1 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” (KJV). The word “gospel” means “the tidings, the good news, the message of salvation.” Romans 1:16-17 reads, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith.” The gospel of Christ is the power of God for salvation–believe it. I felt very strongly in my spirit that I should say a few words about the gospel. The apostle Paul gives us seven important aspects about preaching the gospel.
1) “For our gospel”… Paul calls it “our gospel.” It belongs to us, the church. In Romans 1:1, Paul calls it “the gospel of God” because God is the author of it. In Romans 1:16, Paul calls it the “gospel of Christ” because Christ is the subject of the gospel. In Ephesians 1:13, Paul calls it “the gospel of your salvation” because the message of the gospel saves the sinners. In Ephesians 6:15, Paul calls it “the gospel of peace” because the message of the gospel brings peace between God and man, and between man and man. The gospel is our gospel because we are saved by it.
2) “Came . . . unto you”… Paul teaches that the gospel comes to us. Before Paul came, the Thessalonians were without the gospel. Paul brought it to them. The gospel comes to a city (Acts 17:1-4). The gospel comes to a family (Acts 16:14-15,31-34). The gospel comes to an individual (Acts 8:26-39). The gospel came to you, and you received Christ as your Savior because of it. Have you ever thanked the person who brought the gospel to you?
3) “In word”… The gospel is spread by the scriptures and by word of mouth. In John 1:1-14, God sent the Word (Jesus); and in Matthew 28:19-20, we are sent with the Word. Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 2:4, “And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power” (KJV). The word lays out a definite message step by step, line upon line, so that the listener can understand it.
4) “In power”… Paul was teaching that the gospel is full of power. If the word preached comes from the Lord, then there is power in it. Romans 1:16 says, “It is the power of God unto salvation” (KJV). It can deliver people out from all sin, out of all problems, and out of the devil’s hand. 1 Peter 1:23 tells us that the gospel is “incorruptible seed.” In Hebrews 4:12, the gospel is alive and powerful. When we speak the Word, the Word will do the work because it is full of power. It has power to convict (Acts 2:37). It has power to convert (Acts 17:11-12). It has power to comfort (1 Thessalonians 4:18). It has power to help us to live according to the will of God (Psalm 119). Isaiah 55:11 teaches, “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”
5) “And in the Holy Ghost“… The Holy Spirit works both internally and externally in the messenger. He works with the Word and with the messenger. He anoints the messenger with knowledge and understanding, and it shows through the power of speaking. Acts 1:8 and Zechariah 4:6 teach that for the message to be effective, the messenger must be anointed with power (ability) that comes from the Holy Spirit.
6) “And in much assurance”… Paul received his authority from Jesus Christ. This gave him assurance, and it gave assurance to the people who heard him. They had confidence in the message Paul brought. They pressed in, received the message, and acted upon it. They searched the scriptures to make sure of its accuracy (Acts 17:11). Marvelous things happened when the word was received in much assurance (faith). Miracles happened when the people believed the message.
7) “As you know what manner of men we were among you for your sake”… The gospel was working in the lives of those who preached the gospel, and people saw it. The preachers practiced what they preached. Paul wrote in Titus 2:10-12, “Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things. For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world” (KJV). Paul was exhorting Titus that preachers of the gospel must live what they preach. The word “purloining” means “stealing, pilfering, embezzling.” Many preachers of the Word use the Word to steal from people.
The gospel, the message of salvation is the most important message in our lives.
Pastor George Belobaba
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