I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. 5 For in him you have been enriched in every way—with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge— 6 God thus confirming our testimony about Christ among you.
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile (Romans 1:16).
For we know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that he has chosen you, 5 because our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction (1Thess.1:4,5a).
The gospel works. It is powerful. We tell people they will find true riches in Christ – that “in him” they will be “enriched in every way”- and lo and behold it happens. We not only speak words; God actually does something in their lives. He confirms our testimony in them. He works not only through our speaking, but also in their hearing and understanding; in their experience. He gives us conviction in the message and He convinces in their hearts.
I am not saying that everyone who hears the good news about Jesus will be saved. But the elect will be, at the time of God’s choosing. So may God help us to be brave in broadcasting this message.
Prayer: Help me to never be ashamed of the gospel, but believe in its power.