Thursday, 29 October 2020
”For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as you know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.” – 1 Thessalonians 1: 5
Paul did not by any means desire to be just an eloquent speaker when it came to his declaration of the Gospel. Paul desired to minister Jesus Christ not only in his declaration of God’s word but also in the demonstration of the Spirit and power. According to the doctrine of Paul, the Gospel was to be preached, confirmed by God’s power. He says that his speech and preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power [1 Corinthians 2: 4]. What Paul understood is that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is not a Gospel of mere words, but a Gospel of power manifested in miracles, signs, and wonders as that is who Jesus was and still is, a GOD of actions, deeds, and works. It is very saddening to see that Paul’s understanding of the Kingdom of God is not that of which we have in modern-day Christianity. Today’s preaching in our so-called churches is of men coming with enticing words of man’s wisdom without power. We have the enticing, heavy-worded, and powerless Gospel without the power of God.
When we look at the ministry of Jesus Christ while He walked the face of the earth, we realize that just as Paul had said, it was not just in words but also in power. Jesus healed all those who came to Him, the blind saw, the lame walked, the possessed were healed, captives set free, the dead resurrected. When He commissioned His disciples, He also gave them the same mandate saying; “And as you go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely you have received, freely give” [Matthew 10: 7-8]. When a sick person comes to church, they do not want to be preached to first, but they want to be healed. The tormented people do not want to be preached to first but seek to be delivered and to be set free. The disabled do not want to be preached to first, but they want to be told to rise and go. This is how the kingdom of God is revealed. The kingdom of God is not dead but living and powerful. As Christians, we ought not to behave like we are serving a dead GOD, who can do nothing for anyone. Just as it was with Him, miracles, signs, and wonders should be a norm to us as that is the only assurance to those following us that Christ is indeed alive.
The kingdom of God is not dead but living and powerful