I Am Not Ashamed’ (2)
‘I am not ashamed of the Gospel…’ Romans 1:16 NKJV
As a follower of Christ you can also say, ‘I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes…’ Our Gospel is not education or sophistication, but salvation. It’s not reformation or rehabilitation, but redemption from the penalty and the power of sin. The Bible says, ‘If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation: old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new’ (2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV). This is not the old car with a new set of plugs, points and a carburettor; it’s a brand new model. Notice the words, ‘For everyone who believes.’ By placing your trust in Christ you are forgiven from all sin, clothed in Christ’s righteousness, made fully acceptable in God’s sight, and qualified for Heaven.
You ask, ‘How long does a prayer for salvation have to be?’ The thief on the cross prayed only nine words: ‘…Lord, remember me when You come into Your Kingdom’ (Luke 23:42 NKJV). The tax collector in the temple prayed only seven words: ‘…God, be merciful to me, a sinner’ (Luke 18:13 NKJV). When Peter was sinking in the Sea of Galilee he only had time for three words: ‘…Lord, save me’ (Matthew 14:30 NKJV)! And the good news is – Christ saved them all.
You ask, ‘How do I receive this life-changing power?’ By faith! ‘For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. As the Scripture says, “Anyone who trusts in Him will never be put to shame”‘ (Romans 10:10-11 NIV).
Gen 28:1 – 30:24, John 15:5-17, Ps 14, Pr 31:22-24