Sunday Pulpit Series
The Travails and Triumphs of Paul: 13
Rev Robert Ampiah-Kwofi
The greatest controversy in the days of the Early Church, was whether or not Jesus Christ was the promised Messiah. Almighty God had two major ways to settle the doubts of the disbelievers.
•Signs, wonders and miracles.
Romans 1:3-4 NKJV
“concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh, and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.”
Christ’s resurrection was an awesome display of power, that cannot be duplicated by any human being.
The message of the gospel of Jesus Christ was confirmed by signs and miracles.
Mark 16:19-20 NKJV
“So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen.”
The early apostles required signs and wonders before they would consider that they had fully preached the gospel.
Romans 15:19 NKJV
“in mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God, so that from Jerusalem and round about to Illyricum I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.”
•The Early Church also proved that Jesus was the Messiah by pointing to events in Jesus’s life that had been prophesied to happen to the Messiah.
•The scriptures predicted that Messiah would be called a Nazarene.
Joseph was compelled by the threat of Herod’s son to move from Judea.
Matthew 2:22 NKJV
“But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea instead of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. And being warned by God in a dream, he turned aside into the region of Galilee.”
This was to fulfil the scriptures.
Matthew 2:23 NKJV
“And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, “He shall be called a Nazarene.”
May the scriptures be fulfilled in your life, as you go to church.