I was reading this week in 1st Cor and have been pondering what Paul says in chpt 4
18 Some are arrogant, as though I were not coming to you. 19 But I will come to you soon, if the Lord wills, and I will find out not the talk of these arrogant people but their power. 20 For the kingdom of God does not consist in talk but in power. 21 What do you wish? Shall I come to you with a rod, or with love in a spirit of gentleness?
I think that the power that Paul is talking about is supernatural power – the power to perform miracles. This power authenticated the message of the gospel as it went into new areas. It said “This is from God for who else could do these amazing things”. I believe that those same miracles are not needed now because we have the word of God clearly established with his new covenant through the blood of Christ.
But then what stands behind our words? What authenticates our stance on the truth? I think that we still can use something to raise the flag of the gospel in the eyes of the world.
Could the modern miracles of living a life that is continually being renewed and changed into the life God wants not only in ourselves but in those that we’re discipling be that flag?
Are we seeing true life change in ourselves?
What about those that we’re discipling and the lives around us?