By: Loren Larson – President of World Evangelism Bible College
I Corinthians 2:4-5 – “And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of Power:
“That your Faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the Power of God.”
A Supernatural Supply
Biblical Christianity demands more of a human being than any human being can supply. The Christian life is not just a matter of will power, or philosophy, or a desire to do good.
The Christian is asked to become something he or she is not and to overcome things that he or she (in their own natural abilities) cannot. If these statements are right, and they are, that means that the Believer must somehow obtain a supernatural supply, a supernatural power source by which they might accomplish the task of becoming and exhibiting true Christianity. Thus, Christianity is not just a philosophy or an occasional act of worship. True Christianity requires that the Believer tap into God’s Supply of the Holy Spirit, Who ministers to us the supply of the Spirit.
The Church At Corinth
The Church at Corinth was experiencing great troubles. They had man-made division among themselves (Chpt. 1). They were carnal (Chpt. 3). They had leadership that lived in open rebellion to the morality of God (Chpt. 5). As well, and at the root of their problems, the majority had rejected Paul’s teachings as to how to live for God. In an effort to correct these problems, Paul charges the Church to return to the basic message by which, and in which, they were established. He reminds them that while he was in their midst, founding the Church there (for some eighteen months), he had preached a specific message. His message to them was all about Christ and Him Crucified (see I Cor. 2:2). In saying this, one should recognize the power and the far reaching affect of the right message being preached. This message established the Church and it would now be used to correct the Church. Ultimately it is this same message that has the intrinsic ability to maintain the Church; for it is this message alone by which the Power of God becomes available and manifests in the life of the Believer. Paul saw all the problems and proclaimed that a return to the message he preached would produce all that God desired in the local Church.
Return To The Basics
Anytime a great team (in any sport) begins to lose more than they win, there is a distinct cry that comes from any good coach. That cry is, let’s return to the basics. Let’s practice the fundamentals that brought us victory and success in the first place. Evidently, somewhere along the way we have left off the basics that made us successful. Today, the Church of Jesus Christ is being called back to the basics. We have so many unscriptural approaches to victory that it is appalling. Failure in personal lives and corporate fellowships to accomplish the Plan of God is plain for the simply observant to see. Our evangelistic thrusts onto foreign soil with men and women preaching the uncompromising Gospel have been replaced by “good-will” projects and efforts of man to relieve some suffering. I commend any effort to help mankind, but the real need of humanity is Salvation. A lost soul can easily go to Hell on a full stomach. That’s not what God intended. Therefore, we need to return to the basics of the Scriptures that made us a powerful force for God in times past. We need to once again tap into the supernatural supply.
Faith In The Right Object
Paul denounced any other message as a message that had been concocted in the mind of religious man. He denounced philosophies and wisdom that came from men’s minds. He knew that even though they sounded good and stirred the soul, they had no long lasting supernatural supply. These false ways of man could not live up to the demands of changing a person’s habits, head, or heart. However, Paul also knew that basic trust in God’s Redemption Plan would bring the Moving and Operation of the Holy Spirit, to those who believed. That is why He determined (made a moral decision) to preach only one message. He pointed Believers to Faith in the Finished Work of Christ at Calvary. He understood that Faith placed there gave the Spirit of God the legal right to work and perform in the heart and life of the one believing properly. He said in our Text that he desired Believers to be buttressed by the Power of God so that their Faith (and the Believers themselves) might stand in the supernatural supply of God. Do you have that supply today? Are you receiving the help you need from God to live this Christian life? If not, then look closely at what you are depending upon. If you’re Faith is in the right Object, Christ and Him Crucified, then you will have a supernatural supply and your Faith will stand in the Power of God. If you don’t trust in the Cross to supply your need, your need will not be met! Let’s get back to basics and trust in the Cross and what Jesus accomplished for us there.