“For his letters, say they, are weighty and powerful; but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible.” (2 Corinthians 10:10)
As Paul often does, he uses the tool of a comparison in this passage. He places the weight and power of letters up against the weakness that is in his bodily presence and the contemptibleness, or commonness, that is in his speech.
This clearly shows the truth of the power of a true message sent by God through a messenger of God, even by pen and paper. The same Spirit that is talked about in 1 Peter 1:20-21 is the same Spirit that indwells the born-again messenger of God today:
“Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.” (2 Peter 1:20)
“For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” (2 Peter 1:21)
Sure, it is our natural desire to be out, and in the presence of our loved ones, and inside the local community churches, bodily. But when we are enlightened with Truth by the Spirit of God, it is our duty to get the Word of God to the people through the means that God has provided. It is no doubt that at this appointed time (dispensation); it is by way, or by means of, HOHPM. Amen.
In 1 Corinthians 9:17, Paul speaks of another type of dispensation of the Gospel being committed to him. He talks about the preaching of the Gospel verbally.
It has been said by someone that, “Words of encouragement have enough weight and power to help pull a 350-pound human out of the deepest rut.”
Written letters of encouragement have been used to rescue me plenty of times.
God has used The Bible to instruct in our life about Salvation, Sanctification, and Sufficiency. All found in Him through His dear Son, who is the living Word of God:
“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)
People of the world and in the church almost always seem to choose to trust in the outward appearance of the messenger. They seem to also trust in the messenger who can speak very well, or has something new to say. There are many examples of this in Scripture. But God says that He will use the direct opposite to get what He purposed accomplished:
“Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.” (1 Corinthians 1:25)
“For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:” (1 Corinthians 1:26)
“But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;” (1 Corinthians 1:27)
“And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:” (1 Corinthians 1:28)
“That no flesh should glory in his presence.” (1 Corinthians 1:29)
“Our Daily Bread” is a good example of the truth of this devotion. And the testimonies of once-lost loved ones, who are now saved, are another example.
Understanding now that a Sovereign God has everything set up for His plan and His purpose, I know that He has prepared the hearts of those who receive the words of encouragement (The Word of God) by way of pen and paper, so that they can have the correct response.
In reality, paper weight carries plenty of weight. So let us put the privilege of stamps, pen, and paper to good use, while we have the opportunity to communicate in this manner. Amen.