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the P ower of the G ospel By David H. Snyder Those who have received Christ as their personal Savior can testify to the power of the Gospel message. It is an amazing privi- lege to have heard a clear presentation about the good news of salvation and then to have received God's gift of eternal life. For me, that hap- pened when I was eight years old in a Sunday school class in Pennsylvania. That David H. Snyder was a day that President/General Director changed my life forever. I am reminded daily of the privi- lege of being saved and the responsibility to proclaim the message of salvation. The Apostle Paul experienced salvation on the road to Damascus. As a result, he boldly declared, “I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek” (Romans 1:16). There are at least three ways in which the power of the Gospel can be seen in this verse. First, the Gospel is not “the gospel of Paul,” it is the Gospel of Christ—the Christ Whose power was demonstrated by His death, burial, and resurrection. This is not a gospel Paul invented about himself or anyone else. This is the good news about the one and only Savior of the world. This is the Christ Who won the victory over death and the grave (1 Corinthians 15:55−57). Second, the Gospel is the power of God unto salvation. Prior to Paul's conversion, he only knew of a powerless, works-based plan of salvation that could never pay the price for sin. It was only after Paul met 2 BIMI WORLD Number 2, 2012 Christ and received Him as Savior that he experienced true and eternal victory over sin's penalty and Satan's power (see article on page 8 “Where Satan Accused—The Savior Acquitted”). Third, the Gospel is so powerful that it is available to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. The atonement of Christ is not limited in any way. Jesus is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world (1 John 2:2). God has not selected a certain few to be saved and at the same time condemned the rest to hell. Whosoever (Jew or Gentile) shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (Romans 10:13). As we think about the power of the Gospel, there are many reasons we can—and should—rejoice. However, as mentioned earlier, we must also remember our responsibility to boldly proclaim the message of God's love. This is necessary because the Gospel's power will only be experienced by every one that believeth. Jesus told Nicodemus, “He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God” (John 3:18). In order for someone to believe on the Lord, he must first hear about Him. This is where our responsibility starts. The Bible gives several strategic steps in missions that lead to a person's salvation. For example, Romans 10:13−15 shows that people must hear 1 about the Lord before they can believe and call on Him for salvation. In order for the world to hear the Gospel, missionaries must be sent so they can preach the message of salvation. Again, this emphasizes our responsibility. We must send and preach if people are going to hear and believe the powerful Gospel