The Power of the Gospel

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”
(Romans 3:16 NKJV)

The gospel of Christ is the power of God to salvation for those who believe. The word “power” used in this Scripture means: mighty work, strength, miracle might, virtue, mighty, ability, abundance, worker of miracles, and violence. It follows then that the gospel (the message or the Word of Christ) is the power of God to save man from the power of sin and the effects of sin. This awesome power of the gospel of Christ is revealed from faith to faith, and only by faith and through faith can a man experience and understand God’s salvation. Therefore, without faith, spiritual revelation or spiritual understanding of the salvation of God is impossible.

Thus, anyone who believes (in his heart not in mind alone) in the gospel of Christ is saved. Saved means salvation and deliverance from the power and effects of sin. Sin is rebellion against God. And the effects of sin are the separation from God and the perversions of His truth. God made all things beautiful but because of sin, things became perverted. The devil came and has perverted the truth’s beauty and essence. Sin has allowed the devil to distort everything that he could. The devil came to kill, destroy, and annihilated everything that this world has to offer. It is a show of pervertion and rebellion against God. But praise God! The blood of Jesus has delivered from sin and the effects of sin.

The Bible declares that God has already saved us. In 1 Titus 3:5, it states, “But when the kindness and the love of God or Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit.” Included to this salvation is the truth that God has rescued us from the works of the devil, “He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.” (Colossians 1:13-14). As children of God, sin has no more power against us.

Furthermore, anyone who believes in the gospel of Christ will be changed into a new man: transformed to become a victorious individual. The Bible declares that if a person believes the gospel and accepts Christ, he becomes a new creation, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17). A new creation which is born from the incorruptible Word of God, born of the Spirit of God, and born with the nature of God. This new creation is the most powerful man ever live on the face of the earth. He is not bound by the law of sin and death, but of the law of spirit and life. He has given the authority to use the name of Jesus to cast out demons and will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover. He is more than a conqueror. He is always triumphant in Christ. Although pain, suffering and hardships are present along the way, the Word of God promises that the new creation man will prevail. In the midst of storm, he will soar like an eagle over and beyond those dark clouds and peace shall be in his heart. He won’t be weary in the midst of trials because the joy of the Lord is his strength, and that strength is always renewed like of an eagle’s.

Also, the new creation man has the power of the Holy Spirit inside of him. The Bible declares that the kingdom of God is within us – in our heart, “For the kingdom of God is not in word but in power.” (1 Corinthians 4:20). As a citizen of the kingdom, a believer has the right, privileges and benefits from everything the kingdom has to offer. Consequently, the God of the kingdom has the responsibility to protect and ensure that all of the believer’s rights, privileges and benefits are being met. The Thessalonians are a living proof of the power of the gospel. Paul recognizes that after they received the Word of God, they experienced the manifestation of God’s power and the working of the Holy Spirit in their lives. The gospel came to them not as an ordinary word or a mere religious doctrine. The Thessalonians received it in faith with much assurance. As a result, the word of the Lord spread and their faith had gone out in every place and Paul had no need to say anything about it.

“For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance, as you know what kind of men we were among you for your sake.”
(1 Thessalonians 1:5 NKJV)

Therefore, by the power of God and the working of the Holy Spirit, the new creation man is a dangerous threat to the kingdom of darkness. If the believers only knew who they are in Christ, and knew what power and authority they possess in Christ, there would be no believer who lives in poverty, sickness and diseases, because a believer is complete in Christ.

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