Now if people are set in their views and cannot be swayed by reason what does it take to make a change? Consider these passages which compare the spoken word to the Power of the Spirit
1Co 2:1 And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.
2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.
3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.
4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:
5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
1Co 4:15 For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.
16 Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me.
17 For this cause have I sent unto you Timotheus, who is my beloved son, and faithful in the Lord, who shall bring you into remembrance of my ways which be in Christ, as I teach every where in every church.
18 Now some are puffed up, as though I would not come to you.
19 But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord will, and will know, not the speech of them which are puffed up, but the power.
20 For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.
Consider how the Spirit is described here in John 14 as one who teaches and brings things into remembrance.
Joh 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
To provide an example of a more mature, in depth approach consider the following In the above passage from 1 Cor 4 a very similar description is given for Timotheus. This is a clue that the passage from 1 Cor 4 is allegorical. The speaker is Jesus, [not Paul] and Timotheus is used as a type of the Holy Spirit. It is Jesus who is saying be ye followers of me. The Holy Spirit is the one who is to teach and bring things into memory. And the mention of the coming to us and the nature of the Kingdom has end time implications. For now we have ten thousand instructors but where is the maturity? It's found in those who are followers; those who can hear.
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