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. 17 For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”
Am I ashamed of the gospel? It is hard to talk about spiritual things to non-believers. They think we are crazy, or worse, foolish. I don’t want to be thought foolish. Paul talked about the gospel to everybody. Some thought him foolish, some hated him and tried to kill him. No doubt some laughed at him as well.
I cannot live a righteous life apart from faith in Christ.
The gospel is the power of God.
The gospel is salvation.
The gospel reveals the righteousness of God.
The righteousness of God is by faith.
The gospel came first to the Jews, they were the vehicle for it, but then to everyone else too.
More and more I like the ESV. It translates vs 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith… NAS says …from faith to faith…
So the righteousness of God is revealed by faith, and leads to faith, for the purpose of faith. That’s cool.