It’s In The Power Of God
“But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord will, and will know, not the speech of them which are puffed up, but the power. For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.” 1 Corinthians 4:19-20
What the Apostle Paul was addressing was the matter of those in the church, even in its infancy, who would be in leadership positions, and yet would be “puffed up” drawing attention to themselves, what they had to say, and what they thought was right. The modern day church is much the same. There are many in leadership who would speak for the glory of themselves and their thoughts over bringing glory to God and His thoughts toward us. They intentionally omit or even change through private interpretation the very Word of God. So, the natural question is, how do you tell who is who? Please, allow me to walk us through a few scriptures that will make it perfectly clear.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:9
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord , thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” Jeremiah 29:11
“And, having made peace through the blood of His cross, by Him to reconcile all things unto Himself; by Him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath He reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in His sight: if ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;” Colossians 1:20-23
“For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: but we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; but unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.” 1 Corinthians 1:17-25
So, what then should the pastor/minister/preacher/teacher be speaking of? The Cross of Christ! The preaching of the Cross (Christ crucified) is the power of God! It’s as simple as that. Sin must be addressed so that the Cross may be applied and lives changed by it and forever held close to God. All else is of man’s invention.