The Gospel in Word and Power
1 Thessalonians 1: 5a because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction.
The gospel is no mere arrangement of carefully chosen words. It is powerful, carried by the Holy Spirit and full of conviction. We may be in danger within church culture today of losing the weight of the gospel because of our lack of true understanding and zealous application. The glorious nature of the gospel forbids that its proclamation and propagation grow stagnate. Perhaps the western church feels that the gospel message has been heard too often and has grown old, outdated and unnecessary. On the other hand, perhaps the greatest need the church has is to hear this old and glorious message so that new life and passion might be infused into lukewarm hearts. This begs a few crucial questions.
When was the last time you were moved by the gospel? Moved to tears? Moved to tremble? Moved to joy? Moved to witness? Could it be that the missing component to revive our hearts has been the theme of Christendom for all time? Might the simplicity of the gospel ring with the glory our ears have longed to hear? May God be merciful to us for growing accustomed to the gospel when in reality it is ever-powerful, ever-new and ever-glorious!