1 Thessalonians 2:4, “On the contrary, we speak as those approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please people but God, who tests our hearts.”
Other than Jesus, Paul is the most significant person in the New Testament concerning the gospel. In his book to the Romans, he writes the most in-depth treatise on the subject. He boldly writes in the first verse that he was, “set apart for the gospel of God.”
In Romans 1:16 he writes, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation.” Then in the very next verse he explained the blessing of the gospel, “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.’”
In chapter 1 he describes the gospel and his calling, in chapters 2-3 he speaks of the need of gospel, in chapters 4-7 he teaches how to receive the gospel, in chapters 8-11 he discussed the power of the gospel for all nations, in chapters 12-15 he wrote how to practically live out the gospel, and in chapter 16 he described those who lived their lives preaching the gospel!
Literally, in every chapter of Romans the Holy Spirit inspired Paul to explain and give sound teachings in regards to the great message of the gospel. Paul wrote that we will be judged according to the gospel in Romans 2:16, he said enemies try to stop the gospel in Romans 11:28, Paul considered it every Christian’s duty as Christ’s priests to preach the gospel in Romans 15:16, Paul said it was his joy to preach the gospel to those who had never heard it before in Romans 15:20, and lastly, Paul taught that God established and matured us through the gospel in Romans 16:25. Therefore, from start to finish, it was all about the gospel for Paul.
Not only did Paul write an entire book devoted to the gospel, he also made mention of the gospel in every one of his other thirteen books! Why? Because as the verse above states, Paul lived his life to please God, not man. And in doing so he gave his life to proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ.
May we all learn a lesson in passionate preaching from Paul’s obedience and work in proclaiming the gospel!
Do you try to please men or God?
- Take some time to review the book of Romans and find all the references to the gospel.
- Ask God to use you to preach the gospel with passion and perseverance like Paul.
- Center your life around pleasing God, not man.