But the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said unto you. - John 14:26
A Journey through the Book of Revelation
In closing his letter to the Romans, the apostle Paul pens a benediction which gives a great summary of the gospel that Paul preached and taught, "Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery kept secret since the world began but now made manifest, and by the prophetic Scriptures made known to all nations, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, for obedience to the faith..." Rom.16:25-26.
There are five key points that Paul shares with us revealing his gospel. He is so bold to say that God will be able to establish us according to this gospel! What gospel do you preach? What gospel can you say is "your gospel"? Is it the same as Paul's gospel?
Paul says that God would establish us "according to my gospel". Paul had made the gospel his; he owned it, he lived it and breathed it. If you met Paul, you met the gospel. When the gospel becomes yours, this means that it lives inside of you. It is part of your being. It is alive in you. You live by the gospel. Many preachers today share messages, preach sermons and even try to compete at who can do this better than the other. Paul's gospel was the truth and reality that Paul lived by. Denominations have set statements of faith that you have to agree to in order to be part of that denomination. Paul's gospel, his doctrine, was revelatory truth he had received and a doctrine that was imparted and filled with the power of the Holy Spirit!
When Paul saw Peter and Barnabas beginning to act like hypocrites, withdrawing from fellowship with Gentile believers when certain Jews came, he confronted them because "they were not straightforward about the truth of the gospel" (Gal.2:14). In the beginning of his letter to the Galatians he says, "But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed" (Gal.1:8). Paul was serious about this gospel! Are you? Has it become yours? Are you willing to live or die by this gospel? When the gospel becomes "ours" it gives us great authority!
Rom 1:5, "For we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith among all nations for His name."
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