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Not Ashamed

John Collins02/10/2012In the book of Romans, Paul describes his commission for spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He described his audience to be everyone, from the Greek which was well known to be a culture full of wisdom and knowledge, to the Barbarians which were known to possess little or no knowledge of the day. He admitted that he had purposed in his heart to spread the gospel to Rome some time before, and leads you to believe that there was some question as to whether or not he was afraid of bringing his teachings to Rome.

In response, he replied, "I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth." Though Paul knew that he would have an unwelcome reception in Rome, he was not afraid or ashamed to bring the Truth to the Romans. Jesus Christ had died for their sins, and salvation was available to everyone who accepted Jesus as their savior and believed on Christ.

To judge a man was, in Paul's words, "inexcusable". No man was without sin, so any man who judged another was just as guilty of sin as the one they judged. As consolation to those under judgement, he proclaimed that their continual patience in seeking for glory, honor, immortality, and eternal life was for everyone. God is not a respecter of persons.

We should take this as our example today. There are many Christians in the churches across the world, and many pastors preaching to the saved. Who is preaching to the lost? Who sits with the drunkard as he sits mourning some tragedy, or reasons with the drug addict who cannot break his addiction? How many people are rejected and avoided because they are Islamic, Hindi, or Buddhist? 

Paul was not stagnant, not preaching in a church of saved Christians. Paul had put on the full armor of God, and was not afraid to preach to those born into idolatry. Paul was not ashamed. 

As Christians, we should ask ourselves: are we spreading the Gospel to the sinners, or are we ashamed of the Gospel and preaching it to the saints?