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Drawn By the Gospel

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 The Gospel is God's power to save man. It draws man away from the devil and self, to be like Christ. "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). Its power was seen on the birthday of the church when 3000 souls fell victim to its force and power, Acts 2. The growth of the church was directly attributed to the preaching of the Gospel (1 Cor. 15:1-2).
The mighty apostle Paul was converted under the force of its teachings (Acts 22:12-16). The apostle Peter, with the words of the Gospel, taught the first Gentiles the Word. Through the Gospel's message and obeying its commands, they were made members of the Lord's body. "Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him" (Acts 10:34-35). The apostle Paul al­ways used the Gospel. We are shown its great force as he was being told of his future work upon his conversion. "To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may re­ceive forgiveness of sins, and inheri­tance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me" (Acts 26:18).
Jesus would attract and illuminate both Jews and Gentiles. A light attracts. Jesus was the "light of the world" and would have men to become "the light of the world" for Him. This was one of the great characteristics of the Messiah. Through Him there would be the gath­ering of the people. "The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be" (Gen. 49:10). "And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious" (Isaiah 11: 10).
There is no doubt that the Gospel will do the work of God if followed by the interested salvation seeker. Man will be drawn to the Lord and have the hope of being saved through the work of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. "And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified" (Acts. 20:32).


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