They looked to Him and were radiant, and their faces were not ashamed. (Ps 34:5)
I will speak of Your testimonies also before kings, and will not be ashamed. (Ps 119:46)
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. (Rom 1:16)
For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” (Rom 10:11)
For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day. (2 Tim 1:12)
One thing we learn from all of these passages is that faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ will never make us ashamed—nor should it! The gospel of Jesus Christ is something that we should be honored to share with others, because it is our calling.
All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. (2 Cor. 5:18-20 – emphasis added)
This Scripture reminds us that we are ALL called as the Lord’s representatives. It’s not only ministers or apostles that have this ministry of reconciliation and the role of Christ’s ambassadors—all of us believers do! Additional Bible verses that demonstrate this responsibility are Matthew 5:14-16, 1 Peter 3:15, Philippians 2:14-16, Colossians 4:5-6 and 1 Peter 2:9.
Let’s take special note of the next passages that state that Jesus is not ashamed to call us His brethren, and that God is not ashamed to be called our God!
For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren . . . (Heb 2:11)
But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them. (Heb 11:16)
Isn’t that wonderful and beautiful to be reminded of?
Hebrews 2:11 additionally points out that the Sanctifier and the sanctified are united—bonded together! We are our Beloved’s and He is ours. (S.O.S. 6:3) Some additional Scriptures to study are:
- John 6:56;
- “He is the Vine and we are the branches” in John 15;
- Colossians 1:27;
- 1 John 4:13; and
- Galatians 2:20.
In light of all of these confirmations of our union with Christ, let’s joyfully tell other people about our loving, merciful, and powerful Savior! Remember that we will never be put to shame for being faithful ambassadors for His Kingdom.