“I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.” Romans [1:16]
The Ninth Commandment serves as a warning to us about how we talk to one another. We must uphold the truth, and not slander or gossip about one another.
Yet, there is another level to this commandment that has to do with our talk about a greater person—Jesus. Do we bear false witness against the Gospel?
In today’s text from Romans, the Apostle Paul declares triumphantly, “I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.”
Yet, for many today who claim to be Christians, the Gospel is something to hide, ignore, or bypass. Are we guilty of bearing false witness against the Gospel?
We commit this offense, bearing false witness against the Gospel when we:
» Fail to believe that it alone is the power of God for salvation.
» Don’t share the Gospel as the only means of salvation.
» Don’t live lives according to the truth of the Gospel.
» Believe that our works are really what save us, not God’s grace.
» Substitute the Gospel’s power for legalism or therapeutic pep-talks.
The gospel is the power of God for salvation! This requires that God’s people live the Ninth Commandment by upholding, championing, and lovingly proclaiming the Gospel as the sole means by which God saves.
If the Gospel is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, then we should highlight it as often as possible because it is the only power that saves.
Heavenly Father, may I never lose sight of the significance of the Gospel. Empower me to speak boldly and confidently about my Savior, Jesus. Amen
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