Today’s message will study the heart and mind of a man who was totally committed to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Apostle Paul.
Many esteem Paul as the greatest Christian who ever lived.
The Apostle Paul wrote the book of Romans.
Paul made three “I am” statements in these verses.
(1) “I am debtor.”
(2) “I am ready.”
(3) “I am not ashamed.”
When we put these three statements together, we understand what motivated the Apostle Paul.
When Paul met the Lord Jesus on the road to Damascus and asked the Lord two questions:
i) “Who are You, Lord?”
ii) “What would You have me to do?”
If we will ask these same two questions of the Lord, get the answers from Him, and then follow Him correctly, we will then understand what life is all about.
Know who Jesus is and what He would have you to do.
Paul quickly learned that he was a Debtor.
I AM A DEBTOR
“I am debtor.”
Paul saw himself as a debtor.
First to Lord Jesus Christ,
Paul saw himself as a bond slave.
A bond slave was someone who had been purchased and then wanted to serve his master willingly and voluntarily.
We are bondslaves to the Lord Jesus Christ.
Salvation is free to us because Jesus paid it all.
We are debtors to the one who hung in agony and bleed on the cross for us.
We cannot pay for our salvation.
We owed a debt we could not pay and He paid a debt that He did not owe.
Not only was Paul a debtor to Christ but he said he was a debtors to those around him.
Paul was a debtor to other.
When he refers to the Greeks and the barbarians, Paul is talking about the cultured and the non-cultured.
He is talking about the free and the slaved.
He is talking about the educated and the not so educated.
He is talking about the rich and the poor.
Paul is saying that everyone needs to know Jesus.
Freely we have received; we are to freely give.
We have been saved by the grace of God.
Jesus paid it all, and all to Him we owe.
We need a compassion for lost people.
We have a responsibility to tell others about Jesus.
So, do you see yourself as a debtor to Christ and to others?
Paul did and with that he made himself ready.
I AM READY
We must understand that we are debtors, and as a result, we must be ready.
“I am ready.”
Obviously, Paul was ready to live for Christ.
We must be ready to live.
Paul didn’t just say that he lived for Christ, he said that life is Christ.
That a big difference.
To see life, your life in this way changes everything.
Is there anything different about your life?
Does your neighbor see a quality in your life that would cause him to question what’s different about you?
We are not ready to live for Christ until we are ready to die for Christ.
We must be ready to die.
This does not mean that we want to die for Him; that would be a martyr complex.
The Apostle Paul loved life, and yet he was not afraid to die.
The Apostle Paul was ready to die.
We must be ready to go.
Are you ready to go?
We are all a going bunch, we like to go here and there.
But most of our goings has to do with our own self interest.
If the Lord were to speak to you today, would you say, “Yes, Lord, yes?”
Are you ready to live, ready to die if necessary, or ready to go?
And not half-hearted, but with all that is within you?
I AM NOT ASHAMED
There was so much opposition to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, but Paul wasn’t fearful about the Gospel.
“I am not ashamed.”
Paul was not ashamed of the person of the Gospel.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ was identified with a poor, Jewish carpenter who was crucified.
Paul went to Rome, the Imperial city with all of its might, power, and armies, to talk with them about a Jew.
The Romans had no appreciation for the Jews, especially one who was not a philosopher but a crucified carpenter.
Rome was a proud city.
(much like America is today)
The Gospel came out of Jerusalem, not Rome.
Even for the Jew, “Could anything good come out of Nazareth.”
Why should Rome listen to anything that came out of a conquered place?
The Christians were not considered the “big shots” of that day.
As hard as evangelism is today I could imagine it was even harder in Paul's day.
Early Christians didn’t have a lot a philosophers, generals, or wealthy people among their ranks.
They were considered the scum of the Earth of that day.
When Paul went to Rome, he went as a prisoner.
Yet, he did not hang his head in shame.
Paul was bold for the Lord Jesus.
(1) Are you ashamed of the Gospel?
(2) Are you ashamed to invite people to Jesus Christ?
We ought to be open and bold for the Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
(1) His name is above every name.
Paul was not ashamed of the purpose of the Gospel.
The purpose: unto salvation.
There is nothing else that can save a damned soul.
The Gospel is not intended to save civilization from wreckage, but to save people from the wreckage of civilization.
Jesus came to seek and to save that which was lost.
What does lost mean - If the don't have a personal faith relationship with Jesus Christ you are lost.
There are all kinds of losses, but how tragic it would be to lose your soul.
How can we be ashamed of the Gospel when the power of the Gospel is the only thing that can help this world today?
The Gospel is the only thing that can make alcoholics sober.
It is the only thing that can make adulterers pure.
It is the only thing that can give a hope to the hopeless.
Without the Gospel of Jesus Christ, there is no hope.
Paul wasn’t ashamed of the power of the Gospel.