The Confirmation of the Gospel
And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. And 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 2:1-5)
Just because someone opens the Bible doesn't mean that God's power and authority are being used through their ministry. In 1 Corinthians 2:1-5, in speaking to the people of Corinth, the Apostle Paul told them how to confirm that God had called him to preach and teach, and that the Word was the answer to their every problem.
Although Paul was well studied under some of the greatest minds of that time, he said it wasn’t his excellency of speech, his ability to give a stirring oration, or his excellent education that confirmed the Word. The apostle stated that he was following God in weakness, honor and trembling. In other words, the Gospel was not confirmed because of anything Paul could do in and of himself.
Paul went on to say that if his words were enticing at all, it was not because of his wisdom, but because the Holy Spirit used his mouth to demonstrate God’s power. God will always confirm the Word with signs, wonders, miracles, and power demonstrated before, during, or following the ministry of the Word. Expect the miraculous as God confirms the power of the Word in your life.
Practical Application – Pray for your pastor and expect a demonstration of the Spirit to confirm the ministry of the Word every week.
1 Corinthians 3:10; 1 Corinthians 16:23