Summary: 2 of 4. Paul demonstrated/confirmed the Spirit’s power thru his manner of witness to the church at Corinth. How/When is a Christian’s power source confirmed/demonstrated? 5 demonstrations of one’s power source.
DEMONSTRATING YOUR POWER SOURCE-II—1Corinthians 2:1-16
Black-belt in Karaoke
While attending college, a young lady worked evenings at a retail store. On slow nights her co-worker Susan would often sing along with the radio while the two of them did paperwork or restocked merchandise.
One evening as the manager was leaving I expressed my concern to him about our safety, being two women working alone at night.
"Oh, you'll be fine," he said, waving of his hand. "If you see anybody who looks suspicious, just warn him that Susan knows karaoke."
Susan's power source was her poor karaoke!
Christians have a Power Source which is continually Demonstrated.
Paul demonstrated/confirmed the Spirit’s power thru his manner of witness to the church at Corinth.
Christians demonstrate/confirm their power source.
How/When is a Christian’s power source confirmed/demonstrated?
5 confirmations/demonstration of one’s power source.
We found earlier this month that
My power source is demonstrated/confirmed when I...
1. FORGO The SHOW(:1)
2. FOCUS KNOWLEDGE(:2)
3. ENABLE INABILITY(:3)
4. INTEGRATE REVELATION(:4)
5. SEGREGATE FAITH(:5)
6—My power source is demonstrated/confirmed when I...
Explanation:(:6a) Wisdom matures/Mature Spiritually
:6(a)—“However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing.”
“However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature,”
Though Paul didn’t come “with superiority of speech or of wisdom” at the same time he did “speak wisdom.”
The wisdom Paul spoke was recognized as such only among those who were mature/of full age/perfect/reached their intended point.
This does not mean that they do no growing from that point but only that they have reached a level of comprehension & practice that allows their further growth.
Regardless of man’s general disregard for Paul’s message, that same message was/is regarded as “wisdom” by those who “are mature” in their relationship with God thru Christ.
This concept of “maturity” anticipates 3:1 regarding “carnality” & “babes in Christ.”
1Cor. 3:1—“And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ.”
Maturity accepts & determines wisdom by God’s revelation & not thru seemingly ‘probing’ speculations outside of God’s revealed will.
?Are you “Mature”(spiritual) in Christ? OR do you call/accept religious duty as Maturity?
“Wisdom”2X(See :1, 4, 5, 7, 13—Thruout)—sofia—1) Wisdom, broad & full of intelligence; used of the knowledge of very diverse matters—1a) The wisdom which belongs to men, 1b) Supreme intelligence, such as belongs to God. Gnwsiv denotes knowledge by itself, sofia denotes wisdom as exhibited in action, gnwsiv applies chiefly to the apprehension of truths, sofia adds the power of reasoning about them & tracing their relationships. Sofia denotes a "mental excellence of the highest sense", to details. Sofia is certainly the highest word of all these[fronhsiv, gnwsiv, & epignwsiv]. It is properly wisdom. It denotes mental excellence in the highest & fullest sense, expressing an attitude as well as an act of the mind. It comprehends knowledge & implies goodness, including the striving after the highest ends, as well as the using of the best means for their attainment. It is never ascribed to any one but God & good men, except in a plainly ironical sense. Strong—Wisdom(higher or lower, worldly or spiritual).
“Mature”—teleiov—Adj.—1) Brought to its end, finished; 2) Wanting nothing necessary to completeness; 3) Perfect; 4) That which is perfect. Strong—from telov[properly, the point aimed at as a limit, i.e. (by implication)The conclusion of an act or state (termination [literally, figuratively or indefinitely], Result[immediate, ultimate or prophetic], Purpose);] Complete(in various applications of labor, growth, mental & moral character, etc.); neuter(as noun, with o)--Completeness.
**Eph 4:11-16—“And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, & some pastors & teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith & of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to & fro & carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head--Christ-- from whom the whole body, joined & knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.”
Jer. 32:38-40—“‘They shall be My people, & I will be their God; then I will give them one heart & one way, that they may fear Me forever, for the good of them & their children after them. And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from doing them good; but I will put My fear in their hearts so that they will not depart from Me.”