Do you know Jesus? In today’s woke and worried world, living out faith in Jesus can stir up emotional responses. Here’s why we should never be ashamed to say the name of Jesus and live out serving Him.
Even though I love every book of the Bible, Romans has such a special place in my heart! The more I read it and meditate on it, the more I know God, love Him, and grow in faith! Today let’s talk about one of the main themes of this glorious book and why I am not ashamed!
The book of Romans was God-inspired and written down by Paul. Paul was a Jew born just after Jesus’ crucifixion. Let’s get a little background into the one who wrote down this God-breathed book.
Paul was born in Tarsus of Cilicia, a Roman province on the southeastern coast of Turkey. He was born a Hebrew of the tribe of Benjamin, and he, by virtue of being born in Tarsus, was a Roman citizen. His given name was Saul. Paul was educated in Jerusalem under the best teachers of the day. Paul was a Pharisee, a good God-fearing Jew.
As an adult, Paul traveled to Jerusalem, where he became zealous in persecuting a new group of Jews called “The Way.” These were the early believers of Jesus Christ and the new church formed after the ascension of Jesus to heaven. It was on a trip to Damascus to round up some of the new Christians who fled there from persecution that Paul met the risen Savior Jesus Christ in person.
Jesus appeared to Saul and literally knocked him off his horse. It was on that road to Damascus that Saul’s heart was changed forever, and he took on the name Paul which means little. His conversion to Christianity was astonishing. Paul became a devout follower of Jesus! Fourteen books of the Bible are attributed to the hand of Paul.
The book of Romans is really an epistle or letter. Its original name was the Epistle to the Romans but shortened to Romans. Romans is the treatise of the gospel. It is a long book taking a systematic and comprehensive look at the salvation that is offered to all people by God.
Romans is a masterpiece in the Bible and in all of literature!
I boldly can proclaim God’s salvation to all people because I am not ashamed of this great, free, and awe-inspiring gift God lays out before us in Romans!
Paul’s Message To The Romans
Paul says it best…
FOR I AM NOT ASHAMED OF THE GOSPEL, FOR IT IS THE POWER OF GOD FOR SALVATION TO EVERYONE WHO BELIEVES, TO THE JEW FIRST AND ALSO TO THE GREEK.
FOR IN IT IS THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD IS REVEALED FROM FAITH TO FAITH, AS IT IS WRITTEN, “BUT THE RIGHTEOUS MAN SHALL LIVE BY FAITH. ” ROMANS 1:16-17
These are such beautiful and true words. But they are also heavy and not easy to understand! Let’s break the first part of these verses down and use today’s language to understand the amazing truth Paul was inspired to write…
FOR I AM NOT ASHAMED…
Ashamed means just what it says. Not embarrassed, dishonored, displaced, misplaced confidence or support, humiliated, wrongly aligned with.
Paul is not ASHAMED OF THE
Literally, the good news. The Greek word is euaggelizo (pronounced yoo-ang-ghel-id’-zo). It comes from two Greek words, eu, meaning good or well, and angello meaning herald, or to pronounce a good message. The gospel means to tell the good and complete message about the Lord Jesus Christ.
So, we see that Paul is not ashamed of proclaiming the good and complete message about Jesus Christ.
FOR IT IS THE POWER OF GOD FOR SALVATION
The gospel, the good and complete news of Jesus Christ (His life, death on the cross, resurrection, and salvation), is the POWER OF GOD…
The word power is the Greek word dunamai. It’s where we get our word dynamite! What an amazing and truthful word picture of the power of the gospel! The gospel has dynamite power! The gospel is entirely able to accomplish …
Salvation is the idea of being in mortal danger and then being completely and wholly delivered into safety.
Mankind is in mortal danger without God. Whether we acknowledge it or not, it does not change the truth that all humanity is separated from God. And if we die separated from Him, we will spend eternity without Him. There is no way that we can mend this separation because our sin is what separates us from God! And sin is so against God that the payment for sinning is death.
Jesus, God’s only Son, wiped all of the sins of the world away by dying in our place on the cross. He and only He offers us the FREE gift of taking us from eternal separation and delivering us into the safety of God’s eternal arms!
TO EVERYONE WHO BELIEVES
The free gift of salvation is offered to everyone! Every single person. No matter how good or bad or in between you are. Salvation is offered to EVERYONE! There is absolutely NO exclusion.
We receive this gift by believing. So what exactly is believing? Knowing what true belief is is really a matter of life and death!
What Is True, Saving Belief
Believing, according to the Bible, is…
- An accent to a belief. In other words, we acknowledge and have a strong intellectual conviction of the good news. We believe that the good news is true. But it can’t stop there. The book of James tells us that even the demon believe in God and shudder. Just saying “I believe in God” is not true belief, but it is the first step!
- A surrender to those beliefs: We must not only acknowledge that Jesus is our Lord, Creator, and Owner, but we must bow our knee in submission to Him. What a sweet surrender it is! We surrender by confessing our sins and turning back to God. Confession is always a part of believing. I can tell you my life is entirely different and superbly better since I have accepted God’s free gift of eternal life through Jesus!
- Now, the third step is done by God. It is a life that reflects that belief. GOD will start changing you! You just keep believing and submitting or obeying God, and He will change your life! What an amazing change it will be. I am not at all the person I was before I believed at the age of 33, and I thank God every day!
True belief is such an important, life-saving, life-changing topic!
To know more about what true belief really is, see WHAT DOES REAL FAITH MEAN
The next part of Romans 1:16 says
Continuing Pauls Message
TO THE JEW FIRST AND ALSO TO THE GREEK
Jesus came to planet Earth and died a horrible death on the cross as He bore the sins of the world on Himself to offer salvation to the entire world. Every single person. Every person of all ages, past, present, and future.
He died for you and me.
But the good news, the news that has dynamite power in it to change our lives, was first given or told to the Jews. Jesus was born a Jew, and Jesus first told the Jews about the salvation He offered.
The Last Words Of Jesus
In Jesus’ day, there were two divisions of people, Jews and Gentiles. If you were not a Jew, you were a Gentile. So everyone in the world who was not a Jew was called a Gentile. Gentiles were also known as Greeks.
After the good news of salvation came to the Jews first, it spread to the rest of the whole world! Jesus’ last words on earth were to His Jewish disciples…
“GO, THEREFORE AND MAKE DISCIPLES OF ALL NATIONS, BAPTIZING THEM IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER AND THE SON AND THE HOLY SPIRIT, TEACHING THEM TO OBSERVE ALL I COMMAND YOU; AND LO, I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS, EVEN TO THE END OF THE AGE. Matthew 28:19-20.
The Good News
The good news of the Gospel is the power of salvation for all people at all times! For me and for you!
This is why I write “Sunday Scripture” every week. This is why I am not ashamed! This is why I am not shaken and have peace.
I know that I may not be politically correct (and honestly, I could care less about that), and what I say might be uncomfortable to some and convicting to others. But I am compelled as a disciple of Jesus to speak the truth and speak it in love.
It is God who has blessed me with this platform and not anything I have done.
I can tell you how to set a pretty table, but what is the eternal value of that? I can show you how I decorate my home, but what is more important?
Isn’t pointing people to the Lover of their souls of much greater value? Sharing the good news is a matter of eternal life or death!
God is love, and His word is a love letter to the world. His salvation is the most perfect single act of love! Why would we ever be ashamed?
My great honor is sharing the good news of Jesus Christ, God’s job is to do the saving!
Be bold! Be loving! We have a great Savior, and we need to tell everyone we know! For I am not ashamed of the gospel! I pray you are not ashamed as well.