Unashamed: Proud of the Gospel of Jesus Christ
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 for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.” (Romans 1:16-17)
Paul the apostle, having stated that he was a debtor to preach the gospel, now unequivocally shares his passion for this gospel, and the reasons for that passion.
First of all, the gospel saves sinners from certain eternal death. When one hears what Jesus has done for us, and then personally embraces it, believes in it, receives it (John 1:12, 3:16) … that person is rescued from hell.
Secondly, the gospel crosses all ethnic lines. For the Jew, the gospel saves. For the non-Jew, the gospel saves. God is no respecter of persons, He is not partial (Acts 10:34-35). The gospel is for everyone.
Third, the gospel gets it right. Only the gospel of Jesus Christ expresses and enforces God’s righteous nature. In the gospel, the evil of sin is manifest, and punishment for that sin is complete and decisive. Jesus is punished for all human sins, therefore they are paid for. The believer receives the free gift benefit of Jesus’ death, and is reconciled to God. The gospel exonerates God from any feeble human attempt to condemn Him. The gospel demonstrates that God is Just and the Justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus (Romans 3:26).
Fourth, the gospel is consistent. It is from faith to faith; each and every time a repentant, believing sinner trusts Christ in His sacrificial death and resurrection from the dead, the same things happen. Sins are forgiven, lives are changed, he experiences a brand new beginning (John 3:3-8).
Fifth, the gospel is doable, therefore gives us hope. It is not the sinner saving himself, pulling himself up by his own bootstraps, but God saving the sinner. It is God reaching down to rescue us, not us striving to reach God by our own efforts. The just shall live by faith. Faith in the gospel is the pathway to salvation. Salvation is not by works, it comes to us by believing it (Ephesians 2:8-9).
For Further Review
1. If Paul was not ashamed of the gospel, then what was he in relationship to the gospel? How would you rephrase his statement in a positive way?
2. Are you passionate about the gospel of Jesus Christ? If so, for what reasons? If not, why not?
3. Complete the following phrase, using your own words: “I have hope in my future, even beyond the grave, because _______________________________________________.”
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