Living By The Power Of God

Paul warns the Corinthians about arrogant people rising up among them who give pretentious speeches but don’t live by God’s power. I think that is the same problem that we have at today’s Lukewarm Churches

NLT 1 Cor 4;17 That’s why I have sent Timothy, my beloved and faithful child in the Lord. He will remind you of how I follow Christ Jesus, just as I teach in all the churches wherever I go. 18 Some of you have become arrogant, thinking I will not visit you again. 19 But I will come—and soon—if the Lord lets me, and then I’ll find out whether these arrogant people just give pretentious speeches or whether they really have God’s power. 20 For the Kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk; it is living by God’s power. 21 Which do you choose? Should I come with a rod to punish you, or should I come with love and a gentle spirit?

Timothy was sent to remind these arrogant people [who give pretentious speeches but don’t live by God’s power] how to follow Paul’s example.

I was going thru the sections leading up to this passage. It seems that many chapters build into this conclusion, this living by the power of God.

Heres the summary NLT 1 Cor 1;26 – 4;21:

For the Kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk; it is living by God’s power.

God fights against worldliness. He chooses the foolish to shame the wise, the powerless to shame the powerful, and the despised to shame the important.

God unites us with Christ, with his wisdom. As we grow into this unity Christ makes us pure and holy and frees us from sin, but all we have to boast about is what Christ has done.

Paul’s preaching was very plain (in weakness, timid and trembling) he relied on the Power of the Holy Spirit and the power of God, not in the power of human wisdom

We don’t have a clue about the great things that God has planned for us, but God shows us his deep secrets thru his Spirit.

We can know God’s thoughts when we receive his Spirit

Only people with spiritual sight can understand what the spirit means, they can evaluate all things, but they are not to be evaluated by others. Those who seek the mind of Christ can understand these things.

God’s servants do the work that God gives them either planting or watering the seeds of faith. The important thing to understand is that it is God who makes these seeds grow

Paul laid the foundation for the New Testament church with his example, the tent maker servant slave, humble preacher. Anyone who builds on the old Levitical Priest model is building on the wrong foundation. The are building on the foundation that Christ died to replace. They are not followers of Christ.

Those Building their churches on Paul’s foundation with worldliness – [wood hay and straw] human wisdom, money, and worldly authority will barely escape the fires of Hell.

We are God’s temple and God warns that he will destroy anyone that destroys his temple. We’d better not be abusing our Bodies! We’d better

Not be sabotaging the faith of other believers.

Earthly wisdom is foolishness and worthless to God, so be sure you are not following a human leader, be sure you are following Christ.

We are not to evaluate each other, valuing one leader above another The Lord is the only judge in these manners.

Don’t become complacent thinking that we have everything we need and are already reigning in God’s Kingdom. Everything we have is a gift from God.

Sometimes our dedication to Christ makes us look like fools, and we are treated like the worlds garbage.

Paul is the spiritual father of the New Testament church. He urges us to imitate him, not giving pretentious speeches, but actually living by God’s power.

Here’s The Full Passage:

(1:26 – 4;21)

NLT 1 Cor 1;26 – 4;21 Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you. 27 Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. 28 God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. 29 As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God. 30 God has united you with Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made him to be wisdom itself. Christ made us right with God; he made us pure and holy, and he freed us from sin. 31 Therefore, as the Scriptures say, “If you want to boast, boast only about the LORD.”

Chapter 2

Paul’s Message of Wisdom

1 When I first came to you, dear brothers and sisters, I didn’t use lofty words and impressive wisdom to tell you God’s secret plan. 2 For I decided that while I was with you I would forget everything except Jesus Christ, the one who was crucified. 3 I came to you in weakness—timid and trembling. 4 And my message and my preaching were very plain. Rather than using clever and persuasive speeches, I relied only on the power of the Holy Spirit. 5 I did this so you would trust not in human wisdom but in the power of God. 6 Yet when I am among mature believers, I do speak with words of wisdom, but not the kind of wisdom that belongs to this world or to the rulers of this world, who are soon forgotten. 7 No, the wisdom we speak of is the mystery of God —his plan that was previously hidden, even though he made it for our ultimate glory before the world began. 8 But the rulers of this world have not understood it; if they had, they would not have crucified our glorious Lord. 9 That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” 10 But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets. 11 No one can know a person’s thoughts

one can know God’s thoughts except God’s own Spirit. 12 And we have received God’s Spirit (not the world’s spirit), so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us. 13 When we tell you these things, we do not use words that come from human wisdom. Instead, we speak words given to us by the Spirit, using the Spirit’s words to explain spiritual truths. 14 But people who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means. 15 Those who are spiritual can evaluate all things, but they themselves cannot be evaluated by others. 16 For, “Who can know the LORD’s thoughts? Who knows enough to teach him?” But we understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ.

Chapter 3

Paul and Apollos, Servants of Christ

1 Dear brothers and sisters, when I was with you I couldn’t talk to you as After all, who is Apollos? Who is Paul? We are only God’s servants through whom you believed the Good News. Each of us did the work the Lord gave us. 6 I planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow. 7 It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow. 8 The one who plants and the one who waters work together with the same purpose. And both will be rewarded for their own hard work. 9 For we are both God’s workers. And you are God’s field. You are God’s building. 10 Because of God’s grace to me, I have laid the foundation like an expert builder. Now others are building on it. But whoever is building on this foundation must be very careful. 11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one we already have—Jesus Christ. 12 Anyone who builds on that foundation may use a variety of materials—gold, silver, jewels, wood, hay, or straw. 13 But on the judgment day, fire will reveal what kind of work each builder has done. The fire will show if a person’s work has any value. 14 If the work survives, that builder will receive a reward. 15 But if the work is burned up, the builder will suffer great loss. The builder will be saved, but like someone barely escaping through a wall of flames. 16 Don’t you realize that all of you together are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in you? 17 God will destroy anyone who destroys this temple. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple. 18 Stop deceiving yourselves. If you think you are wise by this world’s standards, you need to become a fool to be truly wise. 19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness to God. As the Scriptures say, “He traps the wise in the snare of their own cleverness.”20 And again, “The LORD knows the thoughts of the wise; he knows they are worthless.” 21 So don’t boast about following a particular human leader. For everything belongs to you— 22 whether Paul or Apollos or Peter, or the world, or life and death, or the present and the future. Everything belongs to you, 23 and you belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God.

Chapter 4

Paul’s Relationship with the Corinthians

1 So look at Apollos and me as mere servants of Christ who have been put in charge of explaining God’s mysteries. 2 Now, a person who is put in charge as a manager must be faithful. 3 As for me, it matters very little how I might be evaluated by you or by any human authority. I don’t even trust my own judgment on this point. 4 My conscience is clear, but that doesn’t prove I’m right. It is the Lord himself who will examine me and decide. 5 So don’t make judgments about anyone ahead of time—before the Lord returns. For he will bring our darkest secrets to light and will reveal our private motives. Then God will give to each one whatever praise is due. 6 Dear brothers and sisters, I have used Apollos and myself to illustrate what I’ve been saying. If you pay attention to what I have quoted from the Scriptures, you won’t be proud of one of your leaders at the expense of another. 7 For what gives you the right to make such a judgment? What do you have that God hasn’t given you? And if everything you have is from God, why boast as though it were not a gift? 8 You think you already have everything you need. You think you are already rich. You have begun to reign in God’s kingdom without us! I wish you really were reigning already, for then we would be reigning with you. 9 Instead, I sometimes think God has put us apostles on display, like prisoners of war at the end of a victor’s parade, condemned to die. We have become a spectacle to the entire world—to people and angels alike. 10 Our dedication to Christ makes us look like fools, but you claim to be so wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are so powerful! You are honored, but we are ridiculed. 11 Even now we go hungry and thirsty, and we don’t have enough clothes to keep warm. We are often beaten and have no home. 12 We work wearily with our own hands to earn our living. We bless those who curse us. We are patient with those who abuse us. 13 We appeal gently when evil things are said about us. Yet we are treated like the world’s garbage, like everybody’s trash—right up to the present moment. 14 I am not writing these things to shame you, but to warn you as my beloved children. 15 For even if you had ten thousand others to teach you about Christ, you have only one spiritual father. For I became your father in Christ Jesus when I preached the Good News to you. 16 So I urge you to imitate me. 17 That’s why I have sent Timothy, my beloved and faithful child in the Lord. He will remind you of how I follow Christ Jesus, just as I teach in all the churches wherever I go. 18 Some of you have become arrogant, thinking I will not visit you again. 19 But I will come—and soon—if the Lord lets me, and then I’ll find out whether these arrogant people just give pretentious speeches or whether they really have God’s power. 20 For the Kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk; it is living by God’s power. 21 Which do you choose? Should I come with a rod to punish you, or should I come with love and a gentle spirit?

This is the background section where I’ve tried to “divide and Conquer” this portion of of Scripture – 1 Corinthians (1:26 – 4;21):

A. – So no one can boast in his presence – God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. 28 God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. so,19 no one can ever boast in the presence of God.

God fights against worldliness. He chooses the foolish to shame the wise, the powerless to shame the powerful, and the despised to shame the important.

B. 30 God has united you with Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made him to be wisdom itself. Christ made us right with God; he made us pure and holy, and he freed us from sin. “If we want to boast, boast only about the LORD.”

God unites us with Christ, with his wisdom. As we grow into this unity Christ makes us pure and hol. He frees us from sin. All we can boast about is what Christ has done.

C. Not trusting in Human Wisdom but in the power of God.

Paul came to you in weakness—timid and trembling. 4 And his message and preaching were very plain. Rather than using clever and persuasive speeches, he relied only on the power of the Holy Spirit. 5 He did this so we would trust not in human wisdom but in the power of God.The wisdom we speak of is the mystery of God —his plan that was previously hidden, even though he made it for our ultimate glory before the world began.

Paul’s preaching was very pain (in weakness, timid and trembling) he relied on the Power of the Holy Spirit and the power of God, not in the power of human wisdom so we would not trust human wisdom but in the power of God.

D. What God has prepared for those who love him. – “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” 10 But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets.

We don’t have a clue about the great things that God has planned for us, but God shows us his deep secrets thru his spirit.

E. 11 No one can know a person’s thoughts – no one can know God’s thoughts except God’s own Spirit – 12 And we have received God’s Spirit (not the world’s spirit), so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us. 13 When we tell you these things, we do not use words that come from human wisdom. Instead, we speak words given to us by the Spirit, using the Spirit’s words to explain spiritual truths.

We can know God’s thoughts when we receive his Spirit

F. 14 But people who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means. 15 Those who are spiritual can evaluate all things, but they themselves cannot be evaluated by others. 16 For, “Who can know the LORD’s thoughts? Who knows enough to teach him?” But we understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ.

Only people with spiritual sight can understand what the spirit means, they can evaluate all things, but they are not to be evaluated by others. Those who have the mind of Christ understand these things.

Ch 3

G. We are only God’s servants through whom you believed the Good News. Each of us did the work the Lord gave us. 6 I planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow. 7 It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow. 8 The one who plants and the one who waters work together with the same purpose. And both will be rewarded for their own hard work. 9 For we are both God’s workers. And you are God’s field. You are God’s building.

God’s servants do the work that God gives them either planting or watering the seeds of faith. The important thing to understand is that it is God who makes these seeds grow

H. 10 Because of God’s grace to me, I have laid the foundation like an expert builder. Now others are building on it. But whoever is building on this foundation must be very careful. 11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one we already have—Jesus Christ.

Paul laid the foundation for the gentile church with his example, the tent maker servant slave, humble preacher. Anyone who builds on the old Levitical Preacher model is building on the wrong foundation. The are building on the foundation of the anti Christ.

I. 12 Anyone who builds on that foundation may use a variety of materials—gold, silver, jewels, wood, hay, or straw. 13 But on the judgment day, fire will reveal what kind of work each builder has done. The fire will show if a person’s work has any value. 14 If the work survives, that builder will receive a reward. 15 But if the work is burned up, the builder will suffer great loss. The builder will be saved, but like someone barely escaping through a wall of flames.

Those Building their churches with junk like human wisdom, money, and worldly authority will barely escape the fires of Hell.

J. 16 Don’t you realize that all of you together are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in you? 17 God will destroy anyone who destroys this temple. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple. 18 Stop deceiving yourselves.

We are God’s temple and warned that God will destroy anyone that destroyes his temple

K. If you think you are wise by this world’s standards, you need to become a fool to be truly wise. 19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness to God. As the Scriptures say, “He traps the wise in the snare of their own cleverness.”20 And again, “The LORD knows the thoughts of the wise; he knows they are worthless.” 21 So don’t boast about following a particular human leader. For everything belongs to you— 22 whether Paul or Apollos or Peter, or the world, or life and death, or the present and the future. Everything belongs to you, 23 and you belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God.

Earthly wisdom is foolishness and worthless to God, so be sure you are not following a human leader, be sure to follow Christ.

Ch4

L. 2 Now, a person who is put in charge as a manager must be faithful. 3 As for me, it matters very little how I might be evaluated by you or by any human authority. I don’t even trust my own judgment on this point. 4 My conscience is clear, but that doesn’t prove I’m right. It is the Lord himself who will examine me and decide. 5 So don’t make judgments about anyone ahead of time—before the Lord returns. For he will bring our darkest secrets to light and will reveal our private motives. Then God will give to each one whatever praise is due. 6 Dear brothers and sisters, I have used Apollos and myself to illustrate what I’ve been saying. If you pay attention to what I have quoted from the Scriptures, you won’t be proud of one of your leaders at the expense of another.7 For what gives you the right to make such a judgment?

We are not to evaluate each other, valuing one leader above another The Lord is our the only judge in these manners.

M. What do you have that God hasn’t given you? And if everything you have is from God, why boast as though it were not a gift? 8 You think you already have everything you need. You think you are already rich. You have begun to reign in God’s kingdom without us! I wish you really were reigning already, for then we would be reigning with you.

Don’t become complacent thinking that we have everything we need and are already reigning in God’s Kingdom. Everything we have is a gift from God.

N. 9 Instead, I sometimes think God has put us apostles on display, like prisoners of war at the end of a victor’s parade, condemned to die. We have become a spectacle to the entire world—to people and angels alike. 10 Our dedication to Christ makes us look like fools, but you claim to be so wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are so powerful! You are honored, but we are ridiculed. 11 Even now we go hungry and thirsty, and we don’t have enough clothes to keep warm. We are often beaten and have no home. 12 We work wearily with our own hands to earn our living. We bless those who curse us. We are patient with those who abuse us. 13 We appeal gently when evil things are said about us. Yet we are treated like the world’s garbage, like everybody’s trash—right up to the present moment.

Sometimes our dedication to Christ makes us look like fools, and we are treated like the worlds garbage

O. 14 I am not writing these things to shame you, but to warn you as my beloved children. 15 For even if you had ten thousand others to teach you about Christ, you have only one spiritual father. For I became your father in Christ Jesus when I preached the Good News to you. 16 So I urge you to imitate me. 17 That’s why I have sent Timothy, my beloved and faithful child in the Lord. He will remind you of how I follow Christ Jesus, just as I teach in all the churches wherever I go. 18 Some of you have become arrogant, thinking I will not visit you again. 19 But I will come—and soon—if the Lord lets me, and then I’ll find out whether these arrogant people just give pretentious speeches or whether they really have God’s power. 20 For the Kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk; it is living by God’s power. 21 Which do you choose? Should I come with a rod to punish you, or should I come with love and a gentle spirit?

Paul is the spiritual father of the gentile church. He urges us to imitate him, not giving pretentious speeches, but actually living by God’s power.

Here’s the Summary (again):

For the Kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk; it is living by God’s power.

God fights against worldliness. He chooses the foolish to shame the wise, the powerless to shame the powerful, and the despised to shame the important.

God unites us with Christ, with his wisdom. As we grow into this unity Christ makes us pure and holy and frees us from sin, but all we have to boast about is what Christ has done.

Paul’s preaching was very pain (in weakness, timid and trembling) he relied on the Power of the Holy Spirit and the power of God, not in the power of human wisdom

We don’t have a clue about the great things that God has planned for us, but God shows us his deep secrets thru his Spirit.

We can know God’s thoughts when we receive his Spirit

Only people with spiritual sight can understand what the spirit means, they can evaluate all things, but they are not to be evaluated by others. Those who seek the mind of Christ can understand these things.

God’s servants do the work that God gives them either planting or watering the seeds of faith. The important thing to understand is that it is God who makes these seeds grow

Paul laid the foundation for the New Testament church with his example, the tent maker servant slave, humble preacher. Anyone who builds on the old Levitical Priest model is building on the wrong foundation. The are building on the foundation that Christ died to replace. They are not followers of Christ.

Those Building their churches on Paul’s foundation with worldliness – [wood hay and straw] human wisdom, money, and worldly authority will barely escape the fires of Hell.

We are God’s temple and God warns that he will destroy anyone that destroys his temple. We’d better not be abusing our Bodies! We’d better Not be sabotaging the faith of other believers.

Earthly wisdom is foolishness and worthless to God, so be sure you are not following a human leader, be sure you are following Christ.

We are not to evaluate each other, valuing one leader above another The Lord is the only judge in these manners.

Don’t become complacent thinking that we have everything we need and are already reigning in God’s Kingdom. Everything we have is a gift from God.

Sometimes our dedication to Christ makes us look like fools, and we are treated like the worlds garbage.

Paul is the spiritual father of the New Testament church. He urges us to imitate him, not giving pretentious speeches, but actually living by God’s power.

Dear God,

We Pray You Will Free all in the Body of Christ from America’s Fallen Churches  and our Our Dangerous False Teachers and bring them to a authentic gatherings that are living by your power.

Glenn

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