The Victory of the Gospel
God’s word, though ignored, thwarted, ridiculed, and opposed, will always triumph.
Today’s reading: Isaiah 53-55; 1 Thessalonians 2
10 “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, 11 so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:10-11
For you yourselves know, brothers, that our coming to you was not in vain. 1 Thessalonians 2:1
Isaiah gave Israel and the world the greatest message in all of history in chapter 53, that the Servant of the Lord, would bear the sins of His people and “make many to be accounted righteous…” (53:11). This truth, that One who is holy and righteous has taken the just wrath of God for sinners, is at the heart of the gospel message. [See “The Messiah’s Anguish and Satisfaction”].
This is the best news ever told, but would this news get to the world? Would those who desperately need hope for forgiveness and reconciliation with God hear about this? The answer is “yes!” Nothing can stop God’s word from going forth. There were plenty of forces mounted against it, in Paul’s day and in ours. The apostle had “suffered and been shamefully treated in Philippi” (2:1), but he went on to Thessalonica. There he continued to preach the word and this letter shows that the message bore amazing fruit in the lives of the people. Then, through those new believers, it was preached to the surrounding region.
Despite all kinds of opposition, God’s word delivered by His messengers can never be defeated. Are you confident in the power of the gospel to change lives? Are you convinced that God will open doors for His word and then use it as He wills to accomplish its every purpose? Fear not! God’s word will triumph. Proclaim it with confidence wherever you can.