The Power of the Gospel
Lesson 5

Nearly everyone in the world wants power. Some try to find it by wealth, some go into politics, others seek it through learning, and others find other ways to gain power. No matter which avenue men may follow, the goal of the natural heart is always the same—power of some kind. In their pursuit of these things men often gain the advantage they seek at the expense of others. While God has placed within each person a desire to obtain something better than he has, this striving for worldly power is not the answer to that need.

1. What power does God offer each person?

Romans 1:16
Romans 1:16

Note: The power for which men are seeking will destroy them, while the power that God wants to give them will save them. The gospel brings all men this saving power. It is nothing less than the power of God Himself.

2. Where is God’s power most clearly seen?

Romans 1:20
Romans 1:20

Note: It is creation that most clearly reveals the power of God. The power of God unto salvation is nothing more than the creative power of God working in men to effect their salvation.

3. How did God create the worlds?

Psalm 33:6, 9
Psalm 33:6,9

Note: When Jesus was on the earth, He healed the sick, cleansed the lepers, gave sight to the blind, and raised the dead, all by His powerful Word. Thus, when we read in the Scriptures His will for our lives, the power to make this a reality in our lives is in that Word if we are willing to allow it to work in us, accomplishing that which He desires it to accomplish in us.

4. Where can this power be found?

1 Corinthians 1:23–24
1 Corinthians 1:23-24

5. Who is the active agent in the creation of all things?

Hebrews 1:1–2
Hebrews 1:1-2

Note: In Colossians 1:14–17 Paul tells us that it is because He is our Creator that Christ is able to be our Redeemer.

6. Once having been created, how do all things continue on?

Hebrews 1:2–3
Hebrews 1:2-3

Note: Creation is not like a clock, wound up and then left to run. That which we take for granted, like the power that keeps the earth in its orbit around the sun, is in reality a demonstration of the power of God’s Word that established the principle of one object attracting another, so that we have something called gravity. Because it always works and we have never known things to be any other way, we forget that it works this way because God made it so and it is but a manifestation of His power.

7. How did the apostle Peter state the same truth?

2 Peter 3:5–7
2 Peter 3:5-7

8. What is God’s will with regard to us?

1 Thessalonians 4:3
1 Thessalonians 4:3

Note: The word sanctify, from which sanctification comes, means to make holy, or set apart for a holy use. While He would have us abstain from all impurity, as the text states, sanctification goes far beyond this; it demands purity and holiness in every aspect of our lives.

9. How is this accomplished in our lives?

1 Thessalonians 2:13
1 Thessalonians 2:13

Note: In Luke 7 is the story of a centurion whose servant was sick. This man sent word to Jesus, requesting that He should heal his servant. As Jesus began making His way to the man’s home, he came himself to Jesus with the message that he did not consider himself worthy to have Jesus come to his home, but that if Christ would but speak the word, he knew that his servant would be healed. Jesus testified that He had not found such faith in all Israel. He recognized this man’s faith in His word, to accomplish the thing spoken as giving evidence of great faith. Paul states the same truth; there is power in the Word to bring our lives into harmony with its principles, if we are willing.

10. In Christ, what do we become?

2 Corinthians 5:17
2 Corinthians 5:17

Note: David states the same truth when, in Psalm 51:10, he says: “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” The new life in Christ is not a modification of the old, but a new creation. See also Galatians 6:15.

11. Who then is truly living in us?

Galatians 2:20
Galatians 2:20

12. Whose mind is then controlling in our life?

1 Corinthians 2:16
1 Corinthians 2:16

Note: Abundant grace has been provided that the believing Christian may be kept free from the moral pollution of sin. All heaven, with its limitless resources, has been placed at our command, for “where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.” Romans 5:20. This power that we have to overcome Satan is the result of Christ working in us both to will and to do of His good pleasure. See Philippians 2:13.

13. What does Peter say about the life of Jesus?

1 Peter 2:21–22
1 Peter 2:21-22

14. What was Jesus attitude towards His Father’s authority?

Psalm 40:8
Psalm 40:8

Note: Jesus could say of His life, that He did always those things which pleased His Father. See John 8:29. He could also say that He had kept His Father’s commandments. See John 15:10.

15. In contrast, what is the attitude of the natural man to God’s law?

Romans 8:7
Romans 8:7

16. When God’s Word abides in our hearts, what change will it work in our lives?

Psalm 119:11
Psalm 119:11

17. What is God able to do for those who accept the gospel?

2 Peter 2:9
2 Peter 2:9

Note: The power of evil is so identified with human nature that no man can overcome except by union with Christ. The change in human hearts, the transformation of human characters, is a miracle that reveals an ever-living Saviour, exercising His creative power to rescue souls, transforming them so that they again reflect the divine likeness.

18. What does the Lord speak to His people?

Psalm 85:8
Psalm 85:8

19. What gives us peace?

Psalm 119:165
Psalm 119:165

Note: As it is a love for God’s law that gives us peace, when God speaks peace to us, He is speaking His law to us.

20. What is the promise of the New Covenant?

Hebrews 8:10
Hebrews 8:10

Note: It was by His Word that God spoke the world into existence. It was by His Word that Jesus healed the sick, cleansed the lepers, and raised the dead. It is by His Word that God speaks His law into our hearts, filling us with peace and love, causing us to reflect the image of our Creator and Saviour, Jesus Christ. The life that He lived while here on earth we then live, to reflect to others the likeness of God, that by that reflection they too might be drawn to Him.

The word gospel really means good news. It is the good news that, if we are willing, God will re-create us into His divine likeness, that we may once again reflect His image (see Genesis 1:27), so that instead of being disobedient, we will live the obedient life of Jesus. The power He desires us to have is His own power, that we may become like Him in character.

 

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