“…just as it is right for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart, inasmuch as both in my chains and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers with me of grace.” – Philippians 1:7 NKJV
Before delving into the topic for today, let it be established that evangelism is not the exclusive reserve of ministry gifts, it is for the whole church. (Matthew 28:19-20)
Now, to the topic. Confirmation as used in the anchor text connotes a judicial language. It means to give a defence under oath. The same meaning is applied to the word in Hebrews 6:16.
In Nigerian courts, whether in a civil or criminal case, defendants/accused persons are required to swear an oath before rendering their testimony. They are required to speak the truth, nothing but the truth and the whole truth.
Looking at how the word “truth” is qualified above, its importance is underscored. The same qualification applies to the preaching of the gospel. A believer is required to establish its truth beyond reasonable doubt.
In this light, we shall examine how to confirm the gospel. The first is by repetition. The gospel must be frequently preached. If it is going to prevail, it must be repeatedly preached.
We see this play out in Paul’s ministry and letters. His presentation of the gospel as seen in 1 Corinthians 15:1-3 is an example. His entire letter to the Galatian church is another example.
Another way to confirm the gospel is by making sure it gains popularity. In Acts 19 we saw the truth of gospel become the popular thought in a particular vicinity. Because of the tenacity of the Apostles, “so mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.” – Acts 19:20 KJV
Strength and stability is also another way of confirming the gospel. The more the church is exposed to falsehood, the more convictions wane. Some of Paul’s letters were focused on re-establishing the church in the truth of the gospel.
Finally, competition is another way of confirming the gospel. The devil is trying to infiltrate the culture with his lies. We must keep speaking the truth to counteract him. (Jude 1:3, 2 Corinthians 10:4)
The church must stop blinking in the dark. We cannot be edged out. We must run with the truth of the gospel!