Romans 1:1-31, “16 I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. 17 For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”
The gospel Paul once labored to destroy is the same gospel he was later propelled to preach, he says “Romans 1:16,” 16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ”. This is the gospel that saved him and in it he believed the power of God lied to save. In 1 Timothy 1:15, “This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief”.
He was not ashamed because he had considered himself a debtor. He was gripped by the gospel. It wasn’t his gospel, it was Christ’s the reason he was not a shamed. Though it was foolishness to others, he treasured the gospel, 1 Corinthians 1:23, but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness”, 1 Corinthians 2:14, “But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned”.
For the sake of the gospel he was stoned, survived shipwreck, imprisoned, etc. He was not a shamed of it even if it meant being persecuted to the point of death.
Paul tells us why he was not ashamed of the gospel (good news, God’s pill)Vs. 6, “for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes.” The gospel through the agency of the Holy Spirit, does what no amount of mere human reasoning or argumentation can do.
Gospel is a dead letter without the power, “It reminds me of the old story about the vacuum cleaner salesman that went out to the farmhouse. And he walked in there with his typical motor-mouth approach and didn’t wait for the lady to say a word. She opened the door and he was in the living room. And he said – Mam, I want to tell you about this vacuum cleaner. It will suck up everything in this house, you have to be careful you might even lose your floor it’s so powerful and I’m going to …. And she started – Wellll …. wait a…. And he just kept going. He said – I’m going to show you how much this will do. And he dumped ashes in the middle of the floor out of his bag, and garbage and junk and everything. And he said – Mam, if this vacuum doesn’t suck this up in two minutes I’ll eat it with a spoon. And finally she got an opportunity to speak and she said – Well, you’d better start eating, we aint got no electricity”, story by John McArthur.
Before you sell the product you better know whether there’s any power to make it operate. And the reason the Apostle Paul was not ashamed was because he knew the power God through the gospel.
The unbelievers are on death row waiting for their electric chair (death), Christians have the powerful pardon letter from God (governor) but are distracted from delivering the letter and many are facing the electric chair. We have the pardon letter let’s use it.
You don’t have to cross the sea to be a missionary, you just need to see the cross to be a one. You don’t have to go to Zimbabwe to preach, you can go to Subway. As long as you are a Christians, you are a missionary and as long as unbelievers are not saved, they are a mission field.
To make this point more clear, it would be like God requiring us to push rocks (pray and witness to the unsaved) but He doesn’t expect us to move the rocks (save them). In the process of us being obedient to push the rocks (pray for them and share with them), He steps in to move the rocks (save them) and He takes the credit (Glory) for the gospel of Christ is the POWER of God to SALVATION, Romans 1:16. Blessings, Ev