1Cor.2:4,5 – and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of mankind, but on the power of God.
I was recently reading this verse in Corinthians and noticed Paul’s unusual way of describing faith. He said that faith does not rest on what people say but it rests on the power of God. I was pondering exactly what Paul was trying to get across and I looked up the word rest. It is the word Eimi – and means to have existence. So what is Paul saying? He said that faith exists in the power of God. Faith is not a separate entity but it is in God Himself. I looked a little further and discovered something even more amazing. When Jesus was talking about His eternal existence to the Pharisees He said, “Before Abraham was, I am”. The phrase “I am” in this passage is also eimi. Jesus was saying that He exists eternally. So getting back to the preaching, the power of God is the anointing of the Spirit. Preaching in the power of God creates an atmosphere of faith because that is where God exists. Here is Barclay describing this statement that Jesus made, “Before Abraham was I am”.
“What did he (Jesus) mean? Obviously he did not mean that he, the human figure Jesus, had always existed. We know that Jesus was born into this world at Bethlehem; there is more than that here. Think of it this way. There is only one person in the universe who is timeless; and that one person is God. What Jesus is saying here is nothing less than that the life in him is the life of God; he is saying, as the writer of the Hebrews put it more simply, that he is the same yesterday, today and forever. In Jesus, we see not simply a man who came and lived and died; we see the timeless God, who was the God of Abraham and of Isaac and of Jacob, who was before time and who will be after time, who always is. In Jesus, the eternal God showed himself to men and women.”
So what was Paul saying in today’s verse? He was saying that God lives and reveals Himself in His preaching. This is true Pentecostal preaching, not in clever human cliches, but simply in the power of God.