“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.”—Mark 1:15 (KJV)
This is the second installment of the series The Power of Believing. If you have not yet read the introduction, please take time to read it as it will give light to the general importance of believing God.
The Gospel of God is the foundation for the Believer’s faith…for this is where it all starts. A Christian Believer must understand and believe everything that the Gospel prescribes in order to receive the full benefit that the Gospel provides. Failure to do so will limit our power or ability severely.
What is the Gospel, you ask? The Gospel has been described as the “birth, death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.” While I will not say that is incorrect, I do say it is incomplete. Surely, Jesus was born; He lived on earth, gave His life as a ransom for our sins so that we could live guilt-free; was buried and three days later rose from the dead with victory over death, hell and the grave.
However, it does not stop there! A question begs to be answered; “did Jesus do all that just so a person can go to Heaven?” I dare to say NO! If it stops there, the very power of the Gospel is lost…it only says that if we believe that, we can receive forgiveness of sins and go to Heaven. But if that is all, why doesn’t God just take every person to Heaven as soon as they receive Jesus in their hearts? Go ahead take a moment, think about it and answer. I believe He doesn’t do that because it does not show His power here on earth!
Why does God allow us to continue to live here among all of the pain, suffering, and corruption, that is here? I believe it is because God’s intention from the beginning has not changed one bit. He told Adam to “Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion…” (Genesis 1:28). I don’t think He has ever changed His mind or His plan for mankind and the earth. The problem is that man has failed to follow through from the beginning and continue to do so. This being fruitful and multiplying, I believe, is a whole lot more than just having children and populating the earth.
The Garden of Eden was the Garden of God. It was in a particular place and God wanted the beauty, provision, peace, and fellowship with the Father that was there to be reproduced over the entire planet. However, Adam and Eve disobeyed God and failed to carry out their mission, but rather gave command and control of the world to satan who has branded mankind and the earth with death and destruction.
The Bible calls Jesus the “last Adam” and He did carry out His mission to defeat satan and the powers of hell and give the power to be fruitful and multiply back to mankind. But this power must be activated in our lives in order to receive the benefit of it. For example, if your bank sent you a new credit card in the mail, they would have instructions that the card must be activated before it can be used. It could guarantee you a super large credit limit but just having it in your purse or wallet is no good unless it has been activated.
Likewise, the Gospel guarantees us great benefits (read 2 Peter 1:3-4), other than becoming a child of God or Christian. We must activate the powerful benefit the Gospel provides by believing and activating each one in our lives in order to profit from them. It is not good enough to just settle for going to Heaven because you are a Christian. Therefore, every person who accepts Jesus as Lord has the obligation to be fruitful and multiply in their own lives and sphere of influence.
The power of the Gospel removes burdens, it heals, it forgives sin, it turns darkness to light, and it frees the captive, and so on…read Luke 4:18. Just these few actions can change our lives…just think what would happen if we were to take them to our families, friends and communities. The power of believing the Gospel is the power to change lives and it is the power to fulfill God’s command to “be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth.”
Stay tuned for the next installment of The Power of Believing the Gospel (Part 2)
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- The Gospel: Simple Yet Not Simplistic (justificationbygrace.com)
- the destruction of dillydally (musingsinmontage.wordpress.com)
- The Gospel According to Paul (mgriffinrobert.com)
- Puzzling Ideas and Views of ANTI-Traditionalists (selahvtoday.typepad.com)
- THE MYSTERY OF THE GOSPEL REVEALED – Barry Boucher (barryboucher.typepad.com)
- A Tragic Truth (anthonystephens.wordpress.com)
- The Gospel Lens (christianongtangco.wordpress.com)
- A Look Into Sin and the Power of Christ (goldenbible.wordpress.com)
- Gospel power (wordsofgrace.wordpress.com)
- 1st Corinthians 15: The Gospel, or Not? (cutpaste.typepad.com)
- The Gospel Is Big Enough to Fight for Itself – Desiring God (twtface.com)
- Preach the Gospel, and Since It’s Necessary, Use Words (sethsoasis.wordpress.com)
- Functional Centrality: How Should the Gospel Function in the Life of the Local Church. (tgcatlanticcanada.com)
- Releasing the Power of Heavenly Currency (mudpreacher.org)
- Review: N.T. Wright, “How God Became King: The Forgotten Story of the Gospels” (bycommonconsent.com)