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. - Romans 1:16 NASB
The apostle Paul was previously known as Saul, the persecutor of Christians. He was raised and trained as a Pharisee, a strict religious sect within Judaism. Saul was involved in the stoning death of Stephen, a follower of Jesus Christ. Saul went on to seek more Christians to persecute and kill for their faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ. To put it succinctly, Saul was religiously zealous for Judaism.
This all changed, however, when Saul personally encountered Jesus on the road to Emmaus. Saul, persecutor of Christianity, became Paul, apostle for Christianity. This conversion was so profound, Paul became a prominent apostle among early Christians. He established numerous churches throughout the Roman Empire, and he authored over 1/3 of the New Testament.
Nonetheless, Paul experienced his share of persecutions for his newfound faith. He was imprisoned, beaten, shipwrecked, ridiculed, and eventually killed for his faith. In spite of this, however, he persevered as a bold witness for the Christian faith.
Without question, Paul's encounter with Jesus had a profound impact on his life. The direction of his life was radically changed forever. From that point on, he was a bold witness for the gospel of Jesus Christ. In fact, as today's verse shows, he was not ashamed of the gospel. He rightly credited the gospel for the power of God to salvation.
The word "gospel" literally means "good news." This "good news" in it's simplest form is that Jesus lived a sinless life, yet layed down His life for the sins of mankind. He died upon a cross, was buried bodily, and was resurrected three days later, thereby ratifying the payment for sin. Now, anyone who puts their faith in His sacrifice and submits to His Lordship will have their sins forgiven, and will inherent eternal life. This is good news!
As Paul wrote, this good news is the power of God to save all who receive it from an eternal punishment in Hell. This was offered first to the Jew, but now it is available to all. This includes all races, socioeconomic groups, male and female, EVERYONE!!!
This is the good news Paul was not ashamed to share with the world. Are you?
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