Mystery of the Gospel Unfolded
GWEA Monthly Message - August 2022
REVEREND GORDON WILLIAMS
All throughout the New Testament, the apostle Paul revealed and shocked people with God’s mystery story “as it has now been revealed to His holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit” (Eph. 3:1-13). It is a thriller, with all the intrigue, twists of plot and fascinating characters a person could ask for in a mystery story.
As the story unfolds, there is God. There are other gods but not one like Jesus. There is sin. There are murders. There is rebellion. There is war. The enemies of God’s people battle against God’s people. There is worship. There are victories. There are prophecies. God becomes a man. Jesus ministers. There are miracles. Jesus is betrayed and killed. Jesus won’t stay dead; Jesus is raised to life again. Jesus ascends in Heaven. Jesus sent the Holy Spirit, not only to Jews, but to the Gentiles.
God’s people are promised eternal life. They go into the whole world preaching the good news. The Bible is full of drama! No wonder there has been so many movies made about God and the Kingdom of Heaven. The Bible makes for some great documentaries. It’s a “who dunnit” plot. Yet, amid all the mystery, we know that Jesus “did it all” when He died on the Cross of Calvary for all sinners.
“Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends” (Jn. 10:11, 15:13; Rom. 5:8). When we receive Jesus as our Saviour and Lord, the mystery is solved. The Holy Spirit begins to unravel “the unsearchable riches of Christ” (Eph. 3:8) for us, amongst which is the revelation that we, as the Church are to share in God’s eternal purpose and plan as fulfilled through Jesus.
When Jesus said “the Kingdom of God is within you,” He wasn’t saying that it was inside everyone naturally. His answer was in reply to a question asked by some Pharisees who wanted to know when the Kingdom would come (Jn. 3:3). The word “kingdom” in Greek does not refer to a place, but rather the exercising of authority or ruling over people, or governing of people.
The Kingdom of God can’t be seen coming, because it comes by means of the Holy Spirit who can’t be seen. The Holy Spirit comes to put the Kingdom of God into place and into operation in people’s hearts. He is like the wind. You can’t see Him coming, but you can see the results after he has come (Jn. 3:7,8).
When people are born again and filled with the Power of the Holy Spirit, great changes are visible through their attitudes, values, speech, demeanor, goals and even appearance. So, on the one hand, you cannot say, “here it is, “or “there it is,” (Lk. 17:21) but if you have the eyes to see and the ears to hear (Eph. 1:17-18), you can identify the Kingdom of God in people’s lives by both their “witness” (Acts 1:8) and the “signs following” them (Mk. 16:17, 18).
If you and/or a family member would like to receive Salvation, the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, healing, deliverance, Gifts of the Holy Spirit, etc., we invite you to come to one of our Zoom or in-house Holy Spirit worship meetings so we can pray for you. Help us increase the harvest for souls and peoples’ hearts for God’s Kingdom!
If you, and/or a family member, friend, co-worker, acquaintance, etc. want to receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, I invite you to come to one of our weekly "Holy Spirit" Zoom Meetings or contact me. With the Holy Spirit guiding us, we can be successful and succeed in doing everything that Jesus has planned for us.
Copyright © 2022. The Gordon Williams Evangelistic Association. All rights reserved.