1 Corinthians 1:17-19.. 17 For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not in cleverness of speech, so that the cross of Christ would not be made void.
18 For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written,
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
And the cleverness of the clever I will set aside.”
Paul was not called to baptize but to preach the simple gospel of Jesus. The gospel was described by Paul as ” 3 Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,” A The death, burial, and resurrection was the central point in Paul’s preaching. He preached it in simple fashion so big words would not hide this point.
He understood that the person who is perishing is doing so because they reject the cross and resurrection as foolish. But to those being saved the cross and resurrection is the power of God for a eternal future with Jesus.
February 28-29, 2018 Rev. Billy Graham’s body lay in state in the capital rotunda. The world heard the leaders of the USA honor him as a humble man with the simple message of Jesus. He spoke in person to more than 215 million people in crusades all over the world. The power of the gospel is still powerful and effective today.
Paul in v.19 quotes Isaiah writings on the ineffectiveness of the worldly wise and clever.
We are to exalt nothing above the love of Jesus and His saving death and resurrection for each person whoever lived. What “power” or “wisdom” do nonbelievers today rely on to answer questions of eternal significance?
Notes: A- 1 Corinthians 15:1-8
Henry Luke 3/8/2018
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