From the title, you’ll note I said Romans 1:16a. Next post deals with part b (why do I suddenly feel like a textbook author?). For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes
The gospel is not something to be ashamed (don’t mention embarrassed) of, because it is the way you are given salvation.
Being ashamed of spreading the gospel makes exactly zero sense. Then, Paul explains why: it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes. It is the means by which one is saved. Man, that sounds as stuffy as my history textbook. Let me put it this way: the gospel is how you can get saved. Much better. The gospel of Jesus is the way to God.
It is the way to eternal life.
Okay, step back.
Why would you be ashamed of the very thing that gives life to the world?
Ashamed of telling others of Jesus’ death for them?
Ashamed of explaining where you’ll land if you put your trust in Him?
The gospel is so awesome, so indescribable, so wonderful (all those formerly super descriptive words now are worth 2 cents!) that it makes no sense to hide it from everyone.
Let’s step back again.
What does gospel mean? Good news! If you have good news, you won’t hide it inside yourself and keep it away.
Jesus’ death and resurrection bring us home with Him. They free us from our chains. They give us freedom, they secure our eternal relationship with Him.
You just can’t hide something as cool as that.