How often do you read a statement that causes you to pause and do a double-take? You read it again, and it starts burrowing into your soul because the truth is that powerful. The demand for some kind of response stirs deep within. I came across such a phrase today: “…the effectual communication of the gospel, resulting in salvation.” Whoa. To coin a phrase from David—pause and think about that!
Does that mean if we, as obedient Christians, communicate the gospel actively and with energy (the Greek definition of the word effectual), we’ll see people come to a saving knowledge of grace? I think it does.
When Peter spoke of the sincere milk of the Word by which we grow, he was portraying the pure, unadulterated teaching of the Word of God, without foreign mixture; no folds or wrinkles. Interesting word painting. Pure. No add-ins of man’s ideas, nothing dangerous or sneaky hidden in the folds of a covering agenda of our own. Nothing but the effectual communication of the gospel that results in salvation for those who hear us.
The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth – so help me, God! The pure, unadulterated teaching of the Word of God. Ours is not an “I-think” religion. We must teach according to the truth found in the Bible, or be wrong no matter how eloquent we are, AW Tozer wrote.
We commit grave error if we proclaim anything less than the true gospel to those who so desperately need to hear of God’s redeeming grace. We worship in vain if we hold forth the doctrine of God while we also hold dangerous philosophies in the folds and wrinkles of our declarations. A bit of truth stirred in with false doctrine is an effective trick of the enemy of human souls.
“Knowledge is essential to belief.” Our effectual communication of the gospel will result in the salvation of the lost. When we know the truth, God can use us to show others the freedom therein. Energized by the power of the Holy Spirit within, and active in obedience to His sending us out, we can be part of a growing kingdom of God. Pause and think of that!Tags: effectual, knowledge