THE GOSPEL AND ME
For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction. You know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake.
1 Thessalonians 1:4-5
We demand proof. Whenever we hear something, we usually ask ourselves if we could and should believe it. We can find that God usually affirms His Word with His actions and His actions with His Word. After Jesus taught in the synagogues, He usually performs miracles or uses illustrations that affirms His teachings. He also charged the disciples in the great commission by saying that “signs and wonders will accompany those who believe.” For the kingdom of God does not consist in talk but in power. (1 Cor. 4:20) How then do we experience or present the Gospel of Christ not just by Word but also by power to ourselves and to others?
1. The power of God’s Word
The power of God’s Word is inherent in itself. We experience the power of God’s word by abiding in it. The more that we soak ourselves into His Word, the more that we know about God. His character, His purposes, His will. The more we know Him, the more we learn more how to live for Him. Our knowledge of God’s Word will determine our way of living.
2. The power of the Holy Spirit
Being filled by the Holy Spirit is one of the necessities of Christian living. It is the fuel or our passion that motivates us to do the will of God. The Holy Spirit gives us convictions to do what is right and reminds us of the things we should avoid. He is our guide in our day to day decisions.
3. The power of our testimony
God has given us His imprints like a thread that connects our story to His story. Whenever people view us, they can see Christ in us. God is at work in our lives and in the church as a whole. He uses our testimony to influence other people. He uses our experiences to minister to others. Since the Holy Spirit is indwelling in us, therefore people can be a witness of what God is working in our lives.
The power of the Gospel is inherent in the Word. Yet as ambassadors and Gospel bearers, we our ought to live the power of the Gospel that people will really see that our Message is indeed alive and active. Live out that power of the Gospel today!
Darwin B. Cruz is a servant of Christ. Passionate Preacher. Disciple Maker. Loves to write. Tech savy guy. Consistently integrating biblical values into Mathematics Education