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Monday, February 11, 2013

Power


1 Thessalonians 1:5 is an intriguing verse.  I have, up to this point read it to mean what most of my signs and wonders friends have suggested, that when Paul says that his gospel came with "power" he was referring to exceptional demonstrations of the Holy Spirit, miracles.  Reading through that this morning, and certainly interested in receiving a miracle, I am not so sure that is what Paul is saying.
Is the power of the gospel miracles or is it the changed lives of men?
Look at the last portion of the verse, "...just as you know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake."  Then if you read through 1 Thessalonians 2, Paul expands the kind of men they were.  It seems like the power may have been in the character and conduct of Paul and his companions.

John 14:35 seems to support this.  What do you think?

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