For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also to the Greek. - Romans 1:16 NKJV
I'm glad that I've started reading in the New Testament again. Not that there is anything wrong with the Old Testament, but I've been longing to write about and consider the richness of the doctrine presented in the New Testament writings. Now that I'm here, I'm feeling like really taking my time through the book of Romans.
Many scholars say that Paul's letter to the Church of Rome was his signature letter. It is truly a masterpiece. I love Paul's candidness and logic as he presents our need for a Saviour, Jesus, to escape the wrath of God's judgment. Paul is also straightforward in this letter to tell us of our duty to God to live our lives for Him as well as making sure we know that we can never do anything to be separated from God's love. Yes, the book of Romans is really a complete guide to get started in the Christian faith.
So what about this gospel, anyway? After all, it is the verse I've chosen to head this page and to consider today. Not only is Paul not ashamed of the gospel, I believe he is proud of the gospel and the priviledge to share it with others. The gospel - the good news story of Jesus' death, burial and resurrection for the salvation of all mankind who believe on Him - when embraced as truth for our lives, is the most powerful source of life change any of us can ever possess. Yet, as Christians, we are timid about sharing this good news with those who don't believe.
Why are we timid? Because this Gospel is threatening to Satan's plans, that's why. Ever since Satan/Lucifer was cast down out of heaven (Isaiah 14:12-15) he's been hard at work here on earth to thwart God's plans. He wants us to live powerless lives of fear in hopes of messing up God's plans. With the gospel comes power and Satan doesn't want us to have that power. Let's not let that deceiving serpent have any victory over our lives. Let's get grounded in the truth of scripture so that we can overcome our fears and frustrations, our hurts and our hangups. We all can have that power, if we would only just believe.
Next post: More on the power of salvation.
1) Do I have the "power" of salvation? (If you want to know more about what it means to believe on Jesus Christ for salvation, click here)
2) What is salvation to me?
3) What can I do to become less "ashamed" of the gospel?
4) What step do I need to take today to become more grounded in God's Word of truth?