Scriptures: Romans 1:15-17, 15:19; Matt. 24:14
In the first part of Romans chapter 1, the Apostle Paul was writing to the believers in Rome and letting them know how eager he was to come to Rome and preach the gospel (v.15). He goes on to say that he is not ashamed of the gospel because it is literally the power of God for salvation to anybody who believes no matter what race, sex, sexual preference, etc. a person may be (v.16).
When Jesus was on Earth, a little bit before Paul was writing this letter, He (Jesus) also preached the gospel. Gospel means “good news” and all this good news points to Jesus. So Paul, like Jesus, preached the Gospel of the Kingdom. What is this Gospel of the Kingdom? Paul said in the chapter 15, that to fully preach the gospel included both words and deeds (like signs, wonders, miracles, healings, deliverances, etc.). Make note that the Gospel of the Kingdom, Christ, or anything else related to God/Jesus is “good news” that included words and actions filled with power from the Holy Spirit.
The gospel as we know it now is that Jesus Christ, Son of God, came down to Earth as fully human and fully God to live a sinless life, to die for the sins of the world and rise three days later having beat sin, death, and hell. What’s mind-blowing about this is that Jesus was preaching this eternal reality even before it had happened on Earth yet! Jesus was able to free people from the sickness, demons, even death before He had taken His own three-day power nap. Jesus understood what is available for all believers now, that He sits in heavenly places and has the resources of Heaven to fix earthly problems.
The Apostle Paul understood this truth and preached this Gospel, this Jesus, in fullness (word and deed) and as this Gospel was received it transformed every place Paul went and released it. In light of that, how could he ever be ashamed of this Gospel when it is the power to destroy darkness wherever it may be living!
Declaration: In the words of Apostle Paul: “I am not ashamed of this Gospel for it is the power of God!”