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To Which Do You Belong?

February 14, 2011

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.

1 Corinthains 1:18

Christ crucified divides humanity into two groups: the foolish and the saved.

God doesn’t do things our way, praise Him. Here his Apostle is very blunt where we might be suave, cautious, courteous: “the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing.” I cannot find the man whom I quoted here, but consider this: “Perhaps the thinking of the perishing man runs like                 this: ‘That one man could die on a piece of wood on an [unremarkable] hill in a [ordinary] part of the world and thereby determine the destiny of     every person who has ever lived seems stupid.  It allows no place for man’s merit, man’s attainment, man’s understanding, or man’s pride‘” (emphasis mine).

So might go the thinking of the foolish with regard to the Cross. But to the saved, the cross is far from foolish; it is the power of God to rescue us from God himself and his terrible wrath. Here, Don Carson helpfully writes, “The point is crucial as Paul does not at first say that the cross is the “wisdom” of God.  Paul does not want the Corinthians to think that the gospel is nothing more than a philosophical system. . . . It is far more:  where human wisdom utterly fails to deal with human need, God himself has taken action [in power].”

You cannot read a text like this and go away with merely more head knowledge. You must ask yourself, “To which group of humanity do I belong?”

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