THE GOSPEL IN WHICH WE STAND

By: Mike Walker
From: January-February 2012
Found in: The Gospel of Grace
The power of God is in the announcement of the Gospel. Let’s take another look at what we have been preaching.

1 Cor 15:1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; 2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. KJV

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the good news of what He has already accomplished.  Salvation, healing - all we will ever need has already been provided for!  The devil is defeated and we have the victory!  Jesus will never leave us or forsake us. Jesus is the guide of our life and we have peace and safety in our lives.

It Cannot Be Earned

The Apostle Paul reminds them: This is the gospel which we have preached to you; this is the good news that you have received. It cannot be earned because it was already paid for at the cross. The foundation of our abundant life is standing on the finished work of Christ and by this message we are saved - the good news of salvation.

News is something that has already happened.  Grace is what God has already provided for us through Jesus Christ and faith is the hand that receives what has already been provided!
Rom 1:16 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.

This is good news of something that has already happened. The good news of what has already happened is the power of God!

All of us desire to see the power of God working with us.  We desire to see God’s power wherever we go.  The power of God is in the announcement of the gospel and not found in someone declaring judgment and the wrath of God. It is not found in pointing out all the failures of someone’s life. It is not found in what we can do in good works and it is not found in religion. The power of God is found when we tell the good news of what Jesus has done.

Mark 16:20 And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen. What was their message?  What were they preaching when Jesus went with them confirming the word with signs following?  What was the message that brought the power of God into the picture?

Be A Good News Expert

Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.Miracles follow the gospel because the gospel is the power of God!  So it is very important that we Christians become good news experts!  We like to preach what God is going to do: God is bringing judgment and condemnation to the homosexuals, God is going to judge that city because of their sin, or God is going to move in a certain place because we have fasted and prayed.

Miracles follow the gospel because the gospel is the power of God!  So it is very important that we Christians become good news experts!

There is no power in speaking those kinds of things. The power of God is the gospel – the good news of what Jesus has done. He was our wrath-bearer.  All the anger of God towards sin was poured out on Jesus at the cross! 

I understand there are prophetic words that foretell but that is not the gospel, because the gospel is good news and news is what has already happened. The other is prophecy of what is to come. The power of God is in the announcement of the gospel.  To preach what God has done is the power of God!

Peter Youngren once taught me gospel math: One plus one equals two, plus one equals three.  Math is an absolute science and when you preach the gospel, faith will come. Preaching plus faith equals miracles. This will then add something more to your life called influence.  One is telling the story; then faith is added bringing a miracle; then influence is increased - absolute science.  This is the gospel in which we stand! 

Tell the story of what God has done at the cross. At the cross His blood redeemed us from sin, paid for our healing, brought us peace in every situation. At the cross He released divine direction so that we can know what we need to do.  Tell the good news; tell the gospel news that Jesus has provided for every area of our life.  We have more than enough and this all happened at the cross.

This is the gospel – this is the news that is too good to be true.  We no longer have to ever be lonely because He will never leave us or forsake us. This is good news that has already been accomplished at the cross.  Not only did Jesus conquer all the power of the devil, He conquered all the power of the enemy so that we are more than conquerors.  Where He ended, we begin.  He is seated and His work is finished.  We are also seated with Him in glory.  Go tell the news!  Tell the good news of how He has touched your life.  Tell the good news – it is the power of God!

By: Mike Walker

Rev. Walker along with his wife Jane set out to establish and build a strong local church in Post Falls, ID. Thus came the pioneering of Faith Tabernacle Church. Since that step of faith 23 years ago, this journey has seen them into over twenty countries.

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