Consider The Gospel’s Message

Paul told the Corinthians that he didn’t come to them with persuasive words. 1 Corinthians 2:4-5 was the reason. It says, “…but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.”

Every born again believer has that power. Ephesians 1:19-20 says that it is the same power that God used to raise Jesus from the dead ~ within us! Verse 19 says, “And what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power.”

Ephesians 3:20 was an expression of His resurrection power at work in us. It says, “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.” Note that He is doing a hidden work through His ability ~ certainly not ours.

I like to think about the word ‘work’ as illustrated in wheel pottery. The potter has to work water into the dry clay before it can be molded into the desired vessel. So the Holy Spirit works God’s word into the fabric of our being, to help us bear His image before others. 

Isaiah 32:17 expressed it another way. It says, “The work of righteousness will be peace, and the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever.” Righteousness, according to Hebrews 12:11 Amplified is, “…in conformity to God’s will in purpose, thought, and action, resulting in right living and right standing with God).”

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