The Just Live by Faith
Not Ashamed of the Gospel of Christ
by J.M. Troppello
This passage from Romans is short but powerful. It’s titled The Just Live by Faith in my NKJV Bible. I love how Paul starts this passage. For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ. That got me thinking. Am I ashamed of the Gospel of Christ?
I can emphatically say no that I’m not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ. At least not these days. However, when I got saved at the age of 14, I wasn’t ashamed either. I just was not as vocal with my faith because I was scared of how my testimony would be perceived by my fellow classmates.
Then after a youth group retreat, I had a deeper experience with God. I started feeling bolder about my faith. I began bringing my Bible to high school and reading it during my lunch hour in the cafeteria. I was scared but took that step of faith. God opened the door for me to then have deep conversations about my faith on the bus ride home with a classmate who was not saved. She didn’t get saved at that time. We lost touch through the years, but I know that the seeds were planted in her heart.
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.” (Romans 1:16-17, NKJV)
The Thomas Nelson Study Bible (TNSB) dissects this short passage and refers to the fact that the “New Testament speaks of salvation in the past tense, the present tense, and the future tense.”
1. Salvation (Past Tense)
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, (Eph. 2:8, NKJV)
As a Christian, you have been saved from the penalty of sin, which is death. It’s not of your own works. You have been saved by the faith in Jesus’s death on the cross and subsequent resurrection.
2. Salvation (Present Tense)
For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. (2 Cor. 2:15, NKJV)
Believers are currently being saved from the power of sin. “In 2 Cor. 2:14, the fragrance was the knowledge of Christ. In v 15, it was Paul, who was a sweet smell to God for his faithfulness in preaching the Gospel” (TNSB). Verse 14 says: Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. So, God diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place through us. We are the fragrance of Christ to God in this world of those who are saved and those who are perishing.
3. Salvation (Future Tense)
And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. (Romans 13:11, NKJV)
By getting saved, you will be saved from the presence of sin. “Salvation here refers to the future, when believers will be saved from the presence of sin. Thus salvation here speaks of the imminent return of Christ.”
As a Christian, you’ve been saved, you are currently being saved from the power of sin, and you will be saved from the presence of sin when you get to Heaven. Through Christ, and the power of the Holy Spirit, sin no longer has a hold on you.
Are you ashamed of the Gospel of Christ?
Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.
About the Author
J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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