There’s something that tells us about evangelism being made as one of the pieces in the armor of God. In Ephesians 6:15, Apostle Paul instructs to be “fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.” So this leads me now to ask what’s with the gospel and our proclamation of it that makes us believer-soldier of God combat-effective. Here are the three reasons:
1.The Protection From the Gospel
God is the force behind the gospel and our task is to preach it. Needless to say, every time we proclaim and share the gospel to others, we enjoy God’s protection and His provision as well. God would not let anyone who is at the forefront of evangelism to be unnecessarily harmed or ruined. God will always see to it that those of us who are actively engaging in the missionary work are well protected and cared for by His grace.
Gamaliel, the famed teacher of Apostle Paul couldn’t have said it better. He declared,
“For if their purpose or activity of human origin, it will fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop those these men, you will only find yourselves fighting against God”- Acts 5:38-39
But how are we going to account for those believers who have died because of their involvement in the missions? Does not that contradict this principle?
I don’t think so. God’s protection is not immunity from harm or even death on this earth, as church history clearly shows us. But it is actually invincibility which means, the state of being “unconquerable” or being “incapable of defeat”. The enemy could hurt, harm, threaten or even manage to put believers to death, but it doesn’t mean, the gospel and evangelism is defeated or conquered. As church history tells us that even with the murderous rampage of our enemies in the past, the true church of Jesus Christ remains thriving to this day!
So those who are doing evangelism and witnessing are the ones who enjoy God’s protection and provisions the most.
2.The Offense of the Gospel
As a weapon, the gospel is a very lethal and powerful weaponry in God’s arsenal. It is a message that is specifically designed to offset enemy’s advances and to set people free from satanic captivity. In the words of Apostle Paul, the gospel is “the power of God unto salvation.” While prophet Isaiah proclaimed, that the Good News will “bind up the brokenhearted, proclaim the freedom to the captives and release form darkness the prisoners.” Doubtless to say, anyone who proclaims the gospel and actively witness for Christ are the ones who are doing the most damage to the enemy’s camp. For it is in evangelism, that a person who is a prisoner of sin is actually set free and rescued form sin’s captivity! The gospel of Jesus is the only message that has this unique quality.
It is not surprising then that when the anonymous yet successful seventy two missionaries came back from their victorious sortie, Jesus claimed, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven” (Luke 10:18). What a scene! And this was no exaggeration on the part of our Savior. I really believed that Satan fell when he saw how effective and successful God’s soldiers were, in their evangelistic efforts! With our eyes, we only see a person being saved but in the invisible realm of the spirit, there is also another action taking place – that is satan being repelled by the gospel of Jesus! So why not deliver a knockout punch to the enemy – win a soul and make it happen!
3.The Assurance from the Gospel
The seventy two who reported back to Jesus from their victorious evangelistic campaign were not only awed by the Lord’s own report of Satan’s downfall, but they were given extra praise – the assurance of their salvation! Jesus told them, “Do not rejoice that demons submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven!” (Luke 10:20). This is also what Apostle Paul said that the names Clement and the other women workers are “written in the book of life.”
The more we engaged in evangelism, the stronger we become in faith. In other words, we are doing our faith a great deal of good every time we lead someone to Christ’s saving power. In short, evangelism is a prevention, if not, a cure for backsliding or apostasy, which is prevalent among many believers in the body of Christ these days! So go ahead and give your faith the necessary boost it needed – evangelize and be a witness for Christ!