Continued message by Rev. O. F. Faus
“We find Paul writing to the Romans, “But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye become the servants of righteousness.” (Romans 6:17, 18). The doctrine which was preached by the apostle, when obeyed from the heart had a wonderful effect, you will have to admit. We see here that when the Romans obeyed from the hearts that FORM of doctrine which the apostles preached unto them it made them free from sin. That is wonderful to be made free from sin, and the person who will fall out with a doctrine which will do that for man is all wrong. The apostle tells us in Galatisn 1:15, 16 “When it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by His grace, to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood”. Here he tells us that he didn’t have time to go and ask somebody for a four, eight or twelve year course in the seminary to learn how to preach. He always has a message afor him to preach, not so much theology, but abundant knee-ology. Listen at Paul again, “But I certify you, brethren, taht the gospel which was preached of me is not after man; for I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.” (Galatians 1:11, 12). And then, he tells us that he wasn’t ashamed of what he preached for it was the pwoer of God unto salvation to everyone that believed (Romans 1:16). I believe the apostle Paul preached the gospel fo our Lrod Jesus Christ, the Bible doctrine which wil put a person in the Kingdom fo God. Not only did Paul preach it, but all the rest of the apostles and preachers of the early church of the New Testament preached the same thing. Thank God, today we have preachers who are also preaching the same message as was proclaimed in the early days as we read int he Book of Acts and the best part of it is that it’s having the same effect on those who believe and obey it. I mean obey that same form of doctrine, praise God. No matter if some don’t believe it, it is true nevertheless. Their unbelief does not change the doctrine of God’s Word.
Of the Thessalonians, Paul tells us, “For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance.” (I Thess. 1:5) The gospel preached in the early days was not with great words of man’s wisdom or some highbrow expressions, but in power and in the Holy Ghost with no need to be mistaken about it, for it also came in much assurance. In the next verse (6) we read: “And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord.” Friends, to follow the Lord you must follow the apostles. When you doubt the words and preaching of the apostles, you deny the Word of God. To refuse to hear the apostles is to refuse the voice of the Holy Ghost.”