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 the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith, as it is written, “the righteousness shall live by faith” (Romans 1:16-17)
What does it mean to be unashamed of the Gospel?
If you asked me this question a couple years ago, my answer may have been something like this “It means to preach the Gospel to everyone without caring what they think”. As you might know or have experienced yourself, as we progress in our walk with the Lord, He often gives us a fuller view of scriptural truths in His Word. That’s exactly what I experienced in regards to this verse. Was my answer from a couple years ago wrong? No, but my answer was not complete. My previous application of this verse was specifically related to act of evangelism, but I believe God calls us to a broader application of this verse. Let me give you one example of what I mean, I have noticed a tendency in some Christians to compromise what they believe in order to seem “normal” to non-Christians. One of the major places I see this compromise taking place is in regards to the Gospel, specifically the watering down of the Gospel in some form or another. I believe this to be a clear act opposing what God has command of us which is to not be ashamed of the Gospel. Unfortunately, I have been guilty of this myself in the past.
If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed (Galatians 1:9, ESV).
As Christians, we are commanded to hold strong to the truths of the Gospel in daily life not just when we’re sharing the Gospel with a hostile unbeliever, but also in the face of other Christians seeking to water down the Gospel in order to make it more mainstream. Our sin, Jesus righteousness and His death on the cross, the necessity of repentance and faith in Jesus, are all Gospel truths that we should never be ashamed of and never stop living out in daily life. The question then becomes how do we unashamedly live for Christ in every aspect of life? This applies differently to each one of us, in each of our different contexts. I would encourage you to seek what the Lord would have you change in your own life, that you may better display the Gospel because it is the power of God for salvation!
Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord or of me His prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God. (2 Timothy 1:8)