The Spirit and power (1 Cor. 2:4)

“My speech

And my message

Were not with enticing words

Of wisdom,

But with a demonstration

Of the Spirit

And of power.”

καὶ ὁ λόγος μου καὶ τὸ κήρυγμά μου οὐκ ἐν πειθοῖς σοφίας λόγοις, ἀλλ’ ἐν ἀποδείξει Πνεύματος καὶ δυνάμεως,

Paul said that his speech (καὶ ὁ λόγος μου) and his message (καὶ τὸ κήρυγμά μου) were not with enticing words of wisdom (οὐκ ἐν πειθοῖς σοφίας λόγοις), but with a demonstration (ἀλλ’ ἐν ἀποδείξει) of the Spirit (Πνεύματος) and his power (καὶ δυνάμεως).  Only the Pauline letters use these words πειθοῖς, that means persuasive, enticing, or skillful, and the word ἀποδείξει, that means a showing off, a demonstration, or a proof.  Paul indicated his message or kerygma were not with some sweet-talking enticing words of wisdom.  Rather it was the power of the Holy Spirit that convinced them about the value of his preaching.  In other words, Paul’s preaching was ineffective without the powerful Holy Spirit who demonstrated his work through him.  Paul was not a great missionary without the power of the Holy Spirit.  Do you let the power of the Holy Spirit be active in your life?

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