Why should I share the gospel?
Resuming the Book of Romans from chapter 1
1:16 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. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”
Vs 16 says ‘it is the power of God’ and in it (the gospel) is the righteousness of God, which is revealed from one step of faith to another. This is how God wants to bring righteous people to life. Sin led people to death and everything got corroded because of their sin. Now we are going to see an unpacking of that sin nature in the rest of the chapter 1. Then he says, the righteous ones will come alive because of their faith. So death and life comes first, the result of death and life is your lifestyle. You’re dead hence your lifestyle is dead, if you’re alive, your lifestyle will be alive. Your lifestyle only points back and proves whether you’re dead or alive. Your lifestyle doesn’t lead to death or life.
The wages of sin is death. We didn’t do that, Adam did that, and in Adam we all died. Then we continued to lead a lifestyle of death, separated from God (he explains that in the next few verses). However, in Christ, we have been made alive. Now that we’ve been made alive, it results in a believer- a lifestyle that is lively not psychologically or personally lively, but a life-giving livelihood.
In the self-extracting power of the gospel, there is a power to bring people to the faith.
For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”
Belief and faith is what gives righteousness from God. Until I have that faith, until I have that righteousness, I cannot trust in Christ or in His work. The gospel of God is rarely shared on a day to day basis because we don’t understand the power of the gospel.
Paul said, ‘For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes’.
Here’s how it works; you’re saying I will not share it with my colleague because they do not seem to be showing any faith and they won’t trust what I’m saying. Paul is saying, ‘They won’t!’ Because faith comes from within the gospel; the gospel reveals God’s righteousness from faith to faith. When I share the gospel with someone, the gospel releases in him a certain amount of faith to hear the gospel. Until I share the gospel with him, he has no capacity to even trust me because faith comes from hearing and hearing from the Word of God. I can’t decide, in the sharing of the gospel, who will and will not believe! Because it is the gospel itself that will give them the capacity to believe the gospel. Before sharing the gospel with someone, I have decided that they are not the believing type, they are not open and also to spare myself some embarrassment but the gospel needs to be shared.
The gospel is a torch and all these people are sinners living in darkness. I shine the light on each one of you, and the light exposes the state of your heart: are you going to believe or not? The light allows you to see the righteousness of God. The light will allow you to make a decision. Until I shine a light, you will not be in a position to even make a decision. Our job as witnesses, is to shine the light, so that people are brought to place where the gospel can do something for them. It brings them to a point where they ask, “Should I believe or not?” After that, what they choose is between them and God. Why do we shy away from presenting the gospel of God? Why is the gospel not proudly proclaimed?
Paul says I’m not ashamed of the gospel for in it, not in me. Paul says he is the greatest of sinners and in need of greatest forgiveness. In his own standing, he says he’s nothing but for the grace of God. Therefore, when he presented the gospel, he disappeared, so that the spotlight won’t be on him. The focus is not on you! You believe in the power of the gospel, not yourself. If you’re living in deliberate sin and you are living as the enemy of the cross, then your body is not the temple of the living God and you are not dedicated. You will effectively render yourself ill-equipped, in your own mind, to share the gospel. So the chances of someone getting saved by the power of the gospel, which you have nothing to do with, is limited because you have already disqualified yourself. Subsequently, there is a place for us to walk holy and humbly. True, the point exists where Paul says he’s not ashamed of the gospel, he’s ashamed of himself. That’s where the Christian is a good hypocrite. Because in himself, he’s trying to get his life together but he’s presenting the gospel which hangs on Jesus Christ.