Tuesday, October 21, 2014

I Am Not Ashamed!

In Romans 1:16 Paul writes: “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.” (Gentiles)

The whole epistle of Romans is the story of God’s plan of redemption in Christ. It is a detailed description of Christ’s work and its implication for all Christians, as well as the Gospel’s application to our everyday life.

The book describes the many blessings we have through Christ: reconciliation to God (5:11); righteousness and eternal life (5:18-21); identification with Him in His death, burial, and resurrection (6:3-5); freedom from condemnation (8:1); eternal inheritance (8:17); suffering with Him (8:17); being glorified with Him (8:17); being made like Him (8:29).

Paul declared that he made it “his aim to preach the Gospel” (15:20) and stated that “in many signs and wonders by the power of the Spirit of God - I have fully preached the Gospel of Christ.” (15:19)

LANDMARK TRUTH: Signs and Wonders!

Jesus sent His church out to “heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, and cast out demons. Freely you received, so freely give.” (Matthew 10:8) Jesus ‘ church was not created for self-indulging, but for conquerors that would follow Jesus’ footsteps.

Jesus’ ministry was measured by the fruit it produced, that would be trained for His ministry. “You did not choose me, I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit, and your fruit should remain.” (John 15:16)

So every born-again Christian that wants to follow Jesus might want to start to get ready, because Jesus is moving His church to the position of victory! “The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what the riches of the glory of His inheritance is in the saints.” (Ephesians 1:18)

It is not the time for the church to be focused on ourselves. Our focus must be on the unsaved. The lost are still looking for what Christ has to offer, but not just by-laws, creeds, statements of faith without actions, Bible lessons on what they do wrong, or condemnation for all their mistakes.

The church must not block the view of those who are looking for a real Jesus! We must “not be ashamed” to love them to Christ and offer them healing, forgiveness, and deliverance. Setting the captive free is still the heart and the hope of the gospel of Jesus Christ!