And Him Crucified

Re:Verse reading–1 Corinthians 1:18-25 (day seven)

Paul takes an unusual stance in 1 Corinthians 1 that can only be attributed to the Holy Spirit.  He claims that we cannot come to God through logic or miracles, but only the cross.

For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. 1 Cor. 1:21

Our natural tendency when talking to a non-believer is to win them over through an intellectual debate about life, and if that does not work we imagine what they would think if only they saw a miracle of God.  Paul argues an intellectual debate is fleeting, and unfortunately, Jesus already told us how they would respond to miracles as well:

“‘No, father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’
“He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’”Luke 16:30-31

Neither logic nor miracle will win your friend to Christ, but we must follow in Paul’s footsteps to simply lead people to the cross.  We preach Jesus Christ and Him crucified.

Author: Chris Johnson

Chris Johnson is Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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