Devotion: Incomplete gospel

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It is the aspiration of everyone to get solutions to the myriad and complex problems faced on earth.

Those that hope in the Gospel of Christ have solace in the knowledge that the problems are solvable through the Word of God.

Those that hope in Christ know that the solution to physical death is eternal life. Although there is no consensus, some rightly believe that for sickness and disease there is divine healing and for poverty there is prosperity.

In fact, there is an answer to all problems on earth in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The challenge is that some people have spent years or even a lifetime without fully accessing the solutions the Bible promises. Where does the problem lie?

Today we want to look at the nature of the gospel you are relying on; is it adequate or is it an incomplete gospel? To tackle this issue I will use what I call the Apollos Theory.

Haven’t you ever been to a service you still felt you needed a personal touch from God after the “statutory” requirements, procedures and protocols?

One day Apostle Paul was sitting in church and after the service, the moderator sensed that people were still hungry for something more and asked Paul to give the people a word of hope.

Acts 13:15 reads, “And after the reading of the law and the prophets the rulers of the synagogue sent unto them, saying, Ye men and brethren, if ye have any word of exhortation for the people, say on.”

They had done all Scripture reading, hymns and psalms had been sung, communion had been taken and they had gone through the list of all the items including prophetic dancing, but still felt empty and depressed.

When you go to church cursed you have to come out blessed, chains of bondage broken, burdens and all issues left at the altar as Hannah did in 1 Samuel 1:18, “So the woman went her way, and did eat, and her countenance was no more sad.”

This principle is found in the temple as Ezekiel 49:6 says, “But when the people of the land shall come before the LORD in the solemn feasts, he that entereth in by the way of the north gate to worship shall go out by the way of the south gate; and he that entereth by the way of the south gate shall go forth by the way of the north gate: he shall not return by the way of the gate whereby he came in, but shall go forth over against it.”

Do you remember your primary school teacher telling you 1 minus 2 equals it can’t?

As you learnt more and went to secondary school they told you the answer was -1.

Both answers are correct, but if you had not gone to secondary school you would still say it can’t.

Don’t you think some issues in your life that you say it can’t simply need secondary level?

I know you believe such verses as the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Joel 2:28-28 and signs for believers in Mark 16:17-20.

The problem is you cannot experience the spirit of the Word. Let us look at the Apollos Theory in Acts 18:24-25, “And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus.

This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John.”

If you read further you will see that Aquila and Priscilla took him aside and gave him the current and updated version of the true Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Note that at this time Jesus had already come and died and rose but Apollos with all his doctorates in theology was stuck at John the Baptist’s message that a greater than him was coming the latchet of whose shoes he was not worthy to stoop down and unloose.

Check the gospel you are following. Isn’t it keeping you outside instead of getting you inside?

Aren’t you being enslaved instead of being freed?

Is it the full Gospel of the crucified and risen Christ who said all power is given to you?

The good thing about Apollos is that he accepted correction and became one of the greatest apostles of the early church as shown by Paul’s remarks in 1 Corinthians 1:12, “Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ.”

Get the complete Gospel of Jesus Christ, you are destined for greatness. Don’t limit the power of God, you are going somewhere.

All Scripture quotations are from the King James Version of the Bible.

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