Romans 1:16, 17 - Gospel Power of Salvation & Faith.

Rom.1:16, 17: Gospel Power of Salvation & Faith.

Rom 1:16 (KJV)  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. 
Rom 1:17 (KJV)  For therein is the righteousness of God revealed 
from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. 

Rom 1:16 (NIV)  I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is 
the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first 
for the Jew, then for the Gentile. 
Rom 1:17 (NIV)  For in the gospel a righteousness from God is 
revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it 
is written: "The righteous will live by faith." 

Rom 1:16 (TEV)  I have complete confidence in the gospel; it is 
God's power to save all who believe, first the Jews and also the 
Rom 1:17 (TEV)  For the gospel reveals how God puts people right 
with himself: it is through faith from beginning to end.  As the 
scripture says, "The person who is put right with God through faith shall 

Rom 1:16 (EAV)  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, 
Rom 1:17 (EAV)  For in the Gospel a righteousness which God 
ascribes is revealed, both springing from faith and leading to faith 
[disclosed through the way of faith that arouses to more faith].  As it is 
written, The man who through faith is just and upright shall live and 
shall live by faith. 


In the letter to the Romans we find the apostle Paul's clearest 
and most detailed explanation of the gospel message... [Nelson SB] 

Martin Luther and John Wesley, two of church history's towering 
figures, came to Christ through Romans 1:17. [The 365-Day Devotional 


Ro 1:16-17 The theme of the entire book. [NIV SB]

Most Bible students regard this section as a statement of the 
theme of Romans..... a "launching pad" providing "the primary thrust and 
direction for the rest of the letter"... [College Press NIV Commentary] 

These two verses contain one of the greatest summaries of the 
gospel ever written. It is a clear declaration of God's power to save 
all who believe, [Preacher's  Outline & Sermon Bible] 

Paul is quoting here from Hab 2:4 - this quotation is used again 
in Gal 3:11 and Heb 10:38. (The Life Application Commentary 

This golden maxim of Old Testament theology is thrice quoted in 
the New Testament, namely, here; in ; and in ) (Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown Commentary) 

Verse 17 embodies the substance of all that is contained in the 
Epistle. It is the doctrine which he seeks to establish; and there is not 
perhaps a more important passage in the Bible than this verse; or one 
more difficult to be understood. (Barnes' Notes) 


Gospel Of Christ: 

The gospel of Christ, the Good News. It is a message of 
salvation, it has life-changing power, and it is for everyone. [Life 
Application SB mod] 

"good news," the glad annunciation that sin may be pardoned, and 
the soul saved. (Barnes' Notes) 

Power Of God 

Power is dunamis. This is not, as some would have it, the 
explosive force (dynamite) of God, but rather the unquenchable energy that 
enables Him to transform human beings from within.... [Victor Bible 
Background Commentary] 

The Greek word for power (dynamis) is the source for our words 
dynamite and dynamic. Dynamite was not invented by Nobel until 1867, so 
it is obvious that Paul did not have that specific picture in mind. 
Instead, the inventor of the explosive took its name from the Greek. But 
the parallel is instructive. The gospel can be like spiritual 
dynamite. Under certain circumstances it has a devastating, even 
destructive effect, demolishing world views and traditions-paving the way 
for new construction. Placed inside a stone-hard heart that is 
resistant to God, it can shatter the barrier. God's power in the gospel is 
not only explosive; it also overcomes evil. (The Life Application 
Commentary Series) 

The word "power" (dunamis) means the might, energy, force, and 
strength that is within God. The power is "of God," of His very nature. 
As God, He is the embodiment of power; He possesses all power, that 
is, omnipotent power, within His Being. He can do and act as He 
chooses. [Preacher's  Outline & Sermon Bible] 


What then is salvation? It is the forgiveness of sins, but it 
goes even deeper-to a restoration to wholeness of all that sin has 
defaced or destroyed. (The Life Application Commentary Series) 

The Greek word for salvation used by Paul literally means 
"deliverance" or "preservation." In a spiritual context, the idea is rescue 
from the power and dominion of sin.... [Nelson SB] 

Salvation means complete deliverance from sin and death, and all 
the foes and dangers that beset man. (Barnes' Notes) 

Righteousness Of God 

"the righteousness of God" i.e., the restoration of right 
relations between man and God, [Ryrie SB] 

"the righteousness of God" does not refer to God's own righteous 
character, but to his saving activity whereby he puts men in the right (as 
a judge declares a man innocent), or whereby he puts men in a 
right relationship to himself. (UBS Translator Handbook Series) 

The righteous man is one who lives by his trust in God. [Victor 
Bible Background Commentary] 

From Faith To Faith; Live By Faith.

Faith is a word with many meanings. [Life Application SB]

The Greek words for faith mean "to rely on, to believe, to 
trust, to have confidence in."... First, faith includes assent: 
acknowledging the truth of a statement, or granting the fact that a particular 
statement is true.... The second component of saving faith is trust: 
acknowledging the trustworthiness of a person, entrusting yourself or 
something you value into another person's care, or surrendering yourself 
in some sense to that person....[College Press NIV Commentary] 

Faith means belief. It means the conviction that something is 
true.... Faith is sometimes practically equivalent to indestructible 
hope.... faith means total acceptance and absolute trust. [Barclay 


Not Ashamed 

Paul was not ashamed, because he knew from experience that the 
gospel had the power to transform lives, so he was eager to take it to 
as many as would listen. (The Life Application Commentary Series) 

Paul was not intimidated by the intellect of Greece nor the 
power of Rome. (The Life Application Commentary Series) 

Gospel Of Christ: 

The Gospel: God's panacea for mankind's spiritual need. [Bible 
Knowledge Commentary] 

Science and literature cannot bring into the darkened mind of 
men the light which the glorious gospel of the Son of God can bring. 
The Son of God alone can do the great work of illuminating the 
soul.... The gospel of Christ becomes personality in those who believe, 
and makes them living epistles, known and read of all men. In this 
way the leaven of godliness passes into the multitude.... FE199-200 

The gospel's source is God, its nature is powerful, its purpose 
is salvation, its scope includes everyone, its limit is faith, and 
its result is righteousness. [Jamieson, Fausset, And Brown 

The Gospel is the power of God--power that flows to all who 
believe, to deliver us from every ruinous consequence of our sin and make 
us spiritually healthy at long last. [Victor Bible Background 

"The Gospel" (1:16). The word means "good news." The Christian 
Gospel is about Jesus (its content) and reveals God's gift of 
righteousness (its significance). It brings salvation (its outcome) to all who 
believe (its invitation). [Victor Bible Reader's Companion] 

New Testament writers portray Jesus Christ, on the basis of His 
sacrificial death on the Cross in the place of sinners, as the Author and 
Provider of salvation (see 3:24, 25; 5:21; Acts 4:12; Heb. 12:2). This 
spiritual deliverance is graciously and lovingly offered by God to all 
people, but only those who repent and trust in Jesus will experience its 
blessings (see John 3:16; Eph. 2:8, 9; Heb. 2:3). [Nelson SB] 

The gospel is the way in which God exerts His power for the 
salvation of men. Wherever the gospel finds believing hearts it is a 
divine power by which all the obstacles to man's redemption are 
removed. [SDA Commentary] 

The gospel is powerful because the power of God resides in it by 
nature. (The Life Application Commentary Series) 

Power Of God 

It is not a raw, coercive, irresistible power that violates our 
God-given wills, but rather a drawing, persuasive, convicting power; and 
this power is not selective but is exerted equally on all who hear it 
(John 12:32).... [College Press NIV Commentary] 

God has chosen to use His power in a loving way by sending men 
the "good news," the gospel of salvation. Being all powerful, God 
could wipe men off the face of the earth, but instead He has chosen to 
give men the good news of salvation. This tells us a critical truth: 
God's nature is love. He is full of compassion and grace. He is the 
God of salvation; therefore, He sent the "gospel of Christ" to the 
world that men might be saved. [Preacher's  Outline & Sermon Bible] 

The Power And The Glory
The text says that the gospel of Jesus is the "power" of God. 
What kind of power is that? Is God powerful? How would you measure 
the power of God? I have an answer for that question, but first 
let's talk a bit about power. 
What kind of power runs your home? You may use natural gas or 
you may use electricity, or you may use some combination of both, 
but you undoubtedly have some type of electricity in your home. Is 
electricity powerful? How do you measure electricity? The electrician 
measures electricity in volts and amps (which is the abbreviation for 
amperes). Do you know how much electrical power is in one volt or one 
Electric power is caused by the flow of free electrons from one 
place to another, usually through a wire or some other type of 
conductor. Voltage is the pressure with which the electrons are moving, and 
amperage refers to the number of electrons moving. For example, when 
exactly 6 quintillion, 242 quadrillion electrons pass a point in a wire 
within one second's time, that is one amp. If you have a heavy 
electrical power source and you attempt to force electrons through the wire 
faster, or if you try to force them through a smaller wire, the voltage 
goes up because the "pressure" is greater. When both the voltage and 
the amperage is high, the power is tremendous. 
Now, let's talk about God's power. His electrical power is 
illustrated in a bolt of lightning, and one lightning flash may measure up 
to 100 million volts and 160,000 amps! Our God is certainly 
powerful, but is that the way to measure God's power if the gospel is the 
power of God? 
The answer to the question "How powerful is God?" is simply 
this: He gave Himself, the Creator of all the power on earth and 
throughout the universe, for you and me. Nothing else was powerful enough 
to save us. [Glimpses Of God's Love by J & P Tucker] 

That word "power" fascinates me because in the Greek it has the 
same root word as does dynamite. 
Paul is telling us that the gospel works like dynamite in our 
lives when we let God in, when we give Him permission to reshape our 
lives into the likeness of Jesus. 
God doesn't come in and merely lop off this or that problem. No, 
He is interested in getting to the root of the problem, blasting it 
out, and then recreating our lives into something ever more 
That is truly good news. The truth is that God's solution to the 
sin problem not only offers forgiveness, it also offers the 
possibility of new life in Him. 
Have you let the dynamite of God into your life? Or are you 
afraid of the changes He might make if you gave His power free rein? 
[Walking With Jesus By Knight] 


Salvation is a broad concept. It includes the forgiveness of 
sins, but involves much more, because its basic meaning is soundness 
or wholeness. It promises the restoration of all that sin has 
marred or destroyed. [Expositors Bible Commentary] 

Salvation can be described both negatively and positively, in 
terms of what it saves us from and what it saves us to.... It saves us 
to the blessed states of grace and glory (5:2).... With reference to 
the past, we have already been delivered from the penalty of sin 
into the state of justification. Regarding the present, we are being 
delivered from the power of sin by the process of sanctification. As to 
the future, we will be delivered from the presence of sin in the 
final glorification.....[College Press NIV Commentary] 

Salvation has past (forgiveness), present (power to live a godly 
life), and future (resurrection transformation) aspects. [Victor Bible 
Reader's Companion] 

Salvation has three facets: past salvation from the penalties of 
sin (Luke 7:50; Eph. 2:8); present salvation from the power of sin 
in the daily life (Rom. 5:10); and future salvation from the actual 
presence of sin (in heaven; 1 Cor. 3:15; 5:5).... We receive and experience 
it through faith, [Ryrie SB] 

Salvation is in three tenses: (1) The Christian  saved 
from the guilt and penalty of sin (Luke 7:50; 1 Cor 1:18; 2 Cor 2:15; 
Eph 2:5,8; 2 Tim 1:9) and is safe. (2) The Christian  
saved from the habit and dominion of sin (Rom 6:14; 8:2; 2 Cor 3:18; 
Gal 2:19 - 20; Phil 1:19; 2:12 - 13; 2 Th 2:13). And (3) the 
Christian  saved at the Lord's return, from all the bodily 
infirmities that are the result of sin and God's curse upon the sinful world 
(Rom 8:18 - 23; 1 Cor 15:42 - 44), and brought into entire conformity 
to Christ (Rom 13:11; Heb 10:36; 1 Pet 1:5; 1 John 3:2). [Scofield 

The New Testament speaks of salvation in the past tense (Eph. 
2:8), the present tense (2 Cor. 2:15), and the future tense (13:11). 
In the past, the believer has been saved from the penalty of sin. 
In the present, the believer is being saved from the power of sin. 
In the future, the believer will be saved from the very presence of 
sin (see Matt. 5:10-12; 8:17; 2 Cor. 5:10; 2 Tim. 2:11-13; Rev. 
22:12). [Nelson SB] 

Blessings? .... Summarize them as salvation from the penalty of 
sin, salvation from the power of sin, and salvation from the presence 
of sin. Theologians use the terms justification, sanctification, 
and glorification. Justification is the divine act of declaring 
sinners to be righteous on account of their faith in Jesus. He paid for 
their sins completely and finally on the Cross, and through faith in 
Him their sins can be forgiven (see 3:21; 4:5; 5:1). Closely related 
to justification is regeneration, in which the Spirit of God 
indwells a repentant sinner and imparts eternal life to his or her 
spiritually dead soul (see Eph. 2:1-5). Sanctification is the process in 
which God develops the new life of the believer and gradually brings 
it to perfection (see 6:11; Phil. 1:6). Glorification is the 
ultimate salvation of the whole person. This occurs when we are face to 
face with our Savior in His coming kingdom. At that time, God will 
completely mold us into the image of Christ (see 8:29, 30; Phil. 3:21). 
Then we will be able to enjoy complete fellowship with God, singing 
His praises forever. Other benefits of salvation include 
reconciliation and adoption. [Nelson SB] 


God saves all who believe. Belief is the one condition for 
salvation, but we must always remember that a person who really believes 
commits himself to what he believes. If a man does not commit himself he 
does not believe. True belief is commitment. Therefore, God saves the 
person who believes, that is, who really commits his life to the gospel 
of Christ [Preacher's  Outline & Sermon Bible] 

Belief in the content of the Gospel is only part of its meaning. 
Above this it means trust or personal commitment, to the extent of 
handing over one's self to another person. Though belief does involve 
response to a truth or a series of truths, this response is not mere 
intellectual assent but rather wholehearted involvement in the truth 
believed. To believe in Christ is to commit oneself to him. To trust 
Christ is to become totally involved in the eternal truths taught by 
him and about him in the NT. Such total involvement brings moral 
earnestness, a dedication and consecration apparent in every aspect of life. 
[Wycliffe Bible Commentary] 

From Faith To Faith... Live By Faith.

The phrase "from faith to faith" has been variously interpreted. 
It has been understood as meaning: (1) from the faith of the O.T. 
to that of the N.T.; (2) from the faith of the preacher to that of 
the hearers; (3) from God's faithfulness to man's faith; or (4) from 
a young faith to a mature faith. Literally, the words can be 
translated "out of faith unto faith." The fourth interpretation is the most 
probable. [Believer's SB] 

The expression by faith from first to last translates what in 
Greek is literally "from faith to faith." It is also possible to 
translate this as "through faith for faith" (NRSV). In this expression 
some have seen Paul's description of the development of faith from 
beginning to maturity. Others think that Paul might be outlining the 
transmission of faith from the faithful proclaimer to the faithful responder. 
The thrust of the phrase, however, indicates that our relationship 
with God begins and exists by faith. (The Life Application Commentary 

From faith to faith means faith is at the beginning of the 
salvation process, and it is the goal as well. When a person first 
exercises faith in Christ, that person is saved from the penalty of sin 
and declared righteous. As the believer lives by faith, God 
continues to save him or her from the power of sin to live righteously 
(see v. 16). [Nelson SB] 

The just shall live by faith. Just by faith, there is faith 
justifying us; live by faith, there is faith maintaining us; and so there 
is a righteousness from faith to faith. Faith is all in all, both 
in the beginning and progress of a Christian life.... it is all along 
from faith to faith, as <2 Cor. 3:18>, from glory to glory; it is 
increasing, continuing, persevering faith, faith pressing forward, and 
getting ground of unbelief.... (Matthew Henry's Commentary) 

From faith to faith. The righteousness of God is received by 
faith, and when received, results in ever-increasing faith. As faith is 
exercised we are able to receive more and still more of the righteousness 
of God until faith becomes a permanent attitude toward Him..... The 
just man will not live by reliance on his own works and merit but by 
confidence and faith in God. [SDA Commentary] 

What is meant by the two statements... "from faith to faith," 
and, "the just shall live by faith"? Very simply, the whole life of 
the believer is to be a life of faith, from beginning faith to 
ending faith, from faith to faith. Therefore, the righteousness of God 
is revealed continuously through all of life, from the beginning of 
a person's faith to the ending of a person's faith. [Preacher's  
Outline & Sermon Bible] 

"Faith from first to last" (1:17). Salvation has past 
(forgiveness), present (power to live a godly life), and future (resurrection 
transformation) aspects. Faith in Christ is the key to experience every aspect 
of salvation--from first to last. [Victor Bible Reader's Companion] 

Being justified by faith he shall live by it both the life of 
grace and of glory. (Matthew Henry's Commentary) 


All of us have failed in one way or another, and we all know 
what shame feels like. We are ashamed of our past failures, our bad 
habits, or even the abuses we have suffered. Paul tells us that the Good 
News of Jesus Christ is God's power to deliver us from all the 
shameful things in our life. And it's for everyone! God has the power to 
deliver and transform us when we turn our life over to him. The Good 
News is certainly nothing to be ashamed of! [Life Recovery SB] 

Without salvation, we have no spiritual life. Without it, we 
have no righteousness. Without it, we stand guilty and condemned 
before the holy God. There is no hope for any person aside from the 
by-faith salvation that God offers us in Jesus!. [Victor Teacher's 


The power of God is displayed in those who believe. And the need 
for God's power in those who do not. [The 365-Day Devotional 

Standing Tall
I am part of the "Fellowship of the Unashamed" I have Holy 
Spirit power. The die has been cast. I've stepped over the line. The 
decision has been made. I am a disciple of His. I won't look back. Let 
up. Slow down, back away or be still. My past is redeemed, my 
present makes sense and my future is secure. I am finished and done with 
low living, sight walking, small planning, smooth knees, colorless 
dreams, tame visions, mundane talking, chintzy giving, and dwarfed 
goals! I no longer need preeminence, prosperity, position, promotions, 
plaudits, or popularity. I don't have to be right, first, tops, 
recognized, praised, regarded, or rewarded. I now live by presence, lean by 
faith, love by patience, lift by prayer, and labor by power. My face is 
set, my gait is fast, my goal is heaven, my road is narrow, my way is 
rough, my companions few, my guide reliable, my mission clear. I cannot 
be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, diluted, 
or delayed. I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in 
the presence of adversity, negotiate at the table of the enemy, 
ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity. 
I won't give up, shut up, let up, or burn up till I've preached 
up, prayed up, paid up, stored up, and stayed up for the cause of 
Christ. I am disciple of Jesus. I must go till He comes, give till I 
drop, preach till all know, and work till He stops. And when He comes 
to get His own, He'll have no problems recognizing me. My colors 
will be clear. Amen [source unknown] 


The medicine prepared will not cure the patient if it be not 
taken.-- (Matthew Henry's Commentary)