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.
The Gospel. It is a commonly used word but what exactly does it mean? For many, it is means propaganda to champion a cause of their interest. In the Bible it means the good news of Jesus Christ. The gospel is all about Jesus Christ—who He is and what He did and still does. Any message, however inspiring it may be, that does is not focus on the person and work of Jesus Christ is not the Gospel.
“Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel,” Apostle Paul proclaims (2 Timothy 2:8). In another place he asserts, “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” (1 Corinthians 15:1-4). Apostle Peter standing before the Sanhedrin—the highest religious council of Jerusalem—on accusations of preaching a message contrary to their religious beliefs, he proclaimed: “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). Friends, this is the gospel; plain and clear. It’s simple but profound.
Paul makes a bold statement about his passion for the gospel: “I am not ashamed of the gospel” (verse 16). He knows what he is talking about. The Gospel is the good news of salvation. He is not ashamed of the claims of the gospel because they are true. The Gospel is the transforming, life-changing power of God that brings salvation. It brings wholeness, restoration, and freedom from sin and its effects. It is universal—available to “everyone who believes.” Faith is the access point to the saving power of God.
By believing the Gospel, we are saved. By preaching the Gospel, we make God’s salvation available to His people. If you have not believed it, believe it! If you have believed it, preach it!