“Remember that Jesus Christ, of the seed of David, was raised from the dead according to my gospel” 2 Timothy 2:8
Three times in the New Testament Paul the Apostle laid claim to what he referred to as “my gospel.” Really Paul? Are you the author of salvation? Did you die for our sins? Did you rise from the dead? What gives you the right to make such a presumptuous claim and call it your gospel? Perhaps it is because you poured out your life as a drink offering (2Ti 4:6) or that you filled up in your flesh what was lacking in the afflictions of Christ (Col 1:24). Or perhaps we are pondering the wrong question.
Maybe the question should not be “how dare Paul?” but “why not me?” Am I so in love with God’s purpose, so sold out to His plans, so zealous for the salvation of the lost or jealous for the fidelity of the found that I dare call the gospel mine? Is it “my gospel” or does it belong only to others? Just how identified with Christ are you? Can you say by now that you are the body of Christ? Is Christ your life? Are you the heir who inherits all things? Can you say, like Paul, for you to live is Christ?
Here is the conclusion: if indeed you belong to Christ then the gospel belongs to you and no other. Lord, wed us to the notion that in You we move and breathe and have our being. Remind us again that we were purchased for a price that that our lives are not our own. If you will have such pity upon us then we can cry out with Paul, “I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ!” If you will so incline our wretched hearts then and only then will we have nothing to be ashamed about at your terrible and yet glorious coming.