Biblical Reflections: 1 Corinthians 4:20

1 Corinthians 4:20 – For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.

There have been great periods of awakening among Christians in the world throughout the centuries since the Church was established. These times of renewal and reinvigorated dedication to the Lord have all involved a renewed understanding that God’s presence is real in our lives and that He has empowered believers to resist sin and seek His kingdom. The saints boldly proclaimed the Truth of God’s Word with power and demonstration of holiness and goodness.

Being filled with the Holy Spirit, saints such as George Whitefield and Jan Huss championed the Truth in faith through persecution or even to death to show the world that death has no sting. These men simply followed the example of Christ and Hid Apostles who boldly defied the trends of their day to preach Christ with their words and deeds. Paul wrote, “…my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God” (1 Corinthians 2:4-5).

While you and I may not raise the dead or heal the blind, the power of God lies within all believers. Everyday Christians have stood in the face of lions in the arena and the headsman’s axe, testifying the Truth in the name of Jesus Christ the Righteous. These brave brethren trusted in the Lord to deliver them if not from their persecution then from death.

“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us , and let us run with patience the race that is set before us…” (Hebrews 12:1).

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