Although holding forth the name and gospel of Jesus Christ
will certainly bring forth the reproach and affliction of this present evil world,
there is no good reason whatsoever for us to be ashamed
of the testimony and gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
For our Lord is God the Son, the Almighty Creator, the Anointed Savior,
and the Eternal Sovereign, whose name is above every other name;
and His gospel is the very power of God unto eternal salvation for lost souls,
the very power of God to abolish death,
and the very power of God to bring eternal life and immortality to light.
2 Timothy 1:7-12
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner:
but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;
who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling,
not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace,
which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,
but is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ,
who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel: whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles.
For the which cause 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 that which I have committed unto him against that day.
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ:
for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth;
to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith:
as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
1 Peter 4:12-16
Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you,
as though some strange thing happened unto you:
but rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings;
that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye;
for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you:
on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.
But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief,
or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters.
Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed;
but let him glorify God on this behalf.
And they departed from the presence of the council,
rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.
For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer,
and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,
according to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed,
but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.
For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.