Scripture Reading: Luke 4:16-44
I have heard what the prophets said, that prophesy lies in my name, saying, I have dreamed, I have dreamed.26 How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets that prophesy lies? yea, they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart;27 Which think to cause my people to forget my name by their dreams which they tell every man to his neighbor, as their fathers have forgotten my name for Baal.28 The prophet that hath a dream, let him tell a dream; and he that hath my word, let him speak my word faithfully. What is the chaff to the wheat? saith the Lord.29 Is not my word like as a fire? saith the Lord; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?
God allows false teaching (chaff) and true teaching (wheat). All days include lies with truth—discern between the two. The fire of His word will burn up the chaff and burn the evil and purify the good. Hammer—tool of destruction. God’s Word is solid, it will pound things into shape! Pound out lies and break hard hearts.
Therefore, behold, I am against the prophets, saith the Lord, that steal my words every one from his neighbour.31 Behold, I am against the prophets, saith the Lord, that use their tongues, and say, He saith.32 Behold, I am against them that prophesy false dreams, saith the Lord, and do tell them, and cause my people to err by their lies, and by their lightness; yet I sent them not, nor commanded them: therefore they shall not profit this people at all, saith the Lord.
Steal my words—false prophets often borrow some truth. From neighbor—keep quoting each other! God is against people who mix their lies, ideas, and philosophies with His pure word. Lightness—unstable, babbling water, chaff.
--blown around with every wind of doctrine.
God’s power rests behind His word. If you speak false words, do not expect God’s power to carry it out, but rather to defeat you.
And came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and taught them on the sabbath days.32 And they were astonished at his doctrine: for his word was with power. 33 And in the synagogue there was a man, which had a spirit of an unclean devil, and cried out with a loud voice,34 Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art; the Holy One of God.35 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him. And when the devil had thrown him in the midst, he came out of him, and hurt him not.36 And they were all amazed, and spake among themselves, saying, What a word is this! for with authority and power he commandeth the unclean spirits, and they come out.
32: With power—authority, influence, force, strength. Exousia. Not quoting other people, that’s for sure!
36: authority, word in 32. And Power—dunamis. Ability to do stuff.
2 Corinthians 6:7
By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left
Looked at this before with last phrase of verse 6 being love unfeigned. Power—dunamis—often used in relation with miracles.
1 Thessalonians 2:11-13
As ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father doth his children,12 That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.13 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.
Walk worthy—live up to the place you’ve been put. Not causing unbelievers to blaspheme. Effectually worketh—energeo-- to be operative, be at work, put forth power 1a) to work for one, aid one. Only works in the one who believes—one test of whether you believe is whether its power is on display in changing you?
--It will have no effect without this condition of belief.
1 Corinthians 2:1-5
And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
Paul would forget all other learning to concentrate on preaching Christ. He came in bodily weakness and trembling—anxiety to perform a task. Demonsttration of power—externally with miracles, internally with spiritual conviction, rebirth, and sanctification. Don’t put your faith in people for they have little power!