I’m Not Ashamed of the Gospel Part 2

Consider what Paul had to go through before he could boldly state that golden statement of faith of Christianity:

“Are they servants of Christ? (I am out of my mind to talk like this.) I am more. I have worked much harder, been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely, and been exposed to death again and again.  Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea, I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my own countrymen, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false brothers. I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked. Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches. Who is weak, and I do not feel weak? Who is led into sin, and I do not inwardly burn?

If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness. The God and Father of the Lord Jesus, who is to be praised forever, knows that I am not lying. In Damascus the governor under King Aretas had the city of the Damascenes guarded in order to arrest me. But I was lowered in a basket from a window in the wall and slipped through his hands” 2 Corinthians 11:23-27.

Now you should ask yourself this question again and with much care: are you ashamed of the Gospel? A quick and emotional NOO!!! NEVER!!! can liken you to Peter, who boasted of his own strength without having his faith tested (John 13:36-40) and who “wept bitterly” once he had denied the Lord who chose him (Luke 22:47-62) after having openly proclaimed to the Lord he would die with Him. Nevertheless, Peter repented, Judas did not. There is a difference. But Peter’s faith was tested through fire and beyond, imagine the agony that took over his heart from then until the Lord restored him (John 15:19). And what sort of comfort did the Lord give him! He promised him death and persecution! Peter did not care anymore, all he wanted was one more chance to show his Lord he was ready to die for Him, that he was not ashamed of the gospel! And we see Peter’s powerful transformation in Acts 2 when he gives his powerful speech in the day of Pentecost.
What does it mean to not be ashamed of the gospel? To ask an audience at a “Christian” concert if they are ashamed of the gospel? I can imagine the apostles rolling in their graves if they would see such a thing, they suffered and were martyred for the gospel! And lived for it and that alone! Don’t be hasty to boast about your works to God, for:
“But we are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags; we all fade as a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away” Isaiah 64:6
“For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake” Phillipians 1:29
Don’t treat the Gospel lightly. Here’s a quote I heard from a sermon:
“Before we see the cross as something done FOR us, leading to faith and worship, we must see the cross as something done BY us, leading to repentance. Only the person willing to take his share in the guilt of the cross can be a partaker of His Grace.”
…for the Gospel is the power of God to save! You do not need spotlights or flashy bands or outfits and new trends of modernism now invading the precious Church of Christ! Amaris, a very dear friend of mine, said this while talking about this subject one day:
“Preach the gospel! the true gospel! There is no such thing as a perfect preacher, but there is a perfect Gospel, preach it right!”

“We have an unchanging gospel, which is not today green grass and tomorrow dry hay; but always the abiding truth of the immutable Jehovah.” (C.H. Spurgeon)

“If the Lord’s bearing our sin for us is not the gospel, I have no gospel to preach.” (C.H. Spurgeon)

“The heart of the gospel is redemption, and the essence of redemption is the substitutionary sacrifice of Christ.” (C.H. Spurgeon)

“When we preach Christ crucified, we have no reason to stammer, or stutter, or hesitate, or apologize; there is nothing in the gospel of which we have any cause to be ashamed.” (C.H. Spurgeon)


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