World Evangelization’s Power

world evangelization power“We know that we are children of God and that the world around us is under the control of the evil one.”  I John 5:19

The Bible gives us the power for world evangelization.  We know the personal reality, malevolence and might of the Devil, and of the demonic forces at his command.

To us it is a fact of great solemnity that, in John’s expression, “the world around us is under the control of the evil one.”  For until they are liberated by Jesus Christ and transferred into His kingdom, all men and women are the slaves of Satan.

The plundering of the strong man’s palace is possible only because he has been bound by the One who is stronger still, and who by His death and resurrection disarmed and discarded the principalities and powers of evil.

Paul portrays “the god of this world” as having “blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ.”

For it is God who said “let light shine out of darkness” who has shone in our hearts to “give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.”  The apostle Paul likens the unregenerate heart to the dark primeval chaos and attributes regeneration to the divine fiat, “Let there be light.”

If then Satan blinds people’s minds, and God shines into people’s hearts, what can we hope to contribute to this encounter?  Would it not be more modest for us to retire from the field of conflict and leave them to fight it out?

Describing the work of the evangelist: “We preach…Jesus Christ as Lord”  There is power in God’s gospel — His power for salvation.

So it is when we are weak that we are strong.

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