WHERESOEVER MY GOSPEL COMES WITH POWER

When the Gospel comes with power things happen …

Matthew 10:33-34 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.

Wesley:

Whosoever shall deny me before men – To which ye will be strongly tempted. For Think not that I am come – That is, think not that universal peace will be the immediate consequence of my coming. Just the contrary.

Both public and private divisions will follow, wheresoever my Gospel comes with power. Yea – this is not the design, though it be the event of his coming, through the opposition of devils and men. Luke 12:51.

Spurgeon:

We cannot tell whether the Word has come to you in the Holy Spirit, and in much assurance, unless there are the corresponding results. Listen to these words—

1 Thessalonians 1:5-10 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. And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost: So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia. For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing. For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God; And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.

So you see an imitation of Apostolic example, …

a faith which becomes so known as to sound abroad, …

a joy which affliction itself cannot dampen, …

and a perseverance which is not to be turned aside by difficulties, …

a conversion which gives up the dearest idols, …

and binds us to Christ, …

and makes us watch and wait for Him—all these are necessary as proofs of the Holy Spirit having been with the Word.

About Cathy

I am a born again Christian, saved in 1988 at the age of 38. My mother was born again in her old age, in her 80's. Her name is Giannina which means "God is gracious."
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