For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. (Romans 1:16)
Possessing The Gospel Without Fear
The core belief of every Christian is the gospel of Jesus Christ. Salvation cannot be possible without first embracing the word of truth convicting the heart of sin followed by a joyful response to the grace of God’s love. All of this comes from the message of good news that man finds hope in the wisdom of God. Since the beginning of time the Lord has revealed Himself to men so they may find Him and enjoy the blessings of His saving truth. In these last days, the gospel of Christ has been delivered throughout the world for all to come to the knowledge of God’s eternal plan to redeem His creation. No one can stand before the Lord on the final day and blame ignorance of the truth. The gospel is the power of God to salvation for everyone. It is a message that is eternal. By its nature it shows supremacy to anything written by man because it remains the single most influential message of time. No story can rival the message of the man from Nazareth. The truths revealed on its pages are unchanged, unchallenged and unmistakable divine. Paul uses the term of an incredible force when he writes of the power of the gospel. Our modern word ‘dynamite’ comes from the same Greek word for power: dunamis. To possess the gospel is to have a power that is from the hand of God.
Paul was not ashamed of the gospel because of what it had done to his life. To fully understand the message of truth one must possess that truth for themselves. When Paul was persecuting the church, he denied the message of God’s grace. He knew that only God had revealed to Moses the Law and he defended the truth of the Law with unmatched zeal. When the fully revealed word of God was brought to bear upon the heart of Paul, he immediately obeyed because the message of Jesus was true. The one whom he persecuted was the Son of God and the gospel plainly set forth this teaching. He had a radical heart change because of the gospel. He dedicated his life to sharing the message of the gospel with the world. He did not possess the gospel – the gospel possessed him. There was no fear in teaching the word of God because Paul knew its teaching was eternal. It was a joy to see hearts changed like Lydia by the river or the jailer in Philippi. That was the gospel in action. Untold numbers changed their lives through the teaching of the word of God – the gospel. Paul gave his life to the message of Jesus Christ and Him crucified. That was central to the life of the apostle.
No message can possess a man like the words of the Bible. From the Genesis revealing the Paradise of man lost to the Revelation when God returns man to Paradise gained, love is spilled upon the pages of every truth as the Lord shows His grace and mercy to sinful men. Possessing the gospel without fear comes from the knowledge that all of what God has preserved in this grand book of ancient beginnings in the mind of an eternal Father who loves and cherishes His creation. Infused with the fragrance of His love, God blesses all men with the written word whereby when they read they can understand the mystery of eternal truths and abiding hope. There is nothing to be ashamed of when possessing this book. Its pillars of truth stand tested through the ages without trembling or being shaken. No edifice of men can match the marvel of the Bible in its simplicity and complexity blending together the needs of man with the mercies of the Father. The power of the gospel remains a despised cross where a man long ago was crucified. He was not just an ordinary man. His message was the final words in His dying gasp of forgiveness for the ignorance of men – Forgive! That is power. Glory comes from the blood spilled that day. It is the power of God. Believe. Do not be ashamed.