I AM NOT ASHAMED OF THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST.
In Romans 1, Paul addresses the Gentile believers at Rome and begins by explaining his mission, which was to preach the Gospel to everyone. He concludes his explanation by saying, “For I am not ashamed of the Gospel, because it is the Power of God that brings Salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. For in the Gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: ‘The righteous will live by faith’” (Romans 1:16–17; cf. Habakkuk 2:4).
The word translated “ashamed” means “disgraced,” “intimidated” or “personally humiliated.” A person “ashamed” in this way is like someone singled out for misplacing his confidence—he trusted in something, and that something let him down shamefully. The word can refer to being dishonored because of forming the wrong alliances. So, when Paul says that he is not ashamed of the Gospel, he is saying his confidence in the Gospel is not misplaced. There is no disgrace in declaring it… Hallelujah!!! Paul had given his life to proclaiming the Truths that Jesus Himself had revealed to him (Acts 9:3–6; 2 Corinthians 12:2–4). He explained to the Romans why he did not believe that he had wrongly identified with Jesus and why proclaiming Jesus’ message was his life’s work.
The application can extend to us as well. Just as Paul placed his confidence in the Gospel of Christ, so can we. We can proclaim with boldness theTruths that God has revealed in His Word, with no fear that our confidence is misplaced. “Anyone who believes in Him will never be put to shame” (Romans 10:11; cf. Isaiah 28:16).
Looking back in time in my life when I drink iniquity as one drinks water in superfluity of filthiness and naughtiness of lifestyle, or in hopelessness and powerlessness when I would return to my sins and iniquity as dogs returns to their vomits; or in the time when my lack of faith and knowledge in the Truth of God’s Grace, Love, Mercy towards me, and in His Infallible Word, and every Tom and Dick violates me freely because I was naive, vulnerable and gullible. This also led me into the deep pits of bewitchments and bondage of Fatai Temitope Joshua alias T.B. Joshua in the Synagogue “church” of all nations, Ikotun-Egbe, Lagos, Nigeria. Yes, I was not born a saint and I lived my fair share in worldly quagmire of life. The psalmist says, “in sin my mother conceived me.” PS. 51. BUT I bless God that it is this Glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ that sets me free and put me to the right course of His purpose for my life. Yes, I may not have a proud past, but He offered me a Glorious future, which I grabbed with every breathe in me. In my confusion of mind, He found me and give me Eternal life and peace of mind. So if satan reminds me of my past, I remind him of his future in hellfire. Human being can change but satan is doomed. This Gospel I am offering you today, please chose life not death. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is Power, Light, Authority and Lamp. The Psalmist testifies that “Your Word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.” Psalms 119:105 NKJV
It is only in the Gospel we can find direction, fulfilment and purpose in life. Stop meaningless activities, stop visiting false prophets and spiritual arrangers. Receive the engraved Word of God, which is able to save your soul. King David blew my mind, he said, “Oh, how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day. You, through Your commandments, make me wiser than my enemies; For they are ever with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers, For Your testimonies are my meditation. I understand more than the ancients, Because I keep Your precepts. I have restrained my feet from every evil way, That I may keep Your word.” Psalms 119:97-101 NKJV
When we love His Word, we can rest in the knowledge that the Holy Spirit who inspired the writing of Scripture never changes (2 Peter 1:21; Malachi 3:6; Hebrews 13:8). What was true thousands of years ago is still true today… Hallelujah!!! The offer of Salvation that was presented to people of the first century is still open to us (Acts 2:39; John 17:20). All you need to do is to accept Him and surrender to His Lordship and leading; and He is a wonderful director.
To live unashamed of the gospel means we proclaim it, but it also means we apply it to our lives and show we believe it. Paul’s life choices supported his message. He did not preach one thing and live another. We are “ashamed of the gospel” when we allow sin in our lives to go unchecked (Matthew 3:8). When we indulge in worldliness and carnal desires or blatantly disobey scriptural standards, we indicate that we lack confidence in our own message (1 Corinthians 3:3; 1 Peter 2:11). When we “walk in the counsel of the ungodly, stand in the path of sinners, and sit in the seat of scoffers” (Psalm 1:1), we are being ashamed of the gospel. We are not allowing its truth to penetrate our lives so that others see its changing power. To live unashamed of the gospel means that we, like Paul, allow it to marinates and dominates our lives to the extent that everyone within our sphere of influence can see that we have “been with Jesus” (Acts 4:13). Starts living the life in the Master today, you will not regret it. Those who first heard Peter speak of Jesus Christ to them ask a profound question and Peter did not leave them confused. Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?” Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.” Acts 2:37-39 NKJV
If your heart is cut by the Word, I say the same word of Peter to you, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.