How would you feel if your spouse was ashamed of you? You wouldn’t like it, would you? Neither would I. And if it makes us feel bad, imagine how it affects our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
The gospel is the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ (1 Cor 15:1-4). Paul wrote to the saints at Rome is the statement: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believes; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek” (Rom 1:16). Many are the times when Paul exhibited his stand for the truth against error, even in the face of opposition and persecution.
One should be ashamed to be ashamed of the gospel of Christ. Jesus Christ gave up his life on the cross for us that we might have the opportunity of eternal life (Acts 20:28). Even so, such seems to be the case with many in the world today, and many in the Lord’s church. Paul’s love for the truth and the souls of men led him to not be ashamed or afraid of the “power of God to save.” And, so it should be with men today, and so it is with all who have the proper love and respect for both the truth and the souls of all mankind. This love will prompt men to stand for the truth at every opportunity, and will cause them always to appeal to truth, and not to human prejudice nor the devices of men.
Truth has nothing to fear, is aggressive and unrelenting, and those who hold to the truth for the love of the truth, have no fear of that which they have embraced. “But he that obeys the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be made known, that they are worked in God” (Jn 3:21). Thus, where there is any difference, doubt, or question, truth will deal with it openly instead of trying to conceal it.
When a man’s aim is to know and abide in truth, he is willing to hear the truth, and is also willing to have his teaching examined and discussed openly. Jesus said, “For everyone that does evil hates the light, neither comes to the light, lest his deeds be corrected” (Jn 3:20).
Are you ashamed of the gospel of Christ? This is why Jesus made this very bold statement: “Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven” (Matt 10:32-33). If we are ashamed of Christ, we cannot become a Christian, nor can we remain one. “For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when He comes in His own glory, and in His Father’s, and of the holy angels” (Lk 9:26)
There is only one Lord, one faith, and one baptism (Eph 4:5). If we are ashamed of the gospel by which we are all saved, we don’t right to eternal life. The word by which the gospel is preached will endure forever (1 Pet 1:25). It is by that word we shall all be judged (Rom 2:16 f; Jn 12:48). Therefore, study the Word (2 Tim 2:15), obey the Word (Jn 14:15), preach the Word (2 Tim 4:2-5), prove the Word (1 Thess 5:21), defend the Word (Philip 1:15-18), contend for the faith (Jude 18), and never be ashamed of the gospel of our salvation (Eph 1:13)!