For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, first to Jew, and also to the Greek.
Do you at times need reassurance of the power of the gospel message? Are you also coping with the many challenges we’re face in today’s fraught, frazzled, and divided environment? Paul reassures us and speaks to the timeless power of the gospel message in today’s Scripture reading. He writes this letter to the Roman house churches from Corinth.
At the time, Corinth was a city filled with much unrighteous and immoral behavior. They, too, were in need of the gospel message. And when it comes to living this life and doing it well, we definitely can’t pull this off. At least not on our own.
In Romans 1:16, Paul states clearly and unambiguously that he is not ashamed of the gospel. He goes on to describe its richness in providing salvation to each of us through the power of God. He is clear and deliberate in stating that this message of salvation is available to everyone—first to the Jews, His chosen people, but then also to the Greeks, referring to all Gentiles in the world, including you and me.
So, what does this mean to us? First, we are reassured of the power of the gospel message. The unimaginable offer of salvation through God’s power and love is available to each one of us, regardless of who we are and what our background is. Second, we are reminded that we should be unashamed in sharing the gospel with others. Our natural tendency many times is to be unsure of our ability to say the right things or to be in the right environment to share the gospel message with others.
We Can’t Do It Alone
But we must always remain confident that the Holy Spirit will be there with us as He has promised, providing the right words and opportunities to plant the seeds of salvation for others as we share the message of hope through the gospel. When it comes to the sharing and living out the gospel, we just can’t pull it off without a reliance in the work of the Holy Spirit on our behalf.
Take a moment to reflect on your assurance in the hope of the gospel message. Thank God for imparting the truth of His Word into your life and ask Him for further boldness to unashamedly declare His truth to the world. If you’re finding yourself in need of extra reassurance in light of the challenges you’re facing, then approach Him in prayer. Reach out to those within your trusted biblical community, too. Remember that our confidence and boldness stem from His consistency as the God who never changes though the world around us does.