The Kingdom Comes to the Powerful
This morning I would like to suggest that the kingdom comes to the powerful (1 Cor 4:20), although this is not power in the normal sense of the word. On the one hand, Jesus’ kingdom evidences miracles that only the hard-hearted can dismiss (Matt 11:20- 21; Luke 5:17). But sometimes this kind of observable power becomes an end in itself and defeats Jesus’ ultimate intent of embracing the God who is behind all power (Acts 8:10; Matt 7:21-22).
For the most part, the power of God is hidden, subversive, and often overlooked (1 Cor 1:22-24; Rom 1:16). It is this hidden power to which believers witness (Acts 1:8)…a power that masquerades as weakness (2 Cor 4:7-10; 12:9). But the truth of the matter is that this weakness-power is actually what we mean by agape-love (1 Cor 13:1-3).