Romans: The Gospel of God
This image was created in Adobe Illustrator CS5 and also utilizes Photoshop’s animation feature. The background texture came from TextureKing.com. The dark red represents blood, which the Bible explains contains the source of life. The Bible also describes scripture as a sword. Hebrews 4:12 says,
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
In a similar way, the Gospel of God is like a sharp sword—it cuts to the heart and separates the believer from the unbeliever. There is no “middle road” when it comes to belief in the Gospel. Like a sharpened blade, the Gospel penetrates our soul and determines whether one will enjoy eternal bliss with our Triune God in heaven or suffer eternal separation from Him.
In his letter to the Romans, the apostle Paul outlines the problem that the Gospel addresses is our sin, which we inherit from Adam and Eve. Paul says,
“…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…” (Romans 3:23)
And Paul also clarifies,
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23)
Some people try to rectify this problem through good works. They try to earn their way to heaven. They believe that by their good deeds, they will receive entrance into heaven. But Paul let’s us know that,
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. (Ephesians 2:8–9)
But the Good News or “Gospel” is that God the Father sent His Son to pay the penalty that we deserved. His Son died on the cross so we wouldn’t die spiritually. The Gospel writer John says,
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.
Jesus, the Word of God, paid the penalty of your sin on the cross and rose again on the third day. Do you believe it?
By: Matt Rodriguez