The Undefeatable Gospel in the Book of Acts
By Dalton Teal
The message of the book of Acts is one that brings great encouragement to all believers. Luke wrote the book of Acts as a continuation of his Gospel, and in it he describes the spread of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Acts begins with Jesus stating that His apostles would receive power through the coming Holy Spirit and they will take His gospel to Judea, Samaria, and to the end of the earth. Throughout the next twenty-seven chapters Luke will not only show the great challenges the gospel faced but will also show that the gospel is undefeatable.
After the coming of the Holy Spirit the apostles began to preach and teach the gospel to everyone they encountered. They were quickly challenged by Jews who had them arrested, beaten, and strictly charged them to no longer preach the name of Jesus. This occurred twice and yet each time the apostles were filled with boldness and continued to preach and teach. The challenges they faced were not only from their opponents but also internally from Ananias and Sapphira, who lied about their monetary giving to the church, and the neglect of the Greek widows.
The challenges soon became greater as the apostles faced persecution from a man named Paul. Paul strongly opposed the Christians and their message, believing it was a direct attack on God and his laws. Paul agreed with the decision to stone Stephen, a Christian charged for preaching the resurrection of Jesus, and he also began to have Christians taken from their homes to be beaten, imprisoned, or put to death. Paul hated the Christian movement and wanted the gospel to be destroyed, no matter the cost.
Fueled by his hatred Paul was traveling to Damascus in pursuit of Christians when a voice from Heaven spoke to him asking, “Paul, Paul, why are you persecuting me?” This voice was the voice of Jesus who explained that Paul would be His chosen instrument to take the gospel to the Gentiles, their kings, and the children of Israel. After his conversion on the road to Damascus, Paul became one of the greatest messengers for the gospel as well as a man of great faith.
Even though Paul and the apostles had been called by God to carry the gospel, they still faced great challenges. Throughout the rest of the book of Acts, Paul and the Apostles are arrested on several occurrences and beaten, strictly charged not to preach the name of Jesus, and ultimately killed for the sake of the gospel. As Paul went from place to place, he preached the gospel to Jews and Gentiles. His journeys were slowed by his frequent imprisonments as well as shipwrecks and divisions. Through every trial, storm, and calamity one thing is certain in the book of Acts: the gospel was never defeated.
Today the gospel has reached all over the world, but there are still a great number who have never heard the name of Jesus and the glory of His gospel. Let us not lose hope though, because we serve a God who always keeps his promises. Jesus promised in Acts that the gospel would be taken to Judea, Samaria, and the ends of the earth. The message of the book of Acts is that the gospel cannot be defeated. Take heart believer because the gospel was, is, and forever will be undefeated! Furthermore, Christ has claimed victory on the cross and his gospel was, is, and forever will be undefeated! Worthy is the Lamb who was slain!