Charlie Shamp Misses the Power of God

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In a recent social media post Charlie Shamp cited 1 Corinthians 2:4-5 to validate his emphasis on miracles, signs and wonders. Shamp and others like him miss the point, and actually distract from the cross. 1 Corinthians 1:18 says the message of the cross is the power of God. The power of God being referenced isn’t signs, wonders, and miracles.

1 Corinthians 1:22 speaks negatively of resting your faith on a sign. Paul said in 1 Corinthians 2:2 that he determined to know nothing among them except Jesus Christ and him crucified.

Our faith should rest on the message of the cross, not on a sign, wonder, or miracle. Paul’s point isn’t that the message of the cross isn’t power, his point is that persuasive words of wisdom are not power.

1 Corinthians 2:4-5 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

and my [a]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 [b]rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.

1 Corinthians 1:18 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

The Wisdom of God

18 For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who [a]are perishing, but to us who [b]are being saved it is the power of God.

1 Corinthians 1:22 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

22 For indeed Jews ask for [a]signs and Greeks search for wisdom;

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Corinthians 1:22 Or attesting miracles

1 Corinthians 2:2 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.

 

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