The Miracle of the Simplicity of the Gospel
By Julio Severo
Apostle Paul was a great expositor of the Gospel. He was a theologian, but his Christianity was not just words. It was theology and practice at the same time.
“My speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.” (1 Corinthians 2:4-5 ESV)
Paul did not want Christians to base their faith on mere theological wisdom without the power of the Holy Spirit. For him, good theology was the Gospel with action, that is, the Gospel and the power of the Holy Spirit should always go together.
The Bible says that Paul laid his hands on the new Christians and they were baptized in the Holy Spirit, speaking in strange tongues and prophesying. Paul wanted Christians, already at the beginning of their Christian lives, living in the anointing of the Holy Spirit and proclaiming the Gospel. How we need pastors today imitating Paul and, with anointing and authority, laying their hands on Christians so they may speak in strange tongues and prophesy.
The Bible says that in Paul’s services people took pieces of clothing that Paul wore and whoever touched them was healed and set free from demons. How we need pastors today imitating Paul and, with anointing and authority, allowing people to bring clothes to services to be prayed for or anointed on and then taken to the sick and oppressed by demons.
The Bible says that in Paul’s services, people who had converted and abandoned witchcraft and other wrong practices publicly confessed their sins to the congregation and burned their books of witchcraft and the occult in front of everyone. How we need pastors today imitating Paul and, with anointing and authority, giving room for converts to give testimony in services and burning and destroying their books and objects of witchcraft and the occult in front of everyone.
Paul was a great expositor of the Word and the power of God.
We urgently need to return to the simplicity of the Gospel that the Apostle Paul demonstrated so well in word and deed.
It is a pity that today many who boast of being great expositors of the Word limit their exposition to words only, giving no room to the exposition of the power of the Holy Spirit with strange tongues, prophecies, casting out demons, healing, deliverance from witchcraft, anointed clothes for healing and deliverance, etc. They like the exposition of words, but not of power. They do not like to imitate all the simplicity of the Gospel that Paul preached and demonstrated.
Here is what the Bible shows about the simplicity of Paul’s Gospel:
“And when Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began speaking in tongues and prophesying. And God was doing extraordinary miracles by the hands of Paul, so that even handkerchiefs or aprons that had touched his skin were carried away to the sick, and their diseases left them and the evil spirits came out of them. Also many of those who were now believers came, confessing and divulging their practices. And a number of those who had practiced magic arts brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all. And they counted the value of them and found it came to fifty thousand pieces of silver. So the word of the Lord continued to increase and prevail mightily.” (Acts 19:6, 11-12, 18-20 ESV)
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