Power for Deliverance
The word salvation means to be saved from some problem: it could be drowning or Hell or the darkness of this world. In Romans 1, what individuals are saved from are the desires, painful emotions, confused thinking, and participation in the hurtful sinful relationships of this world. Romans 1:16 does not refer to being saved from Hell but from Hell on earth.
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. (Rom 1:16)
Romans do not mention Hell once. What Paul in Romans is concerned about is this Hell on earth. Hell on earth is where walking, spiritually dead men damage and dominate each other, and where the individual struggles with an uncooperative rebellious inner life while desperately looking for pain relief and some pleasure. The power of the Gospel should be rescuing us from that daily.
The Gospel can handle the problems of this planet. Paul is proud of that!
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