“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” (Romans 1:16).

That Paul is not ashamed of the gospel highlights his keen understanding, and unwavering conviction, regarding the magnitude and scope of the salvation God is accomplishing in Christ Jesus. Salvation is too often interpreted only in terms of missing hell and making it to heaven when you die. Scripturally, however, while it certainly carries with it deliverance from the enemy of death, the salvation of God involves the redemption of the entire created order. The power necessary to achieve this scale of deliverance is the same power that raised Jesus from the dead, and is the same power God desires to be a present tense reality in your daily life, not just a hope for the future.

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