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 to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”
The meaning in the word “for” is not so much on the fact that the gospel is for everyone (including the Romans), as true as that might be, but rather on its ability in saving those who believe. I love that Paul had both the truth and the conviction of the gospel and that through the power of the holy spirit he was driven to share the gospel with everyone! Tim Keller says “The gospel is this: We are more sinful and flawed in ourselves than we ever dared believe, yet at the very same time we are more loved and accepted in Jesus Christ than we ever dared hope.”
I’m challenged on a few things from this passage. Do I know and remind myself of the truth of the gospel regularly? And then, does that motivate me to reach out to everyone and share this truth of Jesus Christ? Am I ever ashamed of the Gospel? Am I the same person wherever I go, or do I try to hide my faith in Christ in certain circumstances?
Lord, I pray that you would remind and reveal the truth of the gospel to me again and again. That I might find my foundation firm in you. And then give me boldness to share this truth with others despite whether I’m worried about how they will think of me. Give me your gifts of boldness and love to reach out to others in a way that is both loving and truthful.