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Emanna for 02/23/2021

Living Christ for the Gospel

Bible Verses

1 Thes 1:5 For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance, even as you know what kind of men we were among you for your sake. Acts 20:18 And when they came to him
[Paul]
, he said to them, You yourselves know, from the first day that I set foot in Asia, how I was with you all the time.

Words of Ministry

The apostles not only preached the gospel; they lived it. Their ministering of the gospel was not only by word, but also by a life which displays the power of God, a life in the Holy Spirit and in the assurance of their faith. They were the model of the glad tidings they spread. In verse 5 powe, the Holy Spirit, and much assurance are linked to the words "what kind of men we were among you for your sake." This verse reveals that if we would preach the gospel in power, in the Holy Spirit, and in much assurance, we must have a life to match this kind of gospel preaching. Our manner of life must match the power, the Holy Spirit, and the assurance. A careless person, one who does not live Christ, cannot preach the gospel in power, in the Holy Spirit, and in much assurance. To preach the gospel in this way, we must first live Christ and have a manner of life to match the power, the Holy Spirit, and the assurance. In other words, the power, the Holy Spirit, and the assurance require a certain manner of life. If we do not have the proper living, we shall not have the power, the Holy Spirit, and the assurance in our gospel preaching, for our manner of life will not match Thessalonianse characteristics.

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry, from Witness Lee, Life- study of Thessalonians, pp. 12-13. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim. Please visit us at www.emanna.com Comments to: comment@emanna.com.