In The Absence of Answers


As denizens of Western society, we love answers.  In our quest for knowledge most of us simply can’t rest with the reply of ‘I don’t know.”  Indeed, we may not know, but this is not good enough for us as we have a hunger to know what is and what is not.

One of the major arsenals of knowledge is dual in nature.  One weaponry involves numbers and the other, mere words.

The accumulation of words can be a defining moment of persuasion.  In other words, if one were to speak the right words in just the right combination and inflection, we can convince people of our thoughts or favors.

Preachers utilize this tool for their net effect, yet we have examples of very nondescript preachings.  One that comes to mind is from the Apostle Paul:

1 Corinthians 1:17
For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not with eloquent words of wisdom, lest the cross of the Christ be emptied of its power.
And once more, we read again from Paul:

1 Corinthians 1:17
For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not with eloquent words of wisdom, lest the cross of the Christ be emptied of its power.

1 Corinthians 2:1
When I came to you, brothers, I did not come with eloquence or wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God.

1 Corinthians 2:13
And this is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom, but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words.

1 Corinthians 4:20
For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.

 

So then, we see that Paul spoke plainly with ‘trembling and with fear’ to the effect of the power as reveal through the Holy Spirit.

Thus, we see our mission is not one of words, but one of connection to our Lord for the expressed purpose of revealing God to a lost world through his power.

Naturally, you will add that you are not Paul and that the days of the Apostolate age is over with.

Even if I were to agree to this it certainly doesn’t stop the Christian from copying anything else Paul says.  Often, we cite Paul’s words as rules or commandments.

However, the idea here that I am attempting to express is that a person does not have to be a biblical scholar to understand the makeup of the Gospel.

The makeup is simple enough:  God sent His only son, Jesus to earth for people like you and me who are separated from God because of Sin.  Through the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross, his death and rise from the dead, through faith man can be saved.

That is the simplicity of the gospel and truthfully, all of the words in the world cannot match or equal what Jesus, the Christ has done for us.  All of this is far, far beyond mere words.

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