The Power of Believing the Gospel

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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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Sebastian is a Christian, Author and Church Leadership trainer. His ministry calling, love for God, and His people; has led him into ministry of all types for over thirty years. He and his wife enjoy helping people in their walk of faith and finding solutions to the struggles of life, especially in the area of healing and marriage. Faith1st Blog is designed to open and continue the discussion on the subject of biblical "faith" as a "living" element of the Christian life. - "the just shall live by faith" - Habakkuk 2:4; Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 10:38 (KJV).

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24 comments on “The Power of Believing the Gospel
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  2. Could it be that the reason God doesn’t just take a Christian to heaven right after receiving forgiveness of sins is that He is training us to rule and reign in life through Christ Jesus? (Romans 5:17) That is a part of being fruitful and multiplying as we share the gospel with others and of taking dominion and subduing through our rule and reign with Christ. We have a part to play in God’s plan for the salvation of mankind. Let us have faith to receive all that God has for us so we can pass it on to those around us!

    Thank you for such faith-challenging blog!

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    • Sebastian says:

      You’re so welcome Avie! You posed the question…”Could it be that the reason God doesn’t just take a Christian to heaven right after receiving forgiveness of sins is that He is training us to rule and reign in life through Christ Jesus?”

      Of course, it could be! I believe that Believers are representative of God on this Earth, and as Kingdom representatives, it is our responsibility to be to this world and its system as Christ would if He was still walking on this earth!

      “Ruling and reigning in life,” among other things, carries with it the responsibility to fulfill the “Great Commission” (Mark 16:15-18), and as we do we will experience “the Lord working” with us and “confirming the Word with signs following.” (vs. 20).

      Thank you for adding to the discussion. –S

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  3. Freedomborn says:

    Hi Sebastian, I very much appreciated your message, it had much Truth, God knows the beginning and right through Eternity, He knows all things, He knew Adam and Eve would disobey, but He does know all things and He knew that the good would outweigh the bad.

    How very True God longs for our fellowship, our Unity with Him and not because we have to but because we want to and not one of His Redeemed Children will be lost, we will all be conformed into the image of Jesus, we will all be ……

    1 Peter 2: 9 -11 But ye are a Chosen Generation, a Royal Priesthood, an Holy Nation, a Peculiar People; that ye should shew forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvellous Light; Which in time past were not a people, but are now the People of God: which had not obtained Mercy, but now have obtained Mercy. Dearly beloved, I beseech you as Strangers and Pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;

    Christian Love from both of us – Anne

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    • Sebastian says:

      Thank you Anne for your response. I really enjoy receiving your responses because they are timely and scriptural. Thank you both for all you do for the Kingdom in your part of God’s Vineyard! Blessings to you both! –S

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  4. It really put things in better perspective for me, especially reading all the comments. Very interesting and thought provoking. Blessings ~ Patty

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  5. Anthony says:

    Good post. The fact that God doesn’t just beam us to heaven when we get saved is one of the greatest signs that God has a plan with us here on earth. The abundant life doesn’t begin the moment we step into heaven; it starts here.

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    • Sebastian says:

      Hi Anthony! Thank you for your response. I agree that God does definitely have a plan for each of us and it starts with our turning our lives over to Him and seeking to discover what part we should play in fulfilling His purposes here on earth! God bless you and may His best be yours! –Sebastian

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  6. Here are 2 cents. Keep them, or throw them back at me, but they’re yours if you want them 😉

    I was recently in a discussion over this very issue of “be fruitful and multiply.” I completely understand your argument (which is completely valid) that this verse predominately applies to the spiritual realm. However, do you think it might be possible that Christians have fallen down on the job of literally being fruitful and multiplying? One of the reasons Islam is growing so rapidly around the world is not solely because of their missionary efforts. It is because their reproduction rates dwarf that of Christians.

    Psalm 127:5 says that a man should be happy to have his “quiver” full of arrows (children). Has today’s Christian family become satisfied with 1.5 arrows as opposed to the Muslim family’s 8? The arrows spoken of in this verse are metaphors, of course, for trained children ready to do the Lord’s work. My worry is that we are letting the world’s opinion of family dictate ours, therefore drastically reducing our standing in the world.

    Just a thought. God bless you, brother.

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    • Sebastian says:

      Hello Anthony and thank you for checking in and responding to this post!

      I really appreciate your “2 cents”…your argument is well put and noted. I have not looked at being “fruitful and multiply” quite in that way. It is interesting to say the least…I must meditate on that! Thank you for adding to the discussion! God bless you my friend! –Sebastian

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  7. I agree that God has more for the believer than just heaven. He longs to have displays of Himself in the earth realm or there would be no need for us hanging around this earth once we have been saved.

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    • Sebastian says:

      Thank you for your response Wanda! I agree with your comment that “there would be no need for us hanging around this earth once we have been saved” if it were not to allow the Lord to “display” Himself through us here on earth! Thank you again and God bless you! –Sebastian

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  8. admin says:

    Sebastian, I enjoyed your post and your comment about not just settling for going to heaven. There is so much more. God wants a relationship with us and to grow us into his image. To change with God’s help and to make an impact on our world. Thank you!

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    • Sebastian says:

      You are welcome and thank you for your input as well. I am convinced that now is the time as never before to do a relationship check. We have been religious long enough, no it is time to get to know, experience and exhibit the Lord’s Grace & Glory in a fresh and real way! God bless! –Sebastian

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      • Tabernacle says:

        Very good Jeremiah! Sent this to my email and am going to share it with one of my classmates as she is going tghuorh a hard time right now. She is having trouble sleeping and she needs all the encouragement she can get. Thanks for sharing this Doris

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  9. One word jumped out at me in 2 Peter (glory). We believe,and been given power to be fruitful and multiply which then brings glory to the Father. Then that glory spills over into our life, Is that right or have looked at things backwards again? James

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    • Sebastian says:

      Hi James…I like the word glory in that passage as well. Glory there can be compared to the way it is used in 2 Cor. 3:18 where it speaks that as we look on the “glory of the Lord” we will be “changed into the same image from glory to glory,even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”

      As we spend time focusing on the glory of the Lord we will experience a change in our person and as you suggested, a spilling over into our lives, whereby those around us will be affected by God’s glory through us!
      What a wonderful perspective James…thank you! –S

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  10. Lyn Leahz says:

    Enjoyed this article Sebastian! Thank you so much! God bless you.

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