If you have been exposed to a certain truth then usually you would find it difficult to stifle the knowledge that you have gained. For example, if you found that there were certain foods or chemicals that proved to be dangerous to your health and the health of your family, you would probably find the time to discuss it with those closest to you. The reason is because the element of truth was divulged which means that you became aware of what was at one point destroying your health. You were unashamed in lifting the haze from the eyes of others. Even if it meant a rebuttal against your new found evidence, you chose to communicate the truth unashamedly.
We are living in a global society in which it seems that just about everything you can think of is permissible. Whether it be committing adultery, being homosexual or transgender, or even the beginning of approving marijuana as a legal drug – there are many behaviors and lifestyles that are seemingly no longer off limits. Our society has grown increasingly sinful to the point that whatever you feel is best is how you should live. However, the caveat in this mentality is that it is now expected that those who disagree with such lifestyles should not tell someone else ‘how to live their life.’
This is especially true for those in Christ. It seems that many Christians have become marginalized as it relates to speaking God’s truth to others. Or, many have purposely sat on the sidelines and avoided the truth of Jesus Christ to avoid a confrontation with others. However, in the book of Romans chapter 1, the Apostle Paul gives his own statement regarding the Gospel of Jesus Christ and remaining unashamed of the Gospel.
In the first part of this chapter (verses 1-6) the Apostle Paul greets Christians in Rome via a letter that he had written. It is important to focus on what Paul says in verses 2-5 when he talks about the Gospel.
(NLT) “God promised this Good News long ago through his prophets in the holy Scriptures. The Good News is about his Son. In his earthly life, he was born into King David’s family line, and he was shown to be the Son of God when he was raised from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit. He is Jesus Christ our Lord. Through Christ, God has given us the privilege and authority as apostles to tell Gentiles everywhere what God has done for them, so that they will believe and obey him, bringing glory to his name.”
Notice that Paul says in verse 5 that God had given he and other Apostles the privilege and authority to spread the Good News to Gentiles everywhere regarding the things God has done for them. This was so they would believe and obey God which would bring glory to His name. The key word in this scripture is ‘privilege.’ The Apostle Paul understood that it was and is a privilege for all Christians to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ to those who are in their sin.
In this scripture, Paul also uses the term ‘Gentiles’ who were a group of people who were considered to be godless or pagan. There was a major divide between the Jews and the Gentiles because they both stood on opposite ends of the spectrum concerning salvation and how they lived. However, despite the historical implication between the two groups Paul understood that salvation was for all. (Inclusive of the Jews and Gentiles as verse 16 says.)
Going back to the scripture, Paul shows us that it is a privilege and an honor to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with those who are in their sin. Part of the reason why many Christians and Pastors have deviated from teaching and proclaiming the Gospel is because the sense of it being a privilege and an honor has become lost. How great is it that you and I who are in Christ have an opportunity to be representatives of Jesus Christ? God being the creator of the universe has picked you and I to proclaim His truth to a dying world. There is no other opportunity greater than that.
In verses 8-15 of chapter 1, Paul continues by stating that he longs for fellowship with Christians in Rome. He also reiterates his willingness to spread the Good News to all which he sees as his obligation or duty as a representative of Jesus Christ. After verses 8-15, the key verses to focus on are verses 16-17.
(NLT) “For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile. This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.”
Paul makes it clear that he is unashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In these two verses, he points to the fact that it is God’s power that is at work during the salvation process. In addition to this, Paul mentions that the Gospel or the Good News is the message of how we as humans are redeemed or as he says “how God makes us right in his sight.” The process of the transformation from a sinner into a saint is done by faith as Paul concludes in verse 17.
However, the key point of this passage is that Paul was unashamed when it came to delivering the Gospel throughout the world. That is the same boldness and disposition that we as Christians need today. Too often, there have been too many cases of Christians who have capitulated to what the world desires. Instead, we who are unashamed and truly in Christ should push back against satan’s agenda.
If you examine the life of Jesus’ 12 Disciples, each one of them with the exception of the Apostle John, were martyred for the faith. Basically, they gave their lives for the sake of the Gospel of Jesus. This is what seems to be missing in Christianity today. Many Pastors and church leaders are so focused on maintaining their membership that they have essentially forsaken the Great Commission. God isn’t concerned with the number of members that a church has. His concern is whether or not the Gospel of Christ is being proclaimed and whether or not the image of God is being perpetuated in humanity.
It seems that the body of Christ today has lost the actual goal of Christianity. The goal is to preach and teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the lost. Instead, many have allowed a sinful world to dictate what can and cannot be declared publicly. The interesting thing is, many who are in their sin have become more vocal about what it is they believe. We are seeing new movements within our world that have nothing to do with instituting godly values or godly principles.
Those who are unrepentant in their sin are now becoming the majority while it seems those in Christ have become silenced by the media and by the majority. Many Christians today don’t want to offend those in their sin, so they pacify the behaviors of others rather than speaking the truth of God to those who are dying in their sin. In effect, the body of Christ has become weakened because many have laid down their arms and shrank back from the stance of declaring God’s truth.
The Apostle Paul was unashamed of the Gospel and he like many other Disciples during his time were killed for what they stood for. The fact is, the cost that Jesus Christ paid was greater than any persecution (whether it be verbal or physical) that we could endure. If we are ashamed of the Gospel, then it says little to nothing about the power of the Cross of Jesus Christ. It also says that we as believers don’t care about our fellow humans who are destined for Hell.
If we as true believers fail in our assignment to reach out to anyone who is in their sin, then we are not worthy of the calling that Jesus has given to us. To those of you who are not in Christ, you are the very one’s that Jesus died for. Christ died for all, but He died and rose again so that you and I could be redeemed from our sin. Accept His sacrifice and repent of your sins. The Good News is the story of redemption from destruction and a separation from God. That is the Gospel that must be given to all of humanity. We must share it unashamedly for Jesus Christ.