Main point summary
The Gospel reveals, restores and redeems us to God. More specifically, the Gospel saves us from 1) the same God who is righteous, wrathful and angry at our sin, and 2) our stupid, sinful and God-alienating selves (hearts, bodies and minds).
For d I am not ashamed of the gospel,
Let me explain what the gospel is to you
for it is e the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes,
It is the means and the very power by which God will save His elect
to the Jew f first
MORE SPECIFICALLY, it was delivered to the Jews first
and also to g the Greek.
THEN to the Gentiles
For in it h the righteousness of God is revealed i from faith for faith, 1
WHAT I MEAN IS the gospel reveals God's good will to give faith to people so that they might have faith
j as it is written,
WHICH you already know
“The righteous shall live by faith.” 2
NAMELY, justification is by faith alone
For k the wrath of God l is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men,
MORE SPECIFICALLY, to understand the power of God in salvation, we must FIRST understand the wrath of God directed at sinful, unfaithful men
who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.
BECAUSE they suppress the truth
For what can be m known about God is plain to them,
WHAT I MEAN BY TRUTH IS obvious
because God has shown it to them.
BECAUSE, it is what they've already seen
For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, n have been clearly perceived,
WHAT THEY HAVE SEEN IS his character - power and divinity - in nature
ever since the creation of the world, 1
SINCE the world was created
in the things that have been made.
IN every made thing
So they are without excuse.
THEREFORE, they will be judged by what they know and what they have seen
For although they knew God,
FOR EVEN THOUGH they had clearly perceived God
they did not honor him as God
They refused to worship Him as He deserved
or give thanks to him,
NOR did they thank Him for all He had done
but they o became futile in their thinking,
RATHER, they dismissed the use of basic logic, from what they had clearly perceived
and their foolish hearts were darkened.
WHICH RESULTED IN having their hearts become blind to the light of God, like fools
p Claiming to be wise,
MORE SPECIFICALLY, DESPITE thinking that they were discerning
they became fools,
they became idiots
and q exchanged the glory of r the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.
WITH THE RESULT THAT they worshiped created, fallible things!
Therefore s God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts
THEREFORE, God, who is not a fool, 1) withdrew from their midst and let them indulge in their sinful lusts (heart)
RESULTING IN their become impure
to t the dishonoring of their bodies
AND RESULTING IN them violating their bodies
WHEREVER other people were
because they exchanged the truth about God for u a lie
FOR they fooled themselves
RESULTING in their worship
and served the creature
AND their service to created things
rather than the Creator,
NOT their creator
v who is blessed forever! Amen.
WHO IS eternally perfect and holy!
For this reason w God gave them up to x dishonorable passions.
AND THEREFORE, 2) God allowed them to pursue their sinful cravings (bodies)
For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature;
MORE SPECIFICALLY, women rejected men and pursued other things
and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women
SIMILARLY, men gave up pursuing women
and were consumed with passion for one another,
AND INSTEAD pursued other men
y men committing shameless acts with men
RESULTING IN men willingly slept with other men
and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.
AND in some form of earthly, and future punishment
And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God,
AND BECAUSE of their worship of created things
z God gave them up to a a debased mind
THEREFORE, 3) God allowed them to become thinkers of immorality (mind)
to do b what ought not to be done.
FOR THE PURPOSE OF doing unnatural, sinful things
They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice.
IN OTHER WORDS, they were filled with evil
They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness.
RESULTING IN them doing overt acts of evil (progressive)
They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless.
OR LEADING TO less overt, but more insidious forms of evil (also progressive)
Though they know c God’s righteous decree
THEN, AND EVEN THOUGH they knew what God's requirements were
that those who practice such things d deserve to die,
NAMELY, that those who do wicked things shall be put to death
they not only do them
they NOT only did these wicked things
but e give approval to those who practice them.
BUT encouraged others to do them as well!
Link: righteousness of God and wrath of God
Q: What is the power of God for salvation? A: The Righteousness of God P1: The Love of God for His creation P2: The Wrath of God over His creation C: The Righteousness of God, which vindicates the Wrath of God to display the Love of God in salvation How great is the power of the gospel? Powerful enough to save you from the consequences of sin, namely, God's wrath.