Romans 1:16 NIV “ For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.”
Did you ever wonder why the Apostle Paul used the word “ashamed”? I’m sure we’ve all run into it, where someone ridicules the faith of those who believe and trust in Jesus. And throughout all of history, up to this very day, there are many who consider themselves above the intellect of those who trust in Jesus and they still look down or ridicule those who have faith in the spiritual values and truths that Jesus left us.
Sure, most of us know the rebuttals to use including all of the evidence that justifies our faith, but there’s more to it than the evidence. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is more than history, it’s more than just facts and it’s more than what meets the eye. It’s a revelation from our Creator, it’s what goes beyond the material, it’s what brings to our internal hearts the reality or awareness of a greater truth than what our eyes see. And most importantly, it is the beginning of a reborn relationship with our Creator, here, now, today.
God, in the Bible, calls those things that we do that are wrong, sin. I don’t know anyone who actually thinks that everything that they do, or that everything they have ever done, has been done without any malicious intent. The mere fact that all of us instinctively know that certain things are wrong, should in itself bear witness to an internal value system that we have little control over. We live in a material world but we’re more than material. We think and observe and desire and therein lies the problem.
God, in the Bible, tells us that He is Holy. That’s not really a word that most of us can actually grasp because a being or entity that is Holy is more than just good, Holy means not only been good but also having the essence of love and absolute truth that cannot be in the presence of that which is not Holy. The intent of unselfish Holy love is continual, never ending, and most importantly, without unjustified compromise.
And God created this whole material universe, including our galaxy and our planet, so that He could share with His creation, who He is. And He created us, His creation, in His own image. That means that originally we had the capability to be like Him, Holy, not transgressing God’s nature of unaltered righteousness. That means always doing what was within the will of God for us, following his divine will for us, because He is God and God does know best. But one of the essential qualities of love is choice, the ability to choose, the ability to willingly remain in that Holy relationship. True love is maintained not with chains but with ties to the heart. Being created in His image also means that even though we are material beings, we are also spiritual beings. We live not only in the material but also in the spiritual realm, we have an internal spiritual soul. We think, we observe and we desire. And because we think, observe and desire, that communion of love and being uncompromisingly Holy was broken and we became unholy, we trusted in our own foresight, our own decisions and our own wisdom. We became our own gods.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is God’s answer or solution to the consequences of our decision that we became. Throughout the history of mankind there have been many attempts to regain what we one had, derived in our own minds as a means to gain again what we had lost. That’s religion. Where by doing A, B and C we can obtain D. The problem is, try as we might, we can’t do A, B and C. Then there is the Gospel of Jesus Christ, where God Himself did for us, what we in ourselves could never do.
1 Corinthians 1:18 NIV “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”
What follows comes from the gotquestions.org website and answers the question: “What is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Question: “What is the gospel of Jesus Christ?”
Answer: The word gospel means “good news,” so the gospel of Christ is the good news of His coming to provide forgiveness of sins for all who will believe (Colossians 1:14; Romans 10:9). Since the first man’s sin, mankind has been under the condemnation of God (Romans 5:12). Because everyone breaks God’s perfect law by committing sin (Romans 3:23), everyone is guilty (Romans 5:18). The punishment for the crime of sin is physical death (Romans 6:23) and then an eternity spent in a place of punishment (Revelation 20:15; Matthew 25:46). This eternal separation from God is also called the “second death” (Revelation 20:14–15).
The bad news that all are guilty of sin and condemned by God is countered by the gospel, the good news of Jesus Christ. God, because of His love for the world, has made a way for man to be forgiven of their sins (John 3:16). He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to take the sins of mankind on Himself through death on a cross (1 Peter 2:24). In placing our sin on Christ, God ensured that all who will believe in the name of Jesus will be forgiven (Acts 10:43). Jesus’ resurrection guarantees the justification of all who believe (Romans 4:25).
The Bible specifies the content of the gospel message: “Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time” (1 Corinthians 15:1–6). In this passage, Paul emphasizes the primacy of the gospel—it is of “first importance.” The gospel message contains two historical facts, both supported by Scripture: Christ’s death and His resurrection. Both those facts are bolstered by other proofs: Christ’s death is proved by His burial, and His resurrection is proved by the eyewitnesses.
The gospel of Jesus Christ is the good news that God provided the way for man to be freed from the penalty of sin (John 14:6; Romans 6:23). But not all people will be saved from hell; only those who place their faith in Jesus will go to heaven when they die (Acts 4:12).
The gospel of Jesus Christ is the best news anyone will ever hear, and what a person does with this news will determine where he or she spends eternity. God is calling you to choose life. Call on the name of the Lord and be saved (Romans 10:13).
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!