By the foolishness of preaching
- “Since God in his wisdom saw to it that the world would never know him through human wisdom, He has used our foolish preaching to save those who believe.”
- From then on Jesus began to preach, “Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near.”
- And then He told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone. Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned.”
- Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures. And He said, “Yes, it was written long ago that the Messiah would suffer and die and rise from the dead on the third day. It was also written that this message would be proclaimed in the authority of his name to all the nations: “There is forgiveness of sins for all who repent.”
- “For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes.”
A death sentence has already been placed on this world. The good news is that a way of escape has been offered to everyone who has become wearied with wickedness; and that way is the Son of God—Jesus, the Christ!
Since you just read, it’s by the foolishness of preaching that you can be saved, what is this gospel message that is being preached? Follow below as Peter shares the message that is still being preached around the world. If you have not been saved and born again of the Spirit, may this message have the same effect on you as it did on those to whom Peter preached.
The Gospel Message (Acts 10:36, 38-47)
This is the message of Good News—that there is peace with God through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all.
And you know that God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. Then Jesus went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him. And we apostles are witnesses of all He did.
They put Him to death by hanging Him on a cross, but God raised Him to life on the third day. Then God allowed Him to appear, not to the general public, but to us whom God had chosen in advance to be His witnesses. We were those who ate and drank with Him after He rose from the dead.
And He ordered us to preach everywhere and to testify that Jesus is the one appointed by God to be the judge of all—the living and the dead.
He is the one all the prophets testified about, saying that everyone who believes in Him will have their sins forgiven through His name.
Even as Peter was saying these things, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who were listening to the message. For they heard them speaking in other tongues and praising God.
Then Peter asked, “Can anyone object to their being baptized, now that they have received the Holy Spirit just as we did?”
As this gospel message goes forth, God imparts the gift of faith that we might believe in His Son in order to be saved and born again of the Spirit. (“So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ” Romans 10:17.)
We humans are able to believe whatever we choose to believe, right or wrong. So our natural ability to believe is not enough to transact spiritual business. That’s why God gives us faith, a spiritual currency, to believe in His Son Jesus, the Christ. (“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast” Ephesians 2:8-9.)