Day One: Preaching with Power

1 Corinthians 2.4 “My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, 5 so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.”

“They became followers of Christ (v. 5) not on the basis of Paul’s proclamation of the gospel alone, but because that proclamation was accompanied by the power of the Spirit, including a deep conviction (probably both in Paul as he preached and in them as they heard). Whether the power of the Spirit in this instance also included accompanying signs and wonders is moot (I think it did; Rom 15:18–19 indicates that such was regularly the case). The Thessalonians’ reception of the gospel was accompanied by much affliction and by the joy of the Holy Spirit (v. 6), that unquenchable joy the Spirit brings to those who have come to know the living and true God (v. 9). So also with 1 Corinthians 2:1–5…It was accompanied by a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, proved by the conversion of the Corinthians themselves (cf. 2 Cor 3:3). And it was so, Paul adds, in order that their faith might rest in “the power of God,” not in merely human wisdom. [Fee, Gordon. Paul, the Spirit, and the people of God. Page 77]

The experience of deep conviction from the Spirit is a clear evidence of God’s power at work, where sins are confronted, repented, and forgiven, which results in having a deep desire to change.

Today, bring to mind the conviction you received during this past Sunday’s message, and spend time in prayer—in repentance, in receiving His forgiveness, and having an ever-increasing desire for transformation. Listen to the song “How can it be” (click here) as you pray.

 

-GK

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