“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jews first, and also to the Greek.” Rom.1:16
I must say that you who is reading this piece today is in need of this Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Paul as you know was amongst and even the chief persecutor of the early Church. Now a convert, I feel Paul was saying that though he persecuted the Church because in his ignorance he felt it was a mandate from God on him to do so, he felt no shame (embarrassed) preaching this same Gospel he once persecuted.
I also believe that his newness of life in Christ Jesus brought about a major change in him, which his old man could not. Having seen the difference between his old man and new man, Paul sounded it clear to the Church in Rome: “I am proud of the good news…” (CEV.)
He was obviously not proud of this good news, so he did everything possible to stop it as he was proud of another. But manifest changes in his life brought about by what he persecuted compelled him to make this open confession: “I am proud of the good news.”
So what are those manifest changes in his life that this chief persecutor witnessed, which the old could not give? “…it is the power of God unto salvation…”
Salvation through the Gospel of Jesus Christ does not imply salvation of the soul or spirit only. As used here, it implies complete and total deliverance of the spirit, soul and body. This means that by the Gospel man is rescued or saved from eternal or spiritual death, delivered from sicknesses, whatever bondage and all that you know can afflict the spirit, soul and body of man.
Against this backdrop, Paul made it clear that no matter the cost, he would preach this gospel, that he was proud of it, that this gospel has the ability to give life, health and deliverance to all that will believe in it through faith in Jesus Christ, that this is the way God sets man free.
Therefore, I say to you that you need this Gospel. There is no other means by which you can have fullness of life, health, deliverance, etc except through the Gospel of Jesus Christ (John 10:10; 3John 1:2).
If Paul who kicked against the Gospel could turn around to embrace it, why not you? What are you waiting for? You need this Gospel my friend.