What a dynamic. God's explosive "dunamis" working outward from Himself toward the world, especially those who trust Him and confidently surrender to Him.
You'd think we would see more evidence of that. Not that we aren't seeing any, but certainly not the outpouring of signs, miracles, and wonders that the early church experienced.
I think Paul's opening words in that verse is a tell.
"I am not ashamed."
As if to counter those who were/are ashamed.
Are you ashamed?
I think there are many who are. I know some personally. More than I care to. They are embarrassed, shamed, by the outbreak of God's power in their midst.
Imagine that? How far have we slipped?
Romans 1:16 (AMP) - "For I am not ashamed of the Gospel (good news) of Christ, for it is God's power working unto salvation [for deliverance from eternal death] to everyone who believes with a personal trust and a confident surrender and firm reliance, to the Jew first and also to the Greek."
I can understand ignorance. Even fear. I don't understand shame. Not over the gospel.
The gospel is far more inclusive than just a story of what Jesus did for our salvation. The gospel also includes practical application which can be attested to by the Word.
The Word isn't for the purpose of showing us how it used to be, but what it is supposed to be.
Where did we lose that?
The personal view of scripture must change from dead letter, to living supernatural organism.
Do you shy away from the dynamic application the Word clearly shows us? Or do you plunge headlong into it without abandon OR shame?
"Personal trust and a confident surrender and firm reliance".
How far are you willing to go with God?
Keepin' it Real,
Pastor Kevin <><