Friday, September 5, 2008

When I Survey The Wondrous Cross (Day 5)

To finish this week out, I decided to talk just a tad bit about 1 Corinthians 1:18. And the apostle Paul wrote this....

For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. (1 Corinthians 1:18)

When it is talking about the preaching of the cross it is talking about the message about Jesus' atoning death. In verse 19 of this same chapter it says, "For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise..." In all of life there are essentially just two kinds of wisdom, man's wisdom and God's wisdom, with the cross in between. What man thinks about the cross (either "foolishness" or "the power of God") determines his eternal destiny.

The word power in the Greek is dunamis (doo-nam-is), which means force (literal or figural), specially miraculous power. Some where down the language line we get the word dynamite. So the preaching of the cross is either foolishness and of no effect to people who don't get saved. Or the preaching of the cross is EXPLOSIVE to the people who get saved, so EXPLOSIVE that it changes people, the way they think, act, and speak.

If this whole week didn't help anyone, it such did help me. It made me stop and think what Jesus did for me and not only me, but the whole world. I am very thankful that Jesus died on the cross and shed his precious blood for me. 1 Peter 1:18 and 19 says this....

Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; (1 Peter 1:18)
But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: (1 Peter 1:19)

Jesus was the only one to save us from our sins. His blood was precious and pure. That is what we needed to cleanse us from our sins.


Marcy said...

Great series of blogs, Starla! What's sad is that many people today are trying to be redeemed by corruptible, material things. They think that will make them happy. They need to realize that true happiness comes from knowing and worshipping the Creator.

Jon w/no H said...

An interesting, insightful series. It's always good to reflect on on what Christ did on the cross. Let's not forget that not only did Christ die to save his people from sin, but he also died to glorify the Father and to bring redemption to the whole of Creation.