Do you believe the Gospel of Christ? For more information on the Gospel, read the previous posts on the subject. The Gospel is the revelation of the power of God to remove the curse that was brought upon the earth and all mankind due to the sin of Adam.
The Gospel is termed or defined as ‘good news’; which begs the question: good news about what? The good news that we so often hear about in relation with the gospel, very often ends with Jesus coming to earth to die for our sins. This definition is not incorrect but I dare say that it is incomplete because the good news of the Gospel covers much more than the forgiveness of our sin.
To say that the death of Jesus was for sin alone leaves one wondering why He declared; “…I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth.”—Matthew 28:18 (New Living Translation). The King James uses the word power instead of authority in this verse. So what is this power or authority and why is it needed if it is only for the forgiveness of sin? It would seem the very sacrifice of Jesus’ life and the shed blood should have been enough, if it was for sin alone…but there is more…much more!
The words power and authority in this verse, have the same meaning in the original language it was written. The difference is the way we understand them; we normally see the word power in terms of strength or ability and authority in terms of someone who has legal right, or is in charge or ownership of something—that is why it is necessary to explain the difference.
Many things can have power, (animals, electricity, water, engines, etc.,), but only a person can have authority. This is significant because the enemy is into the details and he can and will confuse you if you do not understand who you are in God! We do not just have power, we have authority! How did we get this authority? Jesus gave it to us as a right and privilege for believing the Gospel of God!
But to as many as did receive and welcome Him, He gave the authority (power, privilege, right) to become the children of God, that is, to those who believe in (adhere to, trust in, and rely on) His name—John 1:12 (Amplified)
My friend, please do not sleep on this! As believers, you and I have the same authority that Jesus had and can make the same claim He made; the very power or authority of God has been given unto us! Believers are no longer subject to or under the authority of the curse that this world is under. Through the Gospel, we who believe are able to see more than we have seen before. The veil (Mark 15:38; Luke 23:45) has been torn between the natural and spiritual realms.
Before the sacrifice of Jesus, man’s sight was limited to that his natural eyes could see—except God gave a glimpse into the spiritual realm. Now that Jesus has torn down that divider and stands as our eternal mediator, we have the ability to see as far as our faith will allow us. I know that may sound strange, but that is the truth and the reason it is strange is because it has not been taught and therefore we have been blind to it.
But a new day has come for the Bible says: “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”—Romans 10:17 (KJV). I also like it in the Message Translation: “…The point is: Before you trust, you have to listen. But unless Christ’s Word is preached, there’s nothing to listen to.” In order for believers to know what is ours in the Gospel, it has to be preached! God wants us to know!
9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.
12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.—1 Corinthians 2:9 (KJV)
It is not God’s will for us to be ignorant of these things—although we have been told it is! Many have been told and taught that we haven’t seen, heard, or known anything that God has for us—that it all is waiting for us in the ‘sweet by-and-by’. That may have been true prior to the cross (read Isaiah 64:4), but now we all have access (Ephesians 2:13-22) unto the grace, wisdom, and mystery of God—through the blood of Jesus! Hallelujah!!
Just look at verse 10 above. The scripture teaches us, that all that vs. 9 tells us that we have been in the dark to have been revealed to us by the Spirit of God! It even goes further to say that even the “deep things of God” is available to us through the Spirit! We are without excuse my friend; the Gospel reveals not only God’s will but His power on our behalf also.
There is more coming on this subject.
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- The Power of Believing the Gospel 2 (faith1stministries.com)
- The Power of Believing the Gospel 3 (faith1stministries.com)
- For 16 Years, I Thought I Was Saved! (settingcaptivesfree.me)
- The Gospel: Simple Yet Not Simplistic (justificationbygrace.com)
- The Authority of the Gospel of Jesus Christ (justificationbygrace.com)
- When We Say “Gospel,” Do We Really Mean “The Spirit?” (pjcockrell.wordpress.com)
- What is the Gospel? Preaching in Youth Ministry (youthmin.org)