The Focus of the Gospel
This letter to the Romans is all about the 'gospel': the word simply means 'good news'. Paul is not describing an idea he has invented, because this good news comes from God (Romans 1:1). It was promised all through the Old Testament and is for anyone who will listen and receive it. The focus of the gospel message is not about how people can become more happy, healthy or wealthy; it is all about the power and authority of Jesus Christ.
Who is Jesus? He is God the Son. Although he became a human descendent of King David when He was born, His full identity is to be found in His pre-existing Divine nature. The Holy Spirit demonstrated that most powerfully at the resurrection, confirming that Jesus ('Saviour') is not only the Christ ('God's anointed one') but also the rightful Lord over everything (Philippians 2:9-11). The Son of God, who came to live with us and die for us, is now alive and reigning as the King of kings and Lord of lords.
The gospel is God's message inviting people to trust in Jesus; not as just a good man, or a wise teacher but as God. He lived and sacrificially died for us in His human body, and the resurrection validates His Divinity. That evidence is still being presented to truth-hungry hearts by the Holy Spirit, convincing them that Jesus really is Lord of all. So as we explain our faith to others, make sure that they understand the identity of Jesus Christ. Christianity is not primarily a culture, a way of life or a set of religious rituals: it is all about submitting to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
© Dr Paul Adams