27 Mar A God Centred Gospel
Explaining why the grace of God was given to him. Paul in Romans 15 says it was so that he could become a minister of Christ Jesus to the gentiles in the priestly service of the Gospel. So that, the offering of the gentile lives to God, sanctified by the Holy Spirit may be acceptable. As Paul proclaims the Gospel he understands that it will produce true worshippers. Those who are converted will be a holy and acceptable offering to God. For the Gospel produces true worshippers.
Taking a birds-eye view of Romans, we would see how a false worshipper of idols (Romans 1), through Christ’s life, death and resurrection (Romans 5 and 6), become true worshippers of the true God (Romans 12). If a person’s faith in God does not lead to this, then their faith is not genuine. For in conversion a person changes into a true worshipper of God, where they unreservedly submit their lives to God, to do the will of God in a world where everyone is doing what they want to do. Sanctification is the work of God in the life of a follower of Christ. It is where they are renewed after the image of God, enabled more and more to die to sin and pursue righteousness. In Christ, we receive and enjoy all his blessings and are therefore able to serve God in a fallen world.
Paul only seeks to speak about that which Christ has accomplished through him. His calling is to bring the Gentiles to obedience by word and deed, therefore his work is only accomplished in union with Christ. Paul speaks of himself as a priest in the priestly service of the Gospel, the converted gentiles are the offering, true worshippers which God accomplishes. The focus is not on stopping the gentiles going to hell, or facing the judgement of God, though all of that is included. but rather on the truth, that God deserves to be worshipped.
The motivation to preach the Gospel and to keep preaching the Gospel even in the most difficult of times come down to what God deserves. If we are to remain firm in our conviction that the Gospel is good news that the world needs to hear. Then our understanding of the Gospel must be thoroughly God centred and not man centred. God takes cares of all of man’s needs, but the needs of men are not our starting point. When of understanding of the Gospel is centred on God, then we will have all the motivation and clarity to share the good news of Jesus Christ and him crucified, risen from the dead and alive forevermore.