Answer 4: The Spirit reveals the truth of the gospel to a person.
Are you ever discouraged when you are having spiritual conversations with a person, that they don’t see Jesus for who he really is – the son of God? Take courage, God is at work. Remember, it is not you but God himself who reveals the truth of the gospel to a person.
In Matthew 16 we read of the time when Jesus asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” Lots of people who encountered Jesus didn’t see Jesus for who he really was. They mistook him for a someone else. Today, many people still make the same mistake. They see Jesus as just a good person who once lived or a great teacher or religious leader, or maybe just a folk legend and not a real person at all.
We read on in Matthew and Jesus said to his disciples, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.”
Jesus makes it clear to Peter that God himself had revealed the truth of who Jesus was to him. And it’s the same for the person you are sharing the gospel to. Yes, you need to know the gospel. Yes, you should take every opportunity God gives you to share it with the world around you. But realise that as you share the gospel it is not you that reveals the truth of the gospel, this is the role of the Holy Spirit in a person’s salvation.
So today, pray and ask God to reveal himself and the truth of the gospel in a real, personal, and practical way to the people you are sharing the gospel to. Intercede for those you have shared the gospel to asking the Holy Spirit to minister to them in a way that they would see the truth of the gospel. Pray, asking the Holy Spirit to convict them so they see their need for Christ. Then, continue to share, knowing God is at work!