You know…. how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him. (Acts 10:37-38)
Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. (John 14:12)
And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well. (Mark 16:17-18)
Some Christians seriously believe that those verses should have been better omitted from the Bible. They believe in a powerless Christianity without the supernatural power of the Risen Christ. They believe that power is not for today’s Christians.
Have they not looked at the fastest growing churches in the world today? Have they not noticed the churches where there is revival right now in South America, in Africa and Asia? They are all churches that believe in the full gospel in the Bible (the gospel without bits left out!) – there is where God is moving: with healings, miracles and deliverance from demons.
Why would I want to believe in and/or preach a powerless gospel?
I would have to tell a believer who is dying of cancer or any other deadly disease: “Sorry, God doesn’t heal any more. You just have to wait for death!” I’d have to tell that other person who is plagued by terrorising fear, “Sorry God doesn’t deliver you from spirits any more, you just have to put up with it and hope for the best!” And when someone is seeking to hear a much needed word from God for advice or direction, I’d have to say, “Sorry, God doesn’t speak today any more. Just do what you think is best and hope for the best!”
What a load of nonsense! The bible clearly teaches:
Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
God has not changed His mind. Mark 16: 17-18 is still the words of Jesus for “those who believe”!
“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.” said Jesus in Matthew 24:35
So, there is a serious flaw in the powerless gospel of some churches. They are only preaching half the truth.
The Churches that are growing these days around the world believe in the whole truth as revealed in the Bible.
Paul teaches in 1 Corinthians 12:1,7-11:
“Now about the gifts of the Spirit, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed…
Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.
1. To one there is given through the Spirit a word of wisdom,
2. to another a word of knowledge by means of the same Spirit,
3. to another faith by the same Spirit,
4. to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit,
5. to another miraculous powers,
6. to another prophecy,
7. to another discernment of spirits,
8. to another speaking in different kinds of tongues,
9. and to still another the interpretation of tongues.
All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.”
To each one of us God wants to give his supernatural power, because God is supernatural and we are His children.
Paul goes on to say in 1 Corinthians 14:1:
“… eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit,especially prophecy.”
How much clearer could he be? One really must be hard of heart and hard of hearing to miss what the Spirit of God is saying through His Word.
From what I can see, we have two options as Christians:
- Live a mediocre and usually defeated Christian life without the power to effectively evangelise, or
- Live in the power of the Holy Spirit displaying the real gospel (good news) with signs and wonders, as Jesus said we should.
Which one will you choose?
If you are not experiencing these gifts of the Holy Spirit in your life or if you are not seeing signs and wonders when you preach the gospel then you need to seek God for His power from on high as the Scriptures teach:
Matthew 3:11 “But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He [Jesus] will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”
Acts 1:8 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”