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For when Gentiles who do not have the Law do instinctively the things of the Law, these, not having the Law, are a law to themselves, in that they show the work of the Law written in their hearts, their conscience bearing witness and their thoughts alternately accusing or else defending them, on the day when, according to my gospel, God will judge the secrets of men through Christ Jesus.

—Romans 2:14–16

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Is not this expression “my gospel” the voice of love? Does he not by this term embrace the gospel as the only love of his soul—for the sake of which he had “suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish” (Phil. 3:8)—for the sake of which he was willing to stand before Nero, and proclaim, even in Caesar’s palace, the message from heaven? Although each word might cost him a life, he was willing to die a thousand deaths for the holy cause.

“My gospel,” says he, with a rapture of delight, as he presses to his heart the sacred deposit of truth. “My gospel.” Does this not show his courage? As much as to say, “I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes.” He says, “my gospel” as a soldier speaks of “my colors,” or of “my king.” He resolves to bear this banner to victory, and to serve this royal truth even to the death.

My gospel.” There is a touch of discrimination about the expression. Paul perceives that there are other gospels, and he makes short work with them, for he says, “But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed” (Gal. 1:8). The apostle was of a gentle spirit; he prayed heartily for the Jews who persecuted him, and yielded his life for the conversion of the Gentiles who maltreated him. But he had no tolerance for false gospellers. He exhibited great breadth of mind, and to save souls he became all things to all men. But when he contemplated any alteration or adulteration of the gospel of Christ, he thundered and lightninged without measure. When he feared that something else might spring up among the philosophers, or among the Judaizers, that should hide a single beam of the glorious Sun of Righteousness, he used no measured language. He cried concerning the author of such a darkening influence, “Let him be accursed. . . . Let him be accursed” (Gal. 1:8–9).

—John MacArthur, The Gospel according to Paul (Thomas Nelson, 2017), 175–176 [Adapted from sermons by Charles Spurgeon].



Posted 2018·08·03 by David Kjos
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