THE WISDOM OF THE CROSS
Today’s Epistle: 1Corinthians 1:23 (KJV).
“But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling block, and unto the Greeks foolishness…”
Many people, even Christians are often embarrassed to embrace the simplicity of the cross as the doorway into life with God. Paul said the preaching of the cross is a scandal and an offensive stumbling block to the Jews and absurd and utterly unphilosophical nonsense to the Gentiles (AMP). Today, the world still calls the central theme of Christianity foolishness due to their ignorance. However, man’s inability to grasp the largeness of God’s truth makes them no less powerful. Paul was determined not to let the cross be overshadowed by any other theme in his life. For he boldly said, “For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be deprived of force and emptied of its power and rendered vain (fruitless, void of value, and of no effect).” (1Corinthians 1:17 AMP). By this Paul meant that it is impossible to preach the message of the cross without being born of the spirit of God that lives and abides in you, guiding and teaching you always. As such, any one that has not the spirit of God is none of His (Romans 8:9) and whatever he passes out as a preaching will be a sermon full of man’s wisdom and not the wisdom of God which is void of power and merely natural; and a natural man cannot receive anything from God because they are spiritually discerned (1Corinthians 2:14). It is accustomed in the human nature that many who are zealous for God do so by following their family’s denomination without bordering to finding out if that was actually God’s way of salvation for them. But emphatically, it will be a mirage to be taught by a “Man of God” who doesn’t manifest or show-case the evidence of the Holy Spirit such as speaking in tongues, laying of hands on the sick, casting out of devils etc. When Paul entered the city of Corinth, in order to distinguish himself and his message from that of other religious proselytes, he said and I quote “And I brethren, when I came unto you, came not with excellency of speech or of man’s wisdom declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined to know nothing among you except Christ and Him crucified… And my speech and my preaching were not in enticing words of man’s wisdom but in the demonstraion of the spirit and of power” ( 1Corinthians 2:1-5).
Paul’s reiteration on the preaching of the cross not with wisdom of God was a fact irrefutable because throughout his ministry, he wrote numerous signs and wonders; evidences of truth in the message he preached. It will therefore the height of arrogance to pass oneself off as a minister of God without the manifestation of the power of God (1Corinthians 4:18-20). Even worse is to sit under such a one. 2Timothy 3:5 (AMP) “For [although] they hold a form of piety (true religion), they deny and reject and are strangers to the power of it [their conduct belies the genuineness of their profession]. Avoid [all] such people [turn away from them].”, Save yourself, beloved, from this wind of deception.
1Corinthians 4:18-20, Mark 16:17-20, Roman 1:16
Confession of Faith / Prayer for the Day
I thank you for insights into the mysteries of your word, and the preaching of the cross of Christ. I receive your word with all humility of heart, living in the fullness of the glory of the aftermath of the cross, in Jesus’ Name. Amen!
Thought for the Day
The preaching of the cross of Christ is not in eloquence of speech, but in the demonstration of the resurrection power.
We pray that you become fruitful by the teaching of God’s word and as you yield to the Holy Spirit. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you meditate on the revelation of Jesus Christ and as you continue in His Grace. Abba father.
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