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Unashamed of the Gospel

Romans 1:16-17
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. 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." (NIV)

Paul was totally committed to the gospel. The good news about salvation through Jesus was the apostle's passion. He knew the message was powerful to bring people to faith: Jews and Gentiles alike. Therefore he was not embarrassed at all when he told people how the death of Jesus could bring them to new life.

The gospel message explains how to get right with God. It is not by doing everything right (because we are all sinners). It is God who does the right thing in accepting the death of Jesus as the substitute for the punishment that we deserve (www.crosscheck.org.uk). Everybody who puts their faith in what Jesus has done receives everlasting life.

Many religious teachers urge people to please God by doing more acts of charity, praying more and trying to live a better life. But that is not God's gospel message. We can never do enough to satisfy the righteousness of God, and never eliminate all our sins to satisfy His holiness. Only God's salvation plan can make us right with Him. Our part is simply to believe that Jesus died for us, repenting of our sin and receiving His Holy Spirit. Nothing more, nothing less. So don't be ashamed of the gospel; it is powerful to bring people to Jesus. If you believe in Jesus, share the good news ... at work, where you live, as you travel; when you write or email (you could send them 'CrossCheck').

Wonderful God. Thank You for sending Jesus Christ to accept the responsibility for my sins in His death. I am sorry when I forget the preciousness of the gospel message, which I should pass on to others; or when I am ashamed of admitting that I belong to Jesus. Please help me to be so grateful for Your salvation that I am unashamed to tell others about Jesus - whose sacrifice is for them too. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
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© Dr Paul Adams