“Paul, a bond-servant of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God” (Romans 1:1).

From the political propaganda of the Empire, to generic glad tidings, the term “gospel” (euangelion) was an offering of “good news” not unfamiliar to the Roman ear. The distinguishing quality of Paul’s gospel, however, is that it was initiated by God, sent by God, and holds forth God’s eternal salvation through Christ Jesus. It is the gospel“promised beforehand through His prophets in the holy Scripture” (v.2), and faithfully fulfills the covenant promises of God to Israel (v.3-4). Thus, Paul had no “wiggle room” and zero willingness to compromise this gospel; that it might better accommodate the theological opinions of his critics or the personal preferences of those interested in a consumer religion only. Nor should we!

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