Is Your Light Shining?
With Rev. Bill Comfort (2/5/17)
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1 Corinthians 2: 1-12
Dear brothers and sisters, when I came to you, I did not come preaching God’s secret with fancy words or a show of human wisdom. I decided that while I was with you I would forget about everything except Jesus Christ and his death on the cross.
So when I came to you, I was weak and fearful and trembling. My teaching and preaching were not with words of human wisdom that persuade people but with proof of the power that the Spirit gives. This was so that your faith would be in God’s power and not in human wisdom.
However, I speak a wisdom to those who are mature. But this wisdom is not from this world or from the rulers of this world, who are losing their power. I speak God’s secret wisdom, which he has kept hidden.
Before the world began, God planned this wisdom for our glory. None of the rulers of this world understood it. If they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But as it is written in the Scriptures:
“No one has ever seen this, and no one has ever heard about it. No one has ever imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.”
But God has shown us these things through the Spirit. The Spirit searches out all things, even the deep secrets of God.
Who knows the thoughts that another person has? Only a person’s spirit that lives within him knows his thoughts.
It is the same with God. No one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.
Now we did not receive the spirit of the world, but we received the Spirit that is from God so that we can know all that God has given us.
Matthew 5: 13-16
“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its salty taste, it cannot be made salty again. It is good for nothing, except to be thrown out and walked on.
“You are the light that gives light to the world. A city that is built on a hill cannot be hidden. And people don’t hide a light under a bowl. They put it on a lampstand so the light shines for all the people in the house.
In the same way, you should be a light for other people. Live so that they will see the good things you do and will praise your Father in heaven.