The title of today’s post is a paraphrase of what one non-Christian said to the church of the Netherlands some 200 years ago. I think the modern culture is saying something similar to us today. They are looking for some evidence that we are not “mere men.” They are looking for some evidence of a supernatural quality to our religion. They want to know that God is real.
That’s what the Apostle Paul was getting at in his letter to the Corinthians. Their lives and their church was filled with sin. They were fighting among one another. They were living in the kind of sin that even the pagan world of the time viewed as evil and corrupt. In Paul’s 13th chapter, the great love chapter, his argument to the Corinthians is basically, “You want to know what love is? Love is everything you are not.”
So back in chapters 1-3 he reminds them that their behavior gives no evidence of any supernatural quality.
- Is there evidence of supernatural power in your church?
- In your life?
- Do you need special eye glasses to see it?
- Are there a growing number of non-Christians that are seeing the evidence and responding in some predictable and exciting way–i.e., they are coming to believe or they are fighting you tooth and nail, not because of your unrighteousness but because you stand for the righteous God who redeemed you?