Math.6:10. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the Glory.. ….
Just what truly is the power of the kingdom? Is it when men fall as we pray for them? Is it is the casting out of devils from people alone? What actually is the power of the kingdom?
Rom.1: 16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the POWER OF GOD unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. My
Here Paul said, the Gospel he preached was the POWER OF GOD leading or producing salvation in the hearers. Meaning the end point of the power released through the Gospel is salvation. That sounds a little bit different from what we are witnessing and believe I supposed?.
Again, in 1 Cor 4:18, he said “Some of you have become conceited and arrogant and pretentious, counting on my not coming to you.
19 But I will come to you [and] shortly, if the Lord is willing, and then I will perceive and understand not what the talk of these puffed up and arrogant spirits amount to, but their force ( the moral power and excellence of soul they really possess).
20 For the kingdom of God consists of and is based on not talk but power ( moral power and excellence of soul)”. AMP
Here Paul is addressing some, who claimed to be Apostles and are full of power. But again he defined what the power of the kingdom ought to be, soul transformation. And this he calls “moral power and excellence of soul.”
Meaning, the religion of the Lord Jesus is not in word-in human eloquence, excellence of speech, not even in doctrines; but rather in power, in that mighty energy of the Holy Spirit; enlightening, quickening, converting, and sanctifying the hearers-believers; and therefore it is said here, that all Christ genuine apostles are enabled, on all and in all circumstances, to demonstrate the truth of their calling by miraculous energy not just in that which we see and try to do but in the converting of the hearers to become more Christ like.
Buttressing his argument Paul said,
1 Cor.2: 3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.
4 And my speech and my preaching were not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:
Here he clarifies this further, by saying my doctrine, and the matter of my proclaiming the grand but simple truths of the Gospel and recommending it, was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom.
By implication I wasn’t using human philosophy and logic in persuading men to accept the message of the cross of Christ. But rather, there was this energy that flowed from my message to the inner conversion of my listeners. In other words, my message made God more evident to men. I never subscribed to using means like great orators in order to become popular, and thereby to gain fame.
Acts.26: 28 Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.29 And Paul said, I would to God, that not only thou, but also all that hear me this day, were both almost, and altogether such as I am, except these bonds”.
That was a typical demonstration of the power of the kingdom that flowed from Paul’s message to Agrippa when he listened to Paul. ..
How is our message today? What power are we really demonstrating? Is it the kingdom power or just the enticing words of men and then using miracles to cover up the unconverted believers? Is the kingdom power of transformation really taking over in the life of those who listen to us? The kingdom power is the transformation of the souls of men, it is moral power and excellent of soul.
To be continued …