“My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.”
- 1 Corinthians 2:4-5
There is something that has been burning in me lately in regard to the Gospel, and it is this: if our preaching of the Gospel is not accompanied with a demonstration of the power of the Spirit (signs and wonders) we’re not preaching the real Gospel at all. As much as there is concern in the church today that our doctrines about the Gospel are correct, I believe it is equally important that we recognize that without signs and wonders we aren’t fully preaching Gospel.
Paul says in Romans 15:18-19,
“I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me in leading the Gentiles to obey God by what I have said and done—by the power of signs and wonders, through the power of the Spirit of God. So from Jerusalem all the way around to Illyricum, I have fully proclaimed the gospel of Christ.”
What did Paul equate with fully preaching the Gospel? “The power of signs and wonders, through the power of the Spirit of God.” We cannot separate the power of the Gospel from the preaching of the Gospel. If we do that, we are preaching a false Gospel.
I have talked in my past couple of posts about the love of God. We don’t need to rest on our own ability—or even our own maturity necessarily—when it comes to signs and wonders. We need to step out and have faith in the unlimited love of God. The power of God is the love of God in action. We can’t separate His power from His love (1 Corinthians 13). Whether that’s healing the sick, raising the dead, prophesying, or getting a word of knowledge, God’s power is an outflow of His love.
We have had our standard set for us in the life of Jesus. And for many, instead of pressing in until our experience meets the standard of power and obedience that Jesus set, we sit back and find a way to lower the standard of the Bible to our level of experience. Will we ever attain to the perfection that Jesus did? No. Does that mean we shouldn’t aim for it? Absolutely not! Jesus was fully God, but He was also fully man. Jesus showed us what’s possible for the person who is living in right relationship with God.
Lastly, I want to share something that The Lord encouraged me with today. I was talking to The Father and saying, “Where are the men and women today who are walking in Your power while simultaneously standing firmly in Your truth? Why are there no men and women walking in the power of God like we see in the Bible? Where are the great signs and wonders of old? It seems like there are no men walking in Your power!” And this is what God said to me: “Don’t complain that there’s not a man, be the man!” I believe that is what God would say to us all. Let’s not complain to God when we see that the Church is not where it should be. If God shows us a place where the Church is falling short, don’t complain about it, do something about it! Don’t complain that there’s no one, be the one! I hope that this encourages you today.