“For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, for it is the power of salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek” (Romans 1:16).

The first question we need to ask is, “what is the Gospel?” The Gospel is that wonderful good news that Jesus has paid for our sins on the cross and three days later rose from the dead. Eternal life is offered to anyone who will by faith accept God’s great gift. It is the power of salvation!

Why does the Scripture then say “for the Jew first and also for the Greek?” The reason is that God had promised Abraham that “through him all the nations of the world would be blessed.” Jesus, the Messiah, comes through the Jewish line and offers salvation to all people. (Note: the word “Greek” here is used synonymously with “Gentile” as in any non-Jew.)

We should not be ashamed of this beautiful truth. It offers hope to all. At the same time, not being ashamed of the Gospel is not a license to beat people over the head with it. We need to live in such a way to make the Gospel believable to the people who hear it, because they have seen it played out in our lives – by our love – by our actions – by our words. Let the joy and peace of Christ overflow out of your hearts and to those around you today.