“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”
The Power of God for Salvation
(Please read Romans 1:14-15)
The word “gospel” literally means “good news” or “glad tidings.” When an angel appeared to some shepherds and announced, “I bring you good tidings of a great joy which shall be for all the people,” about the birth of a Savior, he was speaking gospel. The birth of Christ was good news because of what was to be done by and through him for the salvation of human beings. Humankind had sinned, deserved to be punished, and were in a lost, ruined condition. But God in his love and mercy offered pardon through Jesus Christ to all who would accept it. That is good news indeed!
The gospel in miniature is contained in that favorite verse of many people, John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (NIV).
God’s power knows many forms and has been exercised in numerous ways, most of which we know little about and cannot begin to comprehend. Imagine the power exercised in the creation, or in miracles over nature, such as causing the sun to stand still for Joshua’s forces to win a victory.
Much of man’s power is directed toward causing death and destruction (the atomic bomb, for example), but God’s power is exercised for life and immortality. It is the gospel that leads or moves people to do what God wants them to do in order to be saved.
May God give us opportunities today to help someone find and yield to his power for salvation. Then it will be a blessed day indeed.