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August 10, 2014

The Power of the Gospel

Sunday Morning Podcast August 10, 2014. Bro. Ismael Yepez.

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TEXT: JOHN 6:60-66 

60 Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it?
61  When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you?
62  What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before?
63  It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
64  But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him.
65  And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.
66  From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.

When we hear the fullness of the gospel, what is our reaction?  We must do away with all prejudices to it,  to absorb it!  Is our testimony, that we then continue believing?  There is a lesson here, and revelation, based on our reaction.  We need to be able to cause those around us to  “feel and see”  the gospel.  When taught correctly, it will produce around us an effect.  Some might not like it, but a minister of God must approach the pulpit only to help all  …including the people of God.  The gospel will deal with us on a very personal level.  The gospel will not necessarily be directed at a particular person, but all the congregation.  The pastor or minister realizes (though not his intention) that the message might cause a reaction, ..but we must accept it for our correction.   Whether we like it. or whether we don’t.  Too many today like to “pick and choose” what they want to hear, …and what they don’t.   God’s Word teaches us to take all the gospel.

God knows who will be offended and who will murmur.  His apostle Paul exhorts us: ” How then shall they call on Him whom they have not believed?,  and how shall they believe in Him whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?”  (Romans 10:14).  Many have prejudices about the gospel, but ultimately we must all be prepared to listen, if we are ever to have the power of the gospel in our lives. It will help and free us. This is how other souls then will witness the purpose and Salvation of the gospel.   It is what will produce a productive spiritual life, …for God only  knows what is good for us.  He wants us to advance, and mature in the gospel’s power.   The power to  reach other souls in need, while simultaneously profiting in our spiritual growth.

When we truly desire the gospel, it will bring real enjoyment through it’s preaching.   Through it, there is always more to learn, making it necessary to spiritual health and power, to take the next step.   The gospel is what it is, partially because it doesn’t incorporate any ideas of  man,  but only the power of God.  It keeps us at Jesus side, not above, or beneath His help.  Division comes from being “above” or “below” the grace of Jesus.  “Above” brings fanaticism.   “Beneath,”  brings liberalness of the flesh, diminishing the power of God in a life.   In the gospel there are no rich, or poor.  No high or low.  All are equal, …made so by the power of God’s Word.

We must continue in the teaching of all the power of the gospel, which is the power of God!