1 Corinthians 1:18 | June 12

1 Corinthians 1:18 (AV)

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

For the preaching. The Greek word translated here as preaching should be familiar–it is the word, Logos. It is not a verb in the Greek, but a noun. When we speak the Scripture (or graphe) we do it with logos (words).

Of the cross. The word of Scripture or message is the cross. The phrase literally reads, For the word of the cross. We should not think of this as a pastor or preacher standing up in front of a church. The word of the cross is a message everyone needs to present; to neighbors, coworkers, bosses, bankers, grocers, mail-carriers, family, friends, truly anyone we come in contact with. The word of the cross is life-changing for eternity.

But when the word of the cross is presented get ready for opposition because it is to them that perish foolishness. Perish means lost. Those who are eternally lost; to them it is foolishness. Can a person who is lost be saved? Yes, God has not chosen some and damned others. Whosoever will may come. But unless a person believes, he will be lost and the gospel will fall on deaf ears. We need to pray for our lost acquaintances and family members.

Unto us which are saved it is the power of God. Once a person believes he is saved. The words which are saved carry the idea of those who are being saved (Young’s Literal Translation). The cross is no longer foolishness because the one saved realizes what has happened. Belief has provided him with everlasting life. It is the mighty work of the cross. The cross of Jesus Saves. There is no other power for salvation.

Tomorrow: 1 Corinthians 1:19

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