In John 7:40-52, we see the effect of Jesus’ gospel invitation in the temple. It causes division, ridicule, and persecution just as it does today. If that is so, why do we do what we do? Why don’t we just be quiet and lay low with this offensive message? Because the gospel also has another effect. Romans 1 tells us that the gospel is the power of God unto salvation. In the midst of the darkness of the Sanhedrin, among those who are the chiefest of Jesus’ wicked enemies, the gospel is doing a work in a man’s heart. That is why we speak this gospel and live in light of its truth - because the gospel changes hearts, even those hearts we may think are beyond reach.
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