The Gospel Power

12 07 2016

When we think of the Gospel our minds typically go to several different definitions. One such definition may be news. We may see the Gospel as just the simple giving of information.

From this perspective the Gospel is simply me giving someone facts and them making an informed decision one way or another concerning what they have heard. This of course places no difference between the Gospel and any other news. I don’t think this is the definition I want to hold with too strongly.

When I think of the Gospel I can’t think of it simply as news because news is often neutral. It has no real power it simply informs. The Gospel is power in its very essence.

It does not inform it transforms and changes people from the inside out. It takes sinners and makes them righteous. It takes God haters and turns them into God followers.

“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.” (Romans 1:16)

This understanding of the Gospel is empowering to the Christian who desires to share their faith. If the Gospel is just news then we can fail. What if people don’t listen? What if I get no results?

The very fact that the Gospel is powerful in and of itself gives me confidence that something is happening even if I don’t see it. The Gospel is doing its work and God is doing His work even if there are no visible results.

I don’t need emotional pleas or crafty language to convince people to believe. The Gospel itself, the message itself is a power so potent that the human mind can’t grasp it.

The Gospel is the power of God to salvation. There is our confidence. There is our hope.


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