Today I realized I had forgotten the power of the Gospel of Jesus. Like many I have reduced it to salvation and limited the power of God to work in my life. The Gospel is more that salvation. Salvation is just the beginning.
In Luke 18:19 Jesus quotes Isaiah: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon ME, because HE anointed ME to preach the gospel to the poor. HE has sent ME to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, TO set free those who are oppressed, TO proclaim the favorable year of the Lord.”
Many ministers will interpret this passage in Luke to be exclusively symbolic of salvation; however, this quote is from Isaiah and the text that follows contains promises. In Isaiah 61:5-6 the Lord promises that strangers will stand and pasture our flocks, foreigners will be our farmers and vine dressers, we will be called priests of the Lord and spoken of as ministers of our God, we will eat the wealth of nations, and in their riches we will boast.
Their will be no foreigners or strangers in heaven, so this does not refer to the after-life. This refers to today. The Gospel is more than salvation, it is the power and resources we need to be proper representatives of a living God. A representative of any person of power reflects that power in their appearance and behavior. We should expect to do no less for a living God. Our God is a God of power and He demonstrates that power through His people. Believe and trust God to provide you with everything you need to represent His glory and power in this world.
God has promised signs to the world so that those who serve the Lord can be identified. In Mark 16:17-18 Jesus said “in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues; they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” It is time for us to once again represent our living God with power that no unbeliever can deny. We are not hear to tell people that God is alive, we are here to demonstrate His glory and power!