Witnessing : Faith in power of God

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1 Corinthians 2:2-6
For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration  of the Spirit and of power, that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away.

I love that little phrase “that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men” to often we look at witnessing and ministering the Gospel as something that we need to do to convince people of the Gospel.  In reality we are told NOT to do this.  Still today in a discussion on “God” and “Religion” with some new friends it is hard t o resist what I clearly see as logic and the necessity of the Gospel in our lives.   These verses SHOULD plant enough motivation to witness since it doesn’t depend on us other than responding in the Spirit and spreading the good news of Jesus Christ.  But my knees still knock and I find according to this passage I am in good company

The second thought of that phrase is “that your faith might rest in the power of God.” This is when God works through us it is our hands/feet/tongue etc but HIS power!  What an awesome release of responsibility on the Christian’s life!  That all we have to do is follow God no matter in fear or boldness (God used both) and display the Gospel and God will work the power   But still even greater still that God would use me in my weakness, my tongue in its depth of sin to speak the words of HIS Truth and HIS power.

1 Corinthians 1:27-29
But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.

In verse 29 it says “so that no human being might boast in the presence of God”  This is the great equalizer for us. It doesn’t matter if we are rich or poor, or noble or lesser birth, or learned or ignorant, or weak or strong, or despised or revered… GOD works, and His Holy Spirit in us, so that He may be glorified.  We,  therefore, can not take security in our own sanctification but we can only rest our security and hope in Christ. (1 Corinthians 1:31)

 

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