When he was a Jewish rabbi, Paul Was separated as a Pharisee to the laws and traditions of the Jews.
But when he yielded to Christ, he was separated to the Gospel and its ministry. Gospel means “the
It is the message that Christ died for our sins, was buried, and rose again, and now is able to save all
who trust Him.
The Gospel is not a new message; it was promised in the Old Testament, beginning in Genesis 3:15.
The Prophet Isaiah certainly preached the Gospel, too. The salvation we enjoy today was promised by
the prophets, though they did not fully understand all that they were preaching and writing.
Jesus Christ is the center of the Gospel message. Paul identifies Him as a man, a Jew, and the Son of
God. He was born of a virgin into the family of David, which gave Him the right to David’s
He died for the sins of the world, and then was raised from the dead. It is this miraculous event of
substitutionary death and victorious resurrection that constitutes the Gospel; and it was this Gospel
that Paul preached.
The Bible says: “For 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).
Look up: 1 Corinthians 15:1-4; Isaiah 1:18; 55:1-13.
Action assignment: Ask the Spirit of God to help you choose one verse from today’s reading. Repeat
it often during the day.
WARREN W. WIERSBE