"The Invincible Gospel" - Dr. Gary Cass
The Invincible Gospel
Infusion Church 02-06-2022
1 Cor 16:9: But I will stay in Ephesus until Pentecost, 9 for a wide door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.
There are adversaries, seen & unseen, conspiring against the Lord, His Christ & His people.
John Owen: You are either killing sin or it is killing you.
Ps110:3: Your people will offer themselves freely on the day of your power, in holy garments;
Isa 54:17: No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness which is of me, saith the LORD. It is in your extremities, you see God at work in you, for you and on you.
Acts 6:7: And the word of God continued to increase, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith.
I. THE INVINCIBLE POWER OF THE SPIRIT
Vs 8: And Stephen, full of grace and power, was doing great wonders and signs among the people.
Acts 2:43: And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles.
Acts 3:6: But Peter said, “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!”
Acts 5:12; Now many signs and wonders were regularly done among the people by the hands of the apostles.
Note: Stephen was doing great signs and wonders.
John 3:8; The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.
Phil. 1:15-18; Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry… out of selfish ambition, not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment. 18 What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice.
You are commanded to earnestly seek spiritual gifts knowing the Spirit distributes them as He wills.
II. THE INVINCIBLE WISDOM OF GOD
Vss.9&10; Then some of those who belonged to the synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called), and of the Cyrenians, and of the Alexandrians, and of those from Cilicia and Asia, rose up and disputed with Stephen. 10 But they could not withstand the wisdom and the Spirit with which he was speaking.
The Synagogue of the Freedmen may have been freed from one type of slavery, but they were still slaves of unbelief, which is a sin.
John 8:34: Jesus said, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin”
John 8:31–32, 36: “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. . . . If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed”
The Gospel, just like all of God’s revelation, is self-authenticating.
This truth is as old as Augustine who said, “I believe so I can know.”
In spite of this tragic episode, God graciously redeemed Cyreanian Jews!
III. THE INVINCIBLE LAW OF GOD
Vs.11: Then they secretly instigated men who said, “We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses and God.”
Ex 20:16: “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
Lev 24:16: Whoever blasphemes the name of the LORD shall surely be put to death.
Dt 19:18-19; The judges shall inquire diligently, and if the witness is a false witness and has accused his brother falsely, 19 then you shall do to him as he had meant to do to his brother. So you shall purge the evil from your midst.
Dt 17:5-7: On the evidence of two witnesses or of three witnesses the one who is to die shall be put to death… 7 The hand of the witnesses hall be first against him to put him to death, and afterward the hand of all the people. So you shall purge the evil from your midst.
Heidelberg Catechism Question 112
Q. What is the aim of the Ninth Commandment?
A. That I never give false testimony against anyone, twist no one’s words, not gossip or slander, nor join in condemning anyone rashly or without a hearing. (Ps. 15; Prov. 19:5; Matt. 7:1; Luke 6:37; Rom. 1:28-32)
Rather, in court and everywhere else, I should avoid lying and deceit of every kind; these are the very devices the devil uses, and they would call down on me God’s intense wrath. (Lev. 19:11-12; Prov. 12:22; 13:5; John 8:44; Rev. 21:8)
I should love the truth, speak it candidly, and openly acknowledge it. (1 Cor. 13:6; Eph. 4:25)
And I should do what I can to guard and advance my neighbor’s good name. (Pet. 3:8-9; 4:8)
Every Commandment has both negative and positive applications.
The positive application of the Ninth Commandment is your affirmative obligation to share the gospel.
Vss. 12-14: And they stirred up the people and the elders and the scribes, and they came upon him and seized him and brought him before the council, 13 and they set up false witnesses who said, “This man never ceases to speak words against this holy place and the law, 14 for we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place and will change the customs that Moses delivered to us.”
IV. THE INVINCIBLE GLORY OF GOD
Vs 15: And gazing at him, all who sat in the council saw that his face was like the face of an angel.
Acts 4:13: Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus.
If you are to be faithful to your Lord and have the face of an angel in the face of demonic opposition, we must be filled with God’s Spirit!
Eph 5:18; …be filled with the Spirit, 19 addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, 20 giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21 submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.