“Shame Not the Gospel” ( Romans 1:16 WYC ) by Carley Evans


I love – again – how different versions (i.e. translations) of the same Word give new insights into His Mind – here Paul says he “shames not” the good news. In other versions, he says he is “not ashamed” of the good news.

For I shame not the gospel, for it is the virtue of God into health to each man that believeth, to the Jew first, and to the Greek.

For I am not ashamed of the gospel; it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who has faith, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. (Romans 1:16NRSV)

In one translation, the gospel is described as the “virtue of God;” in many the good news is the “power of God.” His virtue is His Power, and therefore, our power! In one version, the result of the gospel is “health;” in many the outcome is our “salvation.” What a wondrous thing is the Word of God. Salvation is our health! 

Let us praise Him together as one, as we should.