For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God (1 Corinthians 1:18 ESV).
Imagine losing your phone or your keys and looking everywhere for them. You look in the last place you thought you had them. You look on the floor. You look on all the furniture, especially the couch and your bed. Then you do it all over again, because you just had your keys or your phone; it should be right there. Then suddenly, you look and your phone or your keys are right there in front of you in plain sight. They were there the whole time, but you never saw them.
It is the same with spiritual truth. It is right there, but you never see it until your eyes are opened. The death, burial and resurrection of Jesus is foolish to some – an idea to be ridiculed and despised for its simplicity, its claims to absolute truth, and its requirement to repent. For those who are saved, it is the incredible power of God for the very same reasons. It is simple and elegant. It demonstrates the sovereignty of God. It brings us into right relationship with God. As the apostle Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 2:14, “the natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned” (ESV). It is there, but the natural person cannot see it.
Receive the Gospel of Jesus Christ for what it is – “the power of God” for your salvation. It is right there in front of you. If you have not received the Gospel, seek the counsel of a Christian teacher who can show you clearly the plan of salvation in the Bible (contact me). Remind yourself today that those who do not receive the Gospel need compassion and God’s grace; show them the love of Christ through your words and your deeds. Let God’s power work through you.
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