child because you know you have something important that your child needs to hear and you want your child to respond by showing obedience. But you know your child did not listen to everything you said because you did not see any change that happened in their attitude. Instead they continued living their life ignoring your instructions. Paul believed, for he himself experienced it, that the “Good News about Christ is the power of God unto salvation.” When people respond to the gospel, they are freed from the bondage and power of sin. It gives them the freedom to live the life God created for them. With the power of the gospel comes the righteousness of God. This provides the sense of worth and significance, thus you know the meaning to your life. The power of God frees you from the meaninglessness of despair and guilt because of sin. This power and righteousness, according to Paul, is made available to everyone, "by faith." That means the gospel can reach anyone, anywhere, and at any time. This why it was referred to as “Good News.” Like Paul, this is the amazing message that Christians and the church that belongs to Christ have for the world. There is nothing like it anywhere in the world and there is no challenging to it. There is nothing that remotely approaches it in its possibilities in human affairs. If that is how you looked at the gospel of Jesus Christ than you could say with Paul, "I am not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ." Paul’s point is that the gospel is important because once you receive it, you receive forgiveness, you experience God’s amazing grace, and you will be on your way to experience holiness. Have you made the decision to accept his offer of salvation by receiving Him in your life as you respond to the gospel? If Christ is the one you claim your Lord and Savior, then just like Paul be eager to tell others about the good news.