Summary: 4 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? 6 demonstrations of one’s power source.
DEMONSTRATING YOUR POWER SOURCE-IV—1Corinthians 2:1-16
Malaysian Airline flight #370:
March 8th, 2014, Malaysian Airline flight #370 disappeared off the map in total darkness before arriving at its Beijing, China destination from Kuala Lampur International Airport in Malaysia/As of March 24 (16 days & counting), multi-national authorities have been unable to pinpoint the plane either intact or by its wreckage/CNN is obsessed with it!
We believe governments have eyes everywhere, & they do to some degree, But even if they do know, nobody is willing to share their information...Political motivation withholds information that could possibly have saved lives.
Our Power Source can be flawed!
The Power Source of the one who trusts in Christ is NEVER flawed!
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?
11 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) Sense/Feel
4. INTEGRATE REVELATION(:4)
5. SEGREGATE FAITH(:5)
6. ACCESS MATURITY(:6a)
7. ACCESS DEFINITIVE(God’s) WISDOM(:6b-9)
8. ACCESS God’s HEART(:10-11)
9—My power source is demonstrated/confirmed when I...
:12—“Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.”
Believers—the Church—have all received “the Spirit” who has been sent “from God.” A grand portion of the Spirit’s ministry is that believers would be given absolute insight into that which God has unhesitatingly granted to us thru His great grace.
Having received the Spirit of God, we have thus NOT received “the spirit of the world.”
Since we have received Him, we may “know” what God gives us(:10-11). A ministry of the Holy Spirit is to grant the believer a knowledge of God’s intention for them.
These things which God gives are given freely. God has no hesitation about providing these gifts.
Your ‘heaven’ may be misdirected depending upon the spirit accessed!
“Received”(See :14—decomai)—lambanw—1) To take; 2) To receive (what is given), to gain, get, obtain, to get back. Strong—To take(in very many applications, literally & figuratively [properly objective or active--To get hold of; whereas decomai is rather subjective or passive, to have offered to one; while aireomai is more violent, to seize or remove]).
“World”—kosmov—1) An apt & harmonious arrangement or constitution, order, government; 2) Ornament, decoration, adornment, i.e. the arrangement of the stars, 'the heavenly hosts', as the ornament of the heavens. 1Pet. 3:3; 3) The world, the universe; 4) The circle of the earth, the earth; 5) The inhabitants of the earth, men, the human family; 6) The ungodly multitude; the whole mass of men alienated from God, & therefore hostile to the cause of Christ; 7) World affairs, the aggregate of things earthly—7a) The whole circle of earthly goods, endowments riches, advantages, pleasures, etc, which although hollow & frail & fleeting, stir desire, seduce from God & are obstacles to the cause of Christ; 8) Any aggregate or general collection of particulars of any sort. Kosmov has very frequently an unfavorable meaning, denoting the inhabitants of the world, mankind in general, as opposed to God. Strong—Orderly arrangement, i.e. Decoration; by implication--The world (in a wide or narrow sense, including its inhabitants, literally or figuratively [morally]).
“Know/Understand”—eidw—Perfect Active Subjunctive—
“Freely given”—carizomai—1) To do something pleasant or agreeable (to one), to do a favor to, gratify—1a) To show one's self gracious, kind, benevolent, 1b) To grant forgiveness, to pardon, 1c) To give graciously, give freely, bestow. Strong—To grant as a favor, i.e. Gratuitously, in kindness, pardon or rescue.
From—cariv—Graciousness(as gratifying), of manner or act(abstract or concrete; literal, figurative or spiritual; especially the divine influence upon the heart, & its reflection in the life; including gratitude).
Jn. 20:19-23—“Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came & stood in the midst, & said to them, “Peace be with you.” When He had said this, He showed them His hands & His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” And when He had said this, He breathed on them, & said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.””
This symbolic act was a promise to the disciples of Jesus’ very power which they would receive at Pentecost. Their individual trust in Jesus would secure the indwelling power of the Spirit of God.