The Gospel in Power

"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God 
to salvation for everyone who believes." 

Romans 1:16

In his book, The Soulwinner,  Charles H. Spurgeon wrote, "It is not our way of putting the Gospel, or our method of illustrating it, but the Gospel itself does the work in the hands of the Holy Spirit. We must look to Him for the thorough conversion of men."

Spurgeon was no academic theologian who did nothing but discuss the finer points of theological inquiry. His heart was passionate to plead for others to come by faith to Christ. He was a Gospel preacher first and foremost. He preached not himself but Christ and Him crucified. He, like the apostle Paul, was not ashamed of the gospel.

Spurgeon knew full well that there would be no conversion without the clear preaching of the Gospel and the power of the Holy Spirit. The two must be inseparable. The apostle Paul maintained the same understanding. He wrote, "For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance" (1 Thessalonians 1:5). Therefore, let us always share with others "the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God."

The Gospel must be heard for real conversion to take place, yet that can never happen without the convicting and regenerating work of the Holy Spirit. God uses the preacher to declare the Gospel. The Holy Spirit uses the Gospel to bring conviction and new birth. So, let every preacher and every Christian say, "I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ."

Spurgeon reminded preachers and soul-winners that it's not our method of presentation. "The Gospel itself does the work in the hands of the Holy Spirit." Let us continue to declare the Gospel clearly, simply, and faithfully, knowing that the Holy Spirit still uses the Gospel to change the hearts of people. May we always remember, that the gospel of Christ is "salvation for everyone who believes."