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Sunrise on Temple Mount in Jerusalem; Back to Previous Devotion

October 31 - Evening

"And so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came
to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdomas
I proclaimed to you the testimony about God.
For I resolved
to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ
and him crucified.
 I came to you in weakness with great
fear and trembling.
 My message and my preaching were
not with wise and persuasive words, but with a
demonstration of the Spirit’s power.

- First Corinthians 2:1-4

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  

A Demonstration of the Spirit’s Power


Paul first arrived in Corinth in the fall of 50 AD alone, without money and unemployed (1 Corinthians 18:1-4). He arrived in Corinth after having spent a short time in Athens after he had escaped from Macedonia where he endured imprisonment and a beating in Philippi, escaped a riot in Thessalonica and fled from Berea to Athens.

When Paul arrived in Corinth he had a clear goal in mind:

“I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.”

Paul was very purposeful in avoiding the insertion of “human wisdom” into his proclamation to the Corinthians. Paul was careful not to confuse his responsibility of teaching the revelation of God
with the temptation to compete with the Greek philosophers and their presentation of other
information that people might find more interesting or more applicable to their busy lives.

Paul says that both his message and his style of preaching avoided dependence on “eloquence”
and “persuasive words.” Paul states clearly that he was not impersonating the Greek speakers
that moved in and through Corinth.

Paul does draw a word from the language of the professional orators and popular philosophers of
his day when he says that his message did come “with a demonstration (Gr. apodeixis) of the Spirit’s power.” Cicero, the great Roman philosopher, statesman and orator, used “demonstration” (apodeixis) to identify the process of reasoning that used visible and understood things to present
the less visible and hard to understand concepts.  Paul takes this word used by the wise, eloquent speakers and tells the Corinthians that they saw a “demonstration” of the Spirit’s power when they heard the simple message in the Scripture save them from sin and transform their lives. The communication of the Truth unleashed the power of the Spirit. It was not worldly points of
application or a masterful presentation that transformed the Corinthians, but the Word of God
that had been revealed to the prophets and apostles and is now recorded in the text of the Bible.

  Christian Quote from Church History

"We are too busy to pray,
and so we are too busy
to have power. We have
a great deal of activity,
but we accomplish little;
many services but few conversions; much
machinery but few results.
- R.A. Torrey



Something to Ponder??
In a fifteen mile drive from Jerusalem to Jericho the elevation drops 3,000 feet. While there can be an ice
and snow storm in Jerusalem while the spring of Jericho is watering green vegetation.
Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information


Suzoopoieo (Gr) - Make Alive Together (Eng) - this Greek verb suzoopoieo is used in
Colossians 2:13 in the aorist tense. It means "to make alive together with another" and
the aorist tense indicates this verb is a completed action in the past.

"When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh,
God 'made you alive with Christ' (suzoopoieo). He forgave us all our sins."


  The Roman coin handed to Jesus by the Pharisees and Herodians on the temple mount was a silver Denarius. The image of Tiberius Caesar and the words Divi Filius, or “son of a god,” was on the obverse side. An image of Pax, the Roman goddess of peace, seated and encircled with the inscription “High Priest” (or, Pontif Maxim) was on the reverse side. See the coin here or here.
Confession to Action   Facts and Information
I will study the Word of God and allow the Spirit of God to use that Truth to transform my life.   "The prospect of the righteous is joy, but the hopes of the wicked come to nothing."
- Proverbs 10:28
Read the Bible in a Year; Bible Reading Program
Read one chapter each day to read through the narrative portion (or, the story line) of the whole Bible Genesis-Acts in one year. Read the General Text of the Bible Read the Complete Text of the Bible in a Year
(morning only) First Corinthians 11 Matthew 21
Prayer for Today
Personal Prayer Church Prayer Item National Prayer Concerns World Prayer Concerns
Finances Prayer Local mayors and
city officials
South Africa - Biblical Chistianity is strong and influential
Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
Jeremiah's pit found in courtyard of royal palace of the Kings of Judah in Silwan outside of the Old City Jerusalem, or in the ancient City of David
Jeremiah's pit located in the court yard of the kings of Judah in the ancient City of David (or, called Silwan today) (click on image for larger size) Detail map of Jerusalem, the Old City with the location of
Wilson's Arch highlighted.
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