Not Ashamed

Romans 1:16

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

Several times in the Pauline Epistles, Paul uses the phrase, “I am not ashamed.”  Twice it is in direct reference to the gospel.  In his ministry, Paul could not afford to be timid or overcome with doubt.  He had to have confidence.  That confidence came from the clear message of the gospel.  Jesus Christ, God’s Son, died for our sins.  He was laid in a borrowed tomb, and three days later He rose from the dead.  Anyone who places their trust in Him, can and will be saved.  Biblical Christianity is understanding that we have a relationship based on what Jesus did, not a religion based on what we do.  Today, it seems like we are too busy trying to attach things to the gospel.  There is no need to do that.  The gospel is enough on its own.  It is the power of God.

  1. His BoldnessI am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ
  2. His BeliefIt is the power of God unto salvation

I heard a preacher make this statement.  “The gospel is neither a discussion, or a debate; it is a declaration.”  How true that is.  A holy and just God saw us in our sin and desperate need and loved us unconditionally.  He loved us so much He gave us His Son to be the provision for our salvation.  Then, He made that salvation available to everyone.  The only thing that we have to do to be saved is to believe.  Call upon the name of the Lord and you will be saved.  That is the power of God on full display.  Here is His perspective on “not ashamed.”  Twice in the Book of Hebrews (2:11, 11:16) we read that God is not ashamed to be identified with us.  Think about the power of that truth and then rejoice.  God is not ashamed of you and is not ashamed to be called your God.  HALLELUJAH!!!  

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