Word and Power
1 Thessalonians 1:5-10
For our gospel came not to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance…

The gospel in two aspects.

I. HUMAN. "Our." It is human —

1. In its instrumentality. It was revealed to man, its blessings are enjoyed by man; it is preached and propagated by man (Romans 10:14, 15).

2. When not crowned with success. "In word only." Apart from the unction from above, the gospel is a dead letter, a savour of death unto death — the good seed falls by the wayside, among thorns, on stony places. The impressions are superficial and defective.

II. DIVINE. "In the Holy Ghost." It is Divine —

1. In its origin. It is God's plan of salvation. It could not have been originated by man, because the idea is beyond the limit of his thoughts. Man can never give existence to what is Divine. "That which is born of the flesh is flesh." The gospel bears the image of the heavenly. It is God's scheme.

2. In its revelation. None could disclose God's secrets but Himself. Salvation is one of God's deep things. That which was not originated with man could not be revealed by Him. The gospel salvation was revealed early, unexpectedly, gradually, completely.

3. In its efficacy. The three clauses show the blessed and saving influence of the gospel.

(1) In the emancipation of sinners from the slavery of sin and Satan. The gospel is truth, and the truth makes free and destroys the stronghold of Satan.

(2) In establishing the kingdom of God in the heart. The gospel produces faith, hope, love; it enlightens the understanding, spiritualizes the affections, and purifies the heart.

(J. Jenkins.)

Parallel Verses
KJV: For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.

WEB: and that our Good News came to you not in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit, and with much assurance. You know what kind of men we showed ourselves to be among you for your sake.

The Subduing Power of the Gospel
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