Excerpt and Insight from today’s reading
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The word “gospel” means “good news”—a phrase that appears sixteen times throughout the book of Romans.


Excerpt from today’s reading:


This letter is from Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus, chosen by God to be an apostle and sent out to preach his Good News. 2God promised this Good News long ago through his prophets in the holy Scriptures. 3The Good News is about his Son. In his earthly life he was born into King David’s family line, 4and he was shown to be the Son of God when he was raised from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit. He is Jesus Christ our Lord. 5Through Christ, God has given us the privilege and authority as apostles to tell Gentiles everywhere what God has done for them, so that they will believe and obey him, bringing glory to his name.

6And you are included among those Gentiles who have been called to belong to Jesus Christ. 7I am writing to all of you in Rome who are loved by God and are called to be his own holy people.

May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.


Daily insight:


The book of Romans has been called “the gospel according to Paul” because of its powerful and systematic presentation of the message of salvation. Sixteen times in sixteen chapters you’ll find the phrase Good News (see Romans 1:1), referring specifically to the message that salvation is found in Jesus, the Messiah.


Adapted from the Daily Walk Devotional by Walk Thru the Bible www.walkthru.org.