Grace: The Power of the Gospel
Romans 1:16 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.”
The Gospel is directly related to the grace of God. That’s the only way this forgiveness of sins can be obtained. It isn’t through our holiness or good works. God doesn’t take the good people and save them; He justifies (extends salvation toward) the ungodly (Rom. 4:5).
But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God
Even the word salvation is misunderstood. Evangelical Christianity says that salvation is a one-time occurrence, an experience when your sins are forgiven. That’s true; there is a moment when you pass from death to life. But that is not all that happens. It’s an incomplete definition. Salvation isn’t limited to the initial born-again experience.
Salvation is everything Jesus purchased for us through the atonement. Sozo, the Greek word that was translated “saved” in the New Testament, means more than forgiveness of sin; it also means healing, deliverance, and prosperity. It’s a word that summarizes everything that Jesus provided for us through His death, burial, and resurrection.
James 5:14-15 vividly illustrates how salvation includes both healing and forgiveness of sin:
Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:  and the prayer of faith shall save [sozo] the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. (Brackets mine)
Grace - The Power of the Gospel
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