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I’ve taught ballroom dancing. Waltz, swing, fox trot . . . even some of the Latin dances like cha-cha. (It’s been a while . . . but it was fun when I was doing it!)

One of the things that we’d typically do in teaching a new step was to demonstrate it. We’d show what we were talking about, what we were teaching. And, invariably, those trying to learn would ask, “Can I see that again?” You could describe an under arm counter-clockwise turn, but people still wanted to see it. Usually more than once. We had to demonstrate what we were talking about for it make sense.

I wonder about that when it comes to the Christian life. What do we do when people ask, “Can I see that?”

We talk about the good news of Jesus invading our world to rescue us from selfishness and sin and the devil’s influence. We share about how Jesus has come announcing the breaking in of God’s kingdom into our world. And they hear our words. And I think that they often want a demonstration that goes along with our words.

That is substantially what Paul had in mind when, writing to the Corinthians, he spoke of his own proclamation of the good news. He said that he shared the good news about Jesus, not in words only, “but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God” (1 Corinthians 2:1-5).

Along with the announcement of the good news that Paul shared was a demonstration of the reality of the Spirit’s presence and power so that the words about God being present and active in our lives was clearly seen in things that happened that could not be explained away. There was an evidential component to the proclamation. A demonstration. A manifestation of the realness of what was shared that would lead others to rest not on men and their words, but to rest on God because he could be known to be there because of the demonstration of his presence.

In future posts I will have to tackle the idea of “looking for signs” (which in writing to the Corinthians Paul suggests is a wrong approach to the Gospel). But today I am trying to wrestle with the idea that Paul shared in word and deed. He demonstrated, through his ministry, the reality of the message he spoke.

People might well have asked him, “Can I see that again?” I’m not sure how he would have answered, but that he even considered the possibility of demonstrating the truth of the good news about Jesus is something I cannot avoid.


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