The “gospel” – palaver or powerful proclamation?

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I enjoy words! Here’s your word for the day… “Palaver” It’s definition? A long speech between persons of different levels of culture or sophistication. Idle talk, chatter, misleading or beguiling speech. To talk profusely or idly.

Believe me, I’ve listened to a lot of “palaver!” (It comes out of the mouth of most politicians like a swollen, gushing river… especially when they are “campaigning!”) Palaver… many words – little consequence! Here’s another word for it “baloney!”

That word came to mind as I read what Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 1:18-25:

“The message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God! … In the wisdom of God the world by its wisdom did not know God. But God was pleased to save those who believe by the foolishness of preaching. Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks ask for wisdom, but we preach about a crucified Christ, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles. But to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.” (from the NET Bible)

This testimony from Apostle Paul also came to mind… He said, “I am not ashamed of the gospel! It is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes!” (Romans 1:16)

The gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ is NOT palaver! It is powerful proclamation! It is a message with the power to change lives… Behind the message is a faithful person (the Lord Jesus Christ) and a potent provision (His death, burial and resurrection on our behalf). The gospel has the power to transform the lives of those who believe and embrace it! “Palaver” accomplishes nothing but boredom and annoyance! I’m fed up with “Palaver” – give me the gospel!

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