“I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone who believes…For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, ‘The just shall live by faith'” (Romans 1: 16, 17).
“Gospel” literally means “good news.” “Christ” means “anointed Messiah,” which comes from the meaning of being smeared with oil for consecration to service. “Power” literally means “force…miraculous power.” It is good news that Jesus came, was “smeared with” or “filled” with the Spirit and miraculous power of God, and fulfilled his mission of demonstrating and making available “salvation,” “total deliverance in every way,” for every person on the face of the earth.
John the Baptist came on the scene preaching the good news, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world…who baptizes with the Holy Spirit…this is the Son of God (John 1: 29-34). The good news is that our sins are taken away and a lifestyle of immersion in the Spirit is available to all. I am glad God has provided a way that we can make it through with triumphant, joyous, victory even in the midst of adversity. It is good news to know that the “Comforter,” the “Helper,” “the one called alongside,” the “Holy Spirit,” is given to fill us with God’s supernatural presence and help us in daily life (John 14: 16, 26). Sins taken away and the Holy Helper given — we can run with God’s Word and believe so that we go from a little bit of victory in our life to a lot of victory in our life. By believing the gospel, we can go from the faith we possess to a greater faith and experience. The degree of his help is determined by the focus of our faith in his Word and by our pliability and obedience to his Spirit. It is up to us.
I love the good news that all that Jesus is and what he has, is now available to us all. It is wonderful that we can give ourselves to believe and receive that and be that “sin clean Spirit machine” with God’s help in practical, every-day life, and grow to experience God’s miraculous delivering power in an ever-increasing way. 2-6-15