Today I’m starting the book of Ephesians! – This is what God gave me today in his word today:
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus, and are faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, (Ephesians 1:1-5)
The very first words Paul says involve the Gospel (of Jesus). I think that gives you an inclination of what Paul is “all about”. But why focus on the Gospel? Surely Paul would start talking to them about something more important to their day-to-day lives, right? After all, a new believer needs the Gospel (of Jesus) to be saved, yes, but a believer doesn’t need that stuff anymore.
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. (1 Corinthians 1:18)
Sure, it’s the power of God. It’s just in this verse he obviously must have left out the bit he added when talking to the Romans. The bit that says it’s the power of God unto salvation. And it can’t be anything else, of course.
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. (Romans 1:16)
Ah, yes, he is saying he’s just not ashamed of the Gospel (of Jesus) because it is the power of God for salvation. And I suppose there is a difference between the two verses. – But what would all of this mean? What does it matter if Paul’s main message was the Gospel (of Jesus), and that the same message is the power of God?
The point is that the Gospel is the point… The Gospel is the most important thing there is or can be, it’s the means God decided to use to bring all men to him! The point of this post is to say this; the Gospel isn’t just for “new believers”, it’s for everyone, new and old believers. It’s the power of God!
You are loved!