Romans 1:16 (KJV) 16 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.
If the gospel is the power of God, why aren’t we seeing it in demonstration?
Mark 16:17 (KJV) 17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
Notice in the above scripture that signs are to follow those who believe. Are you a believer? Are signs following you? Let’s look into this.
If we’re not seeing signs and wonders, etc., it’s one of two reasons: either we don’t believe that signs and wonders are to follow us or we’re not preaching the gospel because signs follow the preaching of the Word of God.
If we preach salvation, people get saved – right? Well, if we preach healing, guess what – people will get healed. If we preach prosperity and provision from God, people come out of poverty and lack. I think you get the point. What we preach is what we get. So, why isn’t the entire gospel preached?
Paul told the Corinthians that it wasn’t his eloquent speech that would get the job done but demonstration of the power of God in their midst. That would certainly get their attention!
1 Corinthians 2:4-5 (KJV) 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:
5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
I personally think that those who should be preaching the full gospel are not doing it because they really don’t believe it themselves. They really don’t know all that God has freely given us and therefore they can’t preach what they don’t know.
All we need to do is to look in the scriptures which are replete with God’s promises to us – those that He has freely given. Our part is to reach out and take hold of those promises. We’re to be the ones who show forth the goodness of God so that others can come to the Lord and live a life worth living.
1 Corinthians 2:11-12 (KJV) 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.
2 Peter 1:3-4 (KJV) 3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.