The power of the Gospel

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.–Romans 1:16

Let’s face it, everybody wants to rule the world these days.  That old song of Tears for Fears came to my mind this morning, as I considered gender roles, but also doctrines competing for our mindspace.

Growing up, I didn’t have Jesus.  Oh, He called me at an early age, about five,  I think.  But somehow, I got disconnected.  I was tossed to and fro in the world.  One church, another.  My sister used to read someone called Ram Dass.  Though Catholic at the time, she also read some Eastern junk.  In my twenties, I was into New age stuff, exploring Catholicism, yoga, anything.    I was really looking for the power of God.

Thankfully, after wandering many years, a young man came to me and told me the truth about Jesus.  I went to an apostolic pentecostal church.  That is, we follow the apostle’s doctrine, and we believe in the experience they had in the Book of Acts, that it is still valid for us today.  I absolutely believe in the supernatural power of God to manifest itself in our world.

You see, Christianity is more than just the teachings of Jesus.  It isn’t all theologies and philosophies.  Oh, here, the gospel is incomplete so I will throw in this little pet thought of man’s wisdom.  NO!   A truth is only valid if it supports the whole truth of the Bible.  Thy word is truth.

First of all, most of what passes for science is theory.  Evolution is theory.  Different psychologists will have different studies about different things.  But does it support the Gospel?  My problem with evolutionary pscyhology isn’t just that it is unproven.  It is that it is based on the natural, the physical.  I am hard-wired, it’s in my DNA.

Jesus came to Nicodemus and spoke to him of a New Birth.   Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. John 3:3.  Nicodemus could only see with the natural eye, the natural mind.  Can a man crawl back into his mother’s womb?

Jesus goes beyond the natural, takes us to a higher level.  First came the earthy man.  Lastly comes the spiritual.  All things are made new.  No matter how the natural man was in the beginning, God through Christ, takes us to the spiritual, which is the true substance, while the rest is shadow.  Jesus can change, TRANSFORM, who we are.  I was born that way.  Yes, but through Jesus you can be RE-BORN.

Women are hard-wired to want to control their environment.  We get so used to managing our homes, our children, that we see the man as an extra child we have to feed, clothes, take care of.    But God never intended that we should control our husbands.  So how do we OVERCOME our wiring?  How do we become the submissive, virtuous, woman of strength and honor God wants us to be?

But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.–Acts 1:8

We look at the commandments of Ephesians 5, and we think these things can be done through our human power alone?  Submit to our husband?  What?  Love your wives?  What?  Agape, unconditional love?  Boy, that stretches my DNA.  That stretches my natural man to its limits.

The gospel isn’t just about teachings.   Jesus wasn’t just a teacher.  Doctrine yes, is essential, but doctrine can only be accomplished through the Spirit.   It was only after the miraculous outpouring of the Holy Ghost that the people followed the apostle’s doctrine.   I don’t care what your natural man is like; have you become a spiritual man?  If you believe our future in Christ is only through the natural formations of our DNA, of our hard-wiring, then you need to come into the Holy of Holies with me.

Have you received the HOLY GHOST since you believed?

Pamela Parizo © 2017