#442 (21/9/21) - THE CROSS IS FOOLISHNESS (1 COR. 1:18-20)
This week our devotions are based on 1 Corinthians 1:18-25.
‘For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.” Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?' (1 Corinthians 1:18-20)
Please ensure that you’ve read yesterday’s devotional where we summarised the gospel.
There are only two groups of people in this world and they are defined by how they treat Jesus; the message of the cross - the gospel - is regarded as foolish or, alternatively, as God’s power. Our attitude to the gospel reflects whether we are in God’s Kingdom or not. Yes, there are many people-groups, but our unity or disunity is entirely dependent on whether Jesus is our Lord and Saviour or not.
Now, we may say that some people are just agnostic fence-sitters. Some people find the gospel interesting and may even go to church from time to time. God wants us to understand that the agnostic, polite person is also treating the gospel badly. Jesus’ death, resurrection and command to follow Him cannot be politely ignored! To politely ignore God is to be a rebel!
Our attitude to the gospel reveals our true spiritual state. Let’s be clear, we all start off in the place of sin and separation from God. All of us by nature reject the gospel. Our sinfulness hates God. No one by nature will submit themselves under His Lordship. All of us need the gracious, supernatural intervention of God on our hearts and minds. John writes of all of us,
‘This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.’ (John 3:19)