The Dynamite Power of the Gospel – Benjamin Kwashi

The Dynamite Power of the Gospel – Benjamin Kwashi


>>Praise the Lord, amen. I am convinced that we have a Gospel to proclaim.
I am convinced that we have a Gospel worth living for. And a Gospel worth dying for.
“For I’m not ashamed of the Gospel, it is the power of God for salvation to everyone
who has faith, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it, the righteousness of
God is revealed through faith for faith. As it is written, one who is righteous will live
by faith.” In these two verses, Paul encapsulates the centre core of his theology and of his
way of life. Remember that this remarkable man had not just been a non-Christian, but
a fanatical, militant activist committed to the extermination of Christians and to the
total eradication of their faith. After his encounter with Christ on the Damascus
road he was totally changed and his whole life was thereafter given not to the eradication,
but to the proclamation of the Gospel. He became eager to preach to as many people as
he could reach, including Romans, the colonial overlords, despised and hated by many of his
people. This was for Paul, as it is for many today, a task which needed courage. Paul,
however, emphasizes that he’s not ashamed of the Gospel. It is the Gospel which has
the power to change lives and even to change prevailing circumstances. Paul speaks from personal experience. He knows
how a person of another faith can be totally changed and transformed. The Gospel is powerful.
It is dynamite. This Gospel is the power of God working toward the salvation of everyone
who believes. It is more than just preaching. More than just talking. It is not merely an
announcement of the fact that salvation will take place one day. The Gospel is itself a
divine power, leading to salvation. It leads to faith and action. To the restoration of
lives of communities, of environments. Let me state three vital factors. The Gospel
for the whole world. At the front, at the foot of the cross there is no favoritism.
Living for Christ is living for others, for all others. It is service delivery. It is
missionary. It is total dedication and commitment to Christ and to obeying him. It is Christians,
is as Christians, if as Christians we desire to bring others to Christ, to establish the
reign of truth and righteousness in the society and finally attain everlasting life, then
the only way to live, is to totally surrender to Jesus Christ. To die to self. And to live
in the service of others. This kind of life will spark revival in the family, bring transformation
in the community, and renewal wherever such a person, servant of Jesus Christ, is found. But also the Gospel is powerful. The Gospel
is powerful as is demonstrated by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. By that
single event we see that final defeat of Satan, of the powers of hell, of sin and all that
is evil. It is therefore no use at any point in life or time to be afraid, to submit or
to surrender to the devil because the devil and all his powers have been defeated by Jesus
Christ, hallelujah. This is why the Gospel is very powerful. However, we must take on three things quickly.
It takes a determined cumulative effort to keep teaching the word of God until the truth
of how to live and obey God’s word is learned, accepted, and obeyed. Secondly, the Gospel must be lived out with
undiminishing consistency, in service to God, to the community, and all people. Thirdly, we must be diligent, faithfully seeking
to live as Christians who truly believe the Gospel. We must bring our faith to bear in
all that we do, in order to bring glory to God. Thirdly, the effect of the gospel. The Gospel
calls for a decision that each person must make, and such a decision will determine the
eternal destination of that person. Such a decision when made must bring the believer’s
life into conformity with the eternal truth of God’s word, his Son, Jesus Christ, and
of the Holy Spirit. It is significant that it is the Gospel’s power that manifests God’s
righteousness in us and also empowers us to live righteous lives in such a manner that
even unbelievers will acknowledge that righteousness is being lived by the followers of Jesus. Let me conclude. Those who carry the message
of the Gospel will not always be welcomed. There may be intimidation, humiliation, persecution,
and suffering. St. Paul knew all of these, but he refused to give up. He searched out
peoples of all faiths, Jews, worshippers of pagan idols, those who served unknown gods,
always under all circumstances, his concern, his aim, his reason for living was to press
on with getting the Gospel out. The Gospel which had so caught and transformed him that
he knew that no one was beyond its reach and power. This is the power which has been given to
our hands, and into our hearts today, to bear witness, to the love of Jesus Christ with
everybody everywhere. This is not primarily a matter of academic debate, a round table
discussion, or even media bombardment. It is simply living the Gospel of Jesus Christ
in the power of the Holy Spirit, day in and out, in such a way that others may see, and
are challenged, and are surprised. If it is truly the Gospel, that Gospel being proclaimed
will assuredly bring life, light, growth. Because of the Gospel, structures will be
developed for the building of life together in community for the care of the environment.
At the same time, a part of the Gospel will militate against all forms of dehumanization
and degradation. In 1987 in March, 7-12, 100 churches in Zaire
City were burned down and over 300 Christian homes and businesses, cars and a couple of
people killed and destroyed. I was the leader then of the Christian Association, Zaire chapter.
And the Lord asked me to tell the people to do nothing. And I wrote that letter, it was
circulated, and the Christians watched as their businesses were being destroyed and
homes killed. In 2010 I was in Jos as bishop. To the date,
7th to the 12th of March, three villages in the near outskirts of Jos Muslims massacred
men, women and children, and the church leaders, we were all convinced to beg the villagers
and those that survived and the entire Christian community to do nothing. They cried until
their voices were dried up, and tears dried up, and there was nothing more to cry, and
they just watched. In 2006 over 40 people came to my house to
kill me. It turned out I postponed my return home and they met my wife. They did unspeakable
things to her, beat her, left her half dead and totally blind. Through the mercy of God
she recovered. Six months later in the U.S.A. she came back, exactly one year later they
came back again, this time they met me at home. Over 30 people came, broke down the
house, they had their time, broke down the back door, came in and took me out to kill
me. They later on changed their minds and said they would kill me in my bedroom, I pleaded
with them to pray. And they allowed me to pray. As I prostrated before the Lord, about
two minutes later my wife was holding my hands. Five minutes later my son came in and I said,
‘What are you doing here?’ and he said, ‘Daddy, they have gone.’ What chased them
away, what they saw, what they didn’t see, only eternity will reveal. Now friends, I’m not saying this to play
down on those who have died, I have a classmate who was a pastor in Kaduna. He was roasted
in his church. I have lost colleagues, schoolmates, and brothers and sisters who have slaughtered
for the faith. Why I’m alive, I don’t know. But one thing I know, until my time is up,
and I know I will die some day, blood crash, air crash, car crash, whatever crash, until
that day, I have a Gospel to proclaim. I have a Gospel worth living for, and I have a Gospel
worth dying for. Amen.

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