In the first fifteen verses of this chapter, Paul introduces himself, greets the Christians based in Rome and expresses his desire to visit Rome. He then goes on to state that he is not ashamed of the Gospel.
Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ
Paul identifies himself as a servant of Christ in the specific role of an apostle. He goes on to say that his role is to spread the gospel of Christ who was promised in the scripture. This Christ was a descendant of David and was shown to be the Messiah by the things He did while on earth and His resurrection after death.
In a world that is in so much need of Jesus Christ, what ministry have you been called to? John 4:34-35 says, “Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work. Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.” There is work that needs to be done.
I am not ashamed of the Gospel
Affirming belief in the Gospel today will elicit the same reaction from the world as it back when this book was written. You are prone to be labelled bigoted, unsophisticated, parochial, and unintelligent. The world would like you to be ashamed of the Gospel but like Paul, we are not to be ashamed because we have seen it’s power in our own lives and the longer we remain in faith the more reason we receive from God to believe in Him.