“For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.” (4:20)
This age old problem endures. People want to relate to a person or a thing they feel most comfortable with, instead of God Himself.
We love our Christian philosophers. We are so very Greek. Podcasts, books, trends, movements, “new” ideas and even creating Christian celebrities. This is a madness. It moves us away from the point.
God sent Himself to be our priest. Christ is our teacher. We have His life as an example. We have His Spirit inside us and it’s powerful. Raising the dead, healing the sick, comforting those who mourn, staying patient in persecution, having peace and hope in affliction, reconciling people who have every right to stay angry.
But in chapter three, Paul says, “It looks like I have to start over with you guys.” So caught up in fandom and differing philosophies, they’ve lost the gospel and reverted back to a kind of pre-conversion state.
This temptation remains. Even as a I read chapter one again, it says:
“I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.”
And I’m like, “yeaaaah right!” It’s as if our favorite pastime is disagreeing and splitting hairs over theologies and the playing out of our “personal salvation”.
It’s time to repent. It’s time to get back to the Kingdom of God. I am so guilty of this. It’s time to get back to The Word and attentiveness to His Spirit. It’s time to get face to face with God Himself, Christ in me, and being a temple of the presence of God’s Spirit. The power lies in Him.