P is for Power

“…and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.”

– 1 Corinthians 2:4-5

This weekend I had a chance to see some prominent judges and lawyers (you know, the kinds that get up and talk at the Supreme Court and 1st Court of Appeals and all that stuff) hold a mock trial about an issue with the ObamaCare program that’s been a hot topic recently. Honestly, it was super impressive. Shots were fired; they ethos, logos, and pathos’d their arguments to death; no ground given or taken. It was like, war, but with words.

I suppose people would call that a debate or argument 🙂

In any case, these were people who hold political and legal power in this world. The outcomes of their decisions can shape the government and even history – even if in minor ways, eventually they can have huge consequences.

Yet what exactly can 30 minutes of arguing a case do for a soul damned to eternity in hell?

Is anything worth something when faced with that question?

For Paul, and for me, and for every other believer of the singular saving power of Christ, the answer is no. Paul believed his own words useless; his own wisdom, pretty much garbage. He tosses it away like a ragged piece of half-used tissue and proceeds to preach the gospel with complete reliance on the Holy Spirit’s guidance. What does that look like? Probably simple. Short. To the point. Quoting the Bible at all times. Inwardly praying for God’s wisdom at all times. Careful to make sure not to say anything heretical – here also, cross-checking with the Bible helps.

Because the Bible is the only book in the world that provides the readers with any real, life-changing, eternity-building power.


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p.s. I admit that my posts have been rather inconsistent, and the gaps between each post have been getting wider. If the moderators would like to remove me from the challenge list, please feel free to do so. I will, however, continue trying to post as much as possible under the challenge until April comes to a close. Thank you!

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