Denying the Power Thereof

“Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” (2 Tim. 3:5)

Apostle Paul in his letter to Timothy warned of impending perilous times. In detailing the characteristics of such a time, the Apostle listed a pseudo-Christian lifestyle described as “a form of godliness”. This refers to unconverted Christians who appear to be one of us, however they are strangers to the throne room in heaven. The power of conversion and transformation is yet to carry out its work in their lives. They lack the capacity to live a lifestyle void of sin and they easily take offence, justifying their position irrespective of scriptural injunction to the contrary. Their lives deny the power of transformation inherent in true salvation premised on the finished work at Calvary.

When a life is void of this power, it struggles with sins of the flesh and obedience because of its carnal nature and truly “. . . the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. (Rm. 8:7). When the power of conversion is missing in a life (Jn.1:12) the seed of God is absent (1Jn.3:9) and the devil will become resident in such life which constitute problems for the Church of God.

Escalated activities of the mixed multitude in the twenty first century Church is not unconnected with the quality of gospel being administered in our time. How can we explain the level of comfort sinners are afforded in the Church whereas they are to be confronted with the gospel that is naturally offensive? Even the cross is offensive! “But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling block, and unto the Greeks foolishness;” (1 Cor.1:23). An average sinner should be uncomfortable under the true gospel that is accompanied with the true power of conversion, instead their cry should be   “. . . .Men and brethren, what shall we do? (Acts 2:37), because they are convicted by the “power thereof”.

Friends, are you still attracted to the unbeliever’s lifestyle? Are you constantly mindful of where you came from (Heb.11:15)? Do you struggle with manifesting the fruits of the spirit (Gal.5:22,23)? Is your public and private life at variance? If you still struggle with these things, it can be said that you only have a form of godliness and lack the power thereof; the power of transformation!

TODAY, if you will hear the voice of the Spirit saying “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? (2 Cor.13:5). Are you indeed a child of God or you are a reprobate? To yourself, be true!

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