…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. 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.”
More than once in scripture the metaphor of eating God’s word appears. We see it in Ezekiel, Jeremiah, and Revelation. What God has to say is apparently a decent diet. But what does it mean? We read it as an invitation to do more than just read, but to taste, chew, and digest the words of scripture so that every part of us benefits. The words have to become real for us and shape who we are.
We begin to lay out the foundations for our year in Paul’s words about the gospel at the opening of Romans. Words we want to take seriously. Words like salvation, righteousness, and faith, are all important to our vocabulary so are worth our time and effort. As we explore we hope to find out how these words unpack and explain what Christ has done for us and move us towards a deeper understanding of what it is that he is trying to do with us.
It’s likely you’ve heard all of these words before, but maybe, as we chew on them, they will start to mean a little more.
series text: Romans 1:1-17.