The entire Bible talks about life. The work of God is living. If it were dead, it would not be about life. It is life because it lives forever. “and by his wounds we are healed”(Isaiah 53:12) If the words of God are dead, we can’t be cured of diseases.
Since the word, \we are healed” is living, the fact that Jesus died taking my diseases is still effective. When the words as mine are living, diseases end in failure, losing their power. “You may ask me for anything in my name and I’ll do it” (John 14:14)
God will answer your prayer because the word of the promise of God is living. That means that the word that God spoke has life. We say the word of God is the word of life. If there is life in the word, your prayer will be answered and there will be the power of God to perform miracles and wonders as you prayed. If no one repents while listening to sermon and acts what they heard, it proves that the sermon doesn’t have life and power in it.
On the contrary, a full of life the sermon which is delivered through the Holy Spirit, has life which can change the people who heard it. When the sermon becomes the voice of life, those who heard it will repent of their sins with tears and their souls can be restored. When the life in the word of God comes into you, the sins by which you are doomed to die go out because unrighteousness is revealed thanks to the blood of Jesus that was shed on the cross and death controlled by evil spirits goes away.
Those who don’t like to worship God come before God and those who don’t preach the gospel go out to evangelize. It’s because the power of life is at work. People say that if a person receives training, they can do mission work well. However, those who have been trained can’t give life which is the essence of the gospel.
Real gospel preaching is to give the life in you with the passion for winning souls, with the heart that I must save their soul. Where life is at work, there is everything grows and the power works in it.
Extracted from Yonsei Newspaper #439 (June 20, 2015)