Thoughts to Live By

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.”

The simplicity of the gospel of Jesus Christ is proclaimed clearly throughout the Word of God, beginning with the prophesying of His coming in Isaiah 9:6. He was born in lowly surroundings, the Son of God incarnate. John 1:26-47 The Bible tells us the purpose of Jesus coming into this world. “Jesus came to seek and to save that which is lost.” Matthew 18:11. The description of the gospel is found in I Corinthians 15:1-4. When a person believes on the name of Jesus and receives Him; he or she will be saved! Romans 10:9,10,”That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thy heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

Paul challenges us not to be ashamed of this wonderful gospel of Jesus Christ. Why would he emphasize so strongly the need not to be ashamed of this great gospel? Consider with me the following reasons not to be ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

  1. Because God gave His Son to be the only provision for man’s salvation. Jesus said in John 14:5,6, “Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
  1. Because of mankind’s need for His great love. God loves every lost sinner and does not want anyone to perish. He offers, as a gift, His Son to save anyone who comes to Him by faith. John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Ephesians 2:4-9 His great love is a gift; it is perfect; it is eternal (never ending and unchangeable); it is sacrificial (He died on the cross for all our sins); and finally, the love of God is positively irresistible!
  1. Because God has chosen us (Christians) to tell the world of His great love, the the gospel. Our text in Romans 1:16 tells us “the gospel is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth:” Therefore, we have the charge, found in Matthew 28:18-20, the privilege, and the opportunity to tell those around us the good news that Jesus and only Jesus saves. We must tell the lost how to be saved. If we fail them, who will tell them? Romans 10:13,14, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?” (a witness) Why don’t you tell someone about Jesus today? We need to continue to be “a witness of these things” Let God use you to be His witness!
  1. Because of our love for Christ and what He did for us on the cross. Once we are saved, the love for our Savior should grow stronger day by day. And this is the result of His first loving us. I John 4:19, “We love him because he first loved us.” We are to walk in that love of Christ and share it with a lost and dying world that stands in great need of His love. “Be ye followers of God, as dear children; and walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savor.” Ephesians 5:1,2

Magnify His love from your life to someone around you today. It is always Christ in us the hope of glory and the only hope for the salvation of lost mankind!