First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed in all the world. For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I mention you always in my prayers, asking that somehow by God's will I may now at last succeed in coming to you. For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you—that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other's faith, both yours and mine.
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”
—Romans 1:8-12, 16-17
by: Jerry Johnson.
It has been said that the first portion of Romans 1 was instrumental in Martin Luther’s understanding of the power of the Gospel and his conclusion that salvation was a matter of God’s grace activated through the instrument of faith. We can see that, although in the history of redemption the Jewish people were offered the message of Christ first, this offer is to be given to all people, regardless of their national origin, race, social status, or other determinants we may use to discriminate. Salvation by faith excludes the notion that works plays a part. Only through Christ is righteousness reckoned to us.