The gospel has been moving into the nations for centuries and will move on until Jesus comes back by Gospel Power. Gospel power is divine. It is from the trinity. It is a portion for believers. It is the energy that propels preachers and ministers of the Gospel. Gospel power is what sustains motivation in believers. Demonstration of power illustrates the hand of God in Gospel ministry. Without Gospel power ministry is very difficult.
Power is defined as the ability to do work. It is the capacity to influence behaviour. The world has many powers; political, financial and physical but the Gospel power is superior. The nations that speak and they are heard are powerful in some way. Leadership which is influence has to have power in it. Without power there is no leadership. Jesus left the disciples with a promise that they will receive power when the Holy Ghost comes upon them. Upon reception of this power, they did marvellous and powerful things. They influenced the world then and generations that came later. They shook regions and nations with the Gospel. They were unstoppable because divine power was over them. The power of God brought down many kingdoms that rose against God’s people. It is power that Moses used to defeat pharaoh and liberate the Israelites from Egypt. David used divine power to defeat Goliath and the philistines. Gideon used God’s ability to defeat the medianites. The generals in Hebrews 11 managed to be champions of faith because of divine power from Jehovah.
The apostles and the prophets laid a strong foundation of the church (Ephesians 2:20) using divine power. It is power that propelled Elijah, Elisha, Samuel, Paul, Peter, Philip and others. Jesus, the cornerstone told the disciples that all power in heaven and earth has been given to Him. The teachings of Jesus were powerful and had more authority because they were loaded with power. He exercised power in driving out demons, raising the dead, opening blind eyes and working miracles. He operated with superior power than anyone else could. The good news (gospel) overcame and overcomes bad news by the power of Jesus.
Post the apostolic time, men and women have done extra ordinary works in the kingdom. Some have been labelled apostles of faith because of power that moved in their lives. We have heard of mega churches, great multitudes coming to Jesus, astounding miracles including creative miracles where people without some body organs have had some created.
These works are due to divine power from the almighty. Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8) and that God neither changes (Malachi 3:6) nor can He lie (Titus 1:2). The power that moved with the prophets, the apostles and post apostolic ministers can touch and move in you today.
Pst. Eliphas Gitonga/Senior Pastor, Gospel Across the Nations.