January 14: The Gospel: Not Only in Word, But Also in Power

I Thessalonians 1:5

For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.

I Corinthians 4:20

For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.

The Gospel message is the answer to all the woes and challenges of man. There is no problem that does not have its solution in the Gospel. Every need is met in the Gospel. The Gospel is good news unto all. Salvation, God’s conclusive and inclusive provision for all of man’s needs, is the message and proclamation of the Gospel. Romans 1:16 tells us that the Gospel of Christ is the power of God unto salvation. When the Gospel is preached, the power of God is made available to perform whatever it says or claims. In our opening verse in 1 Thessalonians 1:5, the Holy Spirit through the apostle Paul reveals that the Gospel is not in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance via the manifestation of the power of God.

When you teach the Word of God, that people have been made whole by the stripes of Christ, don’t just speak and look at them, you ought to also minister healing to them! There is such a thing as the demonstration of the Spirit and the power of God in line with what God has done as contained in the Gospel. The Bible tells us that the kingdom of God is not in word but in power (1 Corinthians 4:20). When Paul taught and revealed Jesus at Lystra (Acts 14:7-10), the Bible tells us that a man who was born lame heard Paul preach the Gospel and when Paul perceived that he had faith to be healed, he said with a loud voice, “Stand upright on thy feet”. That’s the vital side of grace, which is the demonstration of what he had taught them. When the Gospel is preached or taught, miracles happen, revealing the power of the Gospel. Go beyond just saying things or preaching from head knowledge. Demonstrate the truth of the Gospel you speak or know by the power of God. Be bold to declare the Gospel! Let the power inherent in the Gospel be made manifest.

My Solid Front (Confession): 

I declare in the Name of Jesus, that I walk in the demonstration of the Holy Spirit. I do not just preach; my words are backed up with power in Jesus’ Name, for I preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Hallelujah!!! Amen.

Further Meditation:

Matthew 4:23; Matthew 8:16-17