Hearing the Gospel brings Salvation to people’s attention. Receiving the Gospel gets people saved.
When Christ commissioned men to scatter the Gospel around the globe His intent was for people to “receive” the power of Salvation.
One thing people receive is forgiveness from all past sins. Another thing is a changed moral character produced by God. God’s power that gives man a holy heart is defined by, “Grace”. Grace is what saves us. Grace is what changes us. Grace is what makes men holy and right. By Grace we are saved.
Grace is the power of God’s Gospel bestowed to believers in Christ. The power of the Gospel brings Salvation into the human soul. Many have heard the Gospel but only few actually receive it. When they do actually receive it God changes man morally from sinner to saint. Simple.
The Gospel generates power enough to save the soul and cleanse the heart from sin. The Gospel is preached. The Gospel is heard. The Gospel is received when a sinful man is broken. God’s Gospel is enough to break a sinner. God’s Gospel is enough to steer man in obedience and a good conduct. The Gospel causes men to mind God and to be subject to His authority and presence.
The Gospel “generates” power from hearing about Christ. When the Gospel is received it gives men a new spiritual birth that comes from above. Christ is thus manifested in the make-up of a believing heart.
Hearing about Christ is one thing but actually receiving Him is another.