With William Plumer in Romans, Evening (Day 27)

Romans 1:16
NAS – 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.
KJV –  For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

“There have been many good discourses and essays written on the power of the gospel to bless and save and comfort mankind; but none of them have exhausted the subject or even risen to the full height of the argument. Paul calls it the power of God, v. 16; and in 1 Cor. 1:24 he says that Christ, who is the substance of the gospel is both “the power of God and the wisdom of God. Calvin: ‘That the gospel is the savor of death to the ungodly, does not proceed from what it is, but from their own wickedness.’

The annals of this world tell us not of one instance where a sinner was converted, sanctified, filled with pious hopes, made willing to suffer in the cause of God, and enabled mightily to triumph over the world, the flesh and the devil; over fears, temptations and death itself, except by the gospel of Christ. It alone is mighty to the pulling down of strongholds. 2 Cor. 10:4. This word of God is quick and powerful. Heb. 4:12. Nothing should dishearten or discourage God’s people and particularly his ministers from making known the blessed truths of salvation. All those are ashamed of the gospel, who, as Gill says, ‘hide and conceal it, who have abilities to preach it, and do not; or who preach, but not the gospel; or who preach the gospel only in part, and use ambiguous words, of doubtful signification, to cover themselves; who blend the gospel with their own inventions, seek to please men, and live upon popular applause, regard their own interest and not Christ’s, and can’t bear the reproach of his gospel.”

I have known a man ashamed of his mother, because she spoke bad grammar; and another, of his father because he wore coarse clothing; and they gained no credit thereby. But he, who is ashamed of Christ and his gospel, is a sure candidate for shame and everlasting contempt. While he, who owns and obeys the gospel of Christ, shall infallibly experience its power to raise him even from the lowest depths of guilt, ignorance and pollution unto salvation, beyond which creatures cannot rise.” (Romans, 59-60)

Day 27, Evening

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