ARE WE PREACHING THE FULL GOSPEL?
Luk 6:17 Then he came down with them and stood on a level place. And a large number of his disciples had gathered along with a vast multitude from all over Judea, from Jerusalem, and from the coastal region of Tyre and Sidon. They came to hear him and to be healed of their diseases,
Luk 6:18 and those who suffered from unclean spirits were cured.
Luk 6:19 The whole crowd was trying to touch him, because power was coming out from him and healing them all.
when power comes
The healing and deliverance that people experienced in the ministry of Jesus was a demonstration not only of Jesus’ power, but proof of the validity of his words. So, the people came to hear his message, and were healed and delivered in the process. The day of miracles in ministry is not over, and the Holy Spirit has not ceased to exist. We should expect miracles and restoration to occur, but only if we are careful to actually be proclaiming the same message that Christ did. He taught that God is restoring his kingdom to the earth, so we need to get ready for that kingdom. He also taught that those not ready on the judgement day will be destroyed. It is hard for some people to see that message as good news, so they are eager to dumb it down, making the message more positive. But changing the gospel robs it of its power to deliver.
LORD, give us the courage to preach the full gospel: its positive and negative words.