Topic: Conviction is by the Spirit
Text: Acts 2:37, I Corinthians 2:1-5
Written by Priscilla Oyewole
There are times when we misunderstand our role in the divine business of saving souls. We play God sometimes and as a result we do not see the result we desire.
We must continually see that our place in drawing men to God is to spread the Good news – the birth, death, burial, resurrection and ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 10:14). We are to yield our mouth to preaching repentance and remission of sins among all nations (Luke 24:47).
The Bible also admonishes us to pray and intercede that the gospel prospers and has free course (II Thessalonians 3:1). We stand and boldly declare the gospel because by hearing the gospel, Faith is imparted to the hearer unto salvation (Romans 10:16). This is exactly what Peter did on the day of Pentecost.
Salvation is of the heart i.e the Spirit and it is the Holy Spirit that carries out this work of conviction in the heart of a sinner. Even as we minister the gospel, we must be conscious that it is the Spirit who will cause the sinner to realize his need for a Saviour.
It is unnecessary to try to make the gospel a club to be drummed on the the head of the hearers without having any regard to the heart-mosphere of the hearer. We shoot fear, condemnation, guilt at others and call it the gospel all because we believe that’s not the way we’d ‘save their souls from hell’. This ought not so to be.
The scriptures tell us that Peter spoke the gospel by the Spirit on the day of Pentecost and the men were pricked in their heart. Pricked means to be shaken violently. They were deeply cut in the heart and this led them to ask the question: what shall we do? Peter didn’t use vain words. This is what Paul was explaining in I Corinthians 2:1-5.
Salvation is of the Spirit.
The Gospel is not a means of control, it is access to a love relationship with God. So, why do you desire to man the gate to freedom with the ticket of bondage and fear? Fear is not the gospel. Works is not the Gospel. Grace and truth i.e. believing in the birth, death, burial, resurrection and ascension of Christ is the gospel.
No believer controls the access to salvation, a man’s choice does. It’s a man that chooses to yield to the working of the Holy Spirit or not. The Father would not want robotic children who are serving because of fear but children who have heard the gospel and of their free will accepted it – Ephesians 2:13.
Where growth is concerned, the Christian walk is fuelled by stronger convictions in truth of God’s word, not stronger fear of God’s wrath.
Conviction is only by the Spirit.