The last three verses of Romans 16 are a beautiful summary of Paul’s first six letters that establish and defend the gospel of grace. Once the Spirit came at Pentecost, this Gospel was preached to the Jew first, and then the Gentile in the power of the Holy Spirit. “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” (Romans 1:16). Notice in both references that “strength” and “power” are in the pure gospel of grace that Paul preached, because the mystery has been revealed. When this truth “enlightens” the eyes of our heart (Ephesians 1:18), there is no reason to be ashamed to preach this gospel anywhere, at any time or under any circumstances (Read 2 Corinthians 11:16-33).
“But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.” (2 Corinthians 4:7). I am afraid that we too readily excuse ourselves from our responsibility to tell others the “Good News” and make “Disciples” because we look at our weakness rather than the power of God that “is able to strengthen you according to [Paul’s] gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ”! The Holy Spirit is wanting to ‘plug us in’ to His power supply so God can do His work through us in reaching the unreached – all nations.