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What do they see?

Posted by on Sep 8, 2007 in blog links, love, service | 3 comments

My good friend Eric, from “Hammer and Nail“, published an excellent post called “Let Them See the Gospel“. Eric reminds us of why our love for one another is so important:

During His last night with His disciples, Jesus gave this three-fold command. He tells them “to love one another” three times. Our Lord was clearly trying to make a point.
First, Jesus gives the command to love one another. Then, He refines this by telling them to love one another as He has loved them. This is staggering considering that He was about to head to the cross. Finally, Jesus says that if they love one another as He has loved them, then all people will know that they are His disciples.

This is extremely important for evangelism. Jesus makes it clear that our love for one another will cause others to know that we follow Him. This, then, will open up a door to share the Gospel message. If people see that we are different (because we are followers of Christ), then they may be interested in why we believe and live differently than the world does.

I’ve discussed this issue before. Scripture tells us that “the world” should be able to recognize our love (“All people will know that you are my disciples…“) and our unity (“John 17 and Unity…“). (As a side note, I think this says something about the connection between love and unity.)

Eric concludes that our proclamation of the gospel in words must be accompanied by our proclamation of the gospel in deeds:

So, how can the world see the Gospel in me? It is simple really – by loving others. When I use the word “love” here, I am not employing the modern American meaning of some sort of warm feeling. Rather, in the bible, love is clearly an action that shows itself in service toward others. That said, I can cause others to see the Gospel in me by showing love through serving them.

Are people hearing your proclamation of the gospel? Are they seeing your proclamation of the gospel?


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  1. 9-8-2007


    Thanks for the “Link Love.”


  2. 9-10-2007


    We see that our actions confirm the words that we speak. You’ve pointed this out very well in a few of your posts. I’ve been thinking on this for a few days now. Our words are empty until confirmed by our action. If we can realize this how much more does God know this.

    I look at and compare the Church of today to the beginning of the Church in Acts and see something major that is lacking in the Church today…His words being spoken through us but confirmed by His action. If they are indeed His words shouldn’t He be the one to confirm them with His action?

    Act 14:3 Therefore they spent a long time {there} speaking boldly {with reliance} upon the Lord, who was testifying to the word of His grace, granting that signs and wonders be done by their hands.

    Rom 15:18 For I will not presume to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me, resulting in the obedience of the Gentiles by word and deed,
    Rom 15:19 in the power of signs and wonders, in the power of the Spirit; so that from Jerusalem and round about as far as Illyricum I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.

    Hbr 2:2 For if the word spoken through angels proved unalterable, and every transgression and disobedience received a just penalty,
    Hbr 2:3 how will we escape if we neglect so great a salvation? After it was at the first spoken through the Lord, it was confirmed to us by those who heard,
    Hbr 2:4 God also testifying with them, both by signs and wonders and by various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit according to His own will.

    Throughout the entire book of Acts we see God confirming His word with signs and wonders. Jesus also stated in John 4:48 : “Unless you {people} see signs and wonders, you {simply} will not believe.”

    Is this a rebuke or is He simply stating a sad fact?

    We can preach, proclaim, argue, debate, disagree, and try to convince people our entire life that the words we are speaking is truth from God. But why should anyone believe? It is easy to confirm our own words, whether true or false, with action that is sincere or fake. We can show people in God’s word and we can live by God’s word but in the end it is God’s words that He must confirm with His action. He confirmed His words spoken to the prophets by sending Jesus. He confirmed His words in Acts by sending the Holy Spirit and through the Spirit filled believers He was demonstrating His words with power… a power that we still have today.

    How effective would this be? Well, I can’t believe I’m going to use this person as an example, but, look at Benny Hinn.(Please put down the stones) This guy, as false as he is, has millions of followers. Surely not because he is a good speaker or that he speaks truth. But, as counterfeit as this guy is, he has shown how people would respond if God were to truly confirm His words with action as He did at the beginning of the Church.

    Why do we neglect the power of the Spirit and see this as science-fiction, super-natural, nonsense when our brothers and sisters in the book of Acts so heavily depended on it? Have we put our faith in our own wisdom and knowledge and our abilities to communicate His words effectively instead of relying on God to confirm His words spoken through us? I’m asking these questions for me, because I really want and need to know.

  3. 9-10-2007


    Very good comment! While on one hand I think it would be beneficial for you to have your own blog; on the other hand, I’m glad that you are sharing comments like this with us here on my blog.