“For I resolved to know nothing (to be acquainted with nothing, to make a display of the knowledge of nothing, and to be conscious of nothing) among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.”
– 1 Corinthians 2:2 (AMP)
I am not sure how long Paul stayed there in Corinth when he ministered there, but just think of this. Whenever Paul opened His mouth he preached about Jesus Christ and Him Crucified. He must have had a great understanding of the value of preaching the Cross.
The same Apostle Paul also explained in 1 Corinthians 1 that the preaching of the Cross is the power of God, for us who are being saved. I always wondered how the mighty Apostle Paul could refer to himself as someone that is “being saved.” He was saved when He wrote it…? The answer came to me when I finally understood that our Spirit man is saved, because we received Christ in our lives, but our souls and our bodies are being saved. Man is not just a Spirit or a soul or a body, but man is a Spirit, soul and body person. The plan of God is that we experience His salvation in all three “parts” of our beings.
Here is how it works. When we hear the message of the Cross preached, it brings faith to our hearts. Faith comes by hearing (Romans 10:17). It brings us to a place where we start to depend on Him. We become like that branch that depends on the Vine and bears the fruit of the Vine (John 15:5). The same life that flows through the Vine flows through the branch and produce its fruit. That is how salvation comes to your soul (mind, will and emotions) and your body.
The opposite is true when you hear modern day motivational messages. You start to depend on yourself more and more… It always puts you and your performance in the centre of the message and it forces you to try and “bear fruit” independently from the Vine. No preaching of the Cross = No salvation in the souls and bodies of Believers. It is as simple as that.
The message of the Cross:
1.) Who Christ is.
2.) The sufferings of Christ.
3.) What He accomplished for us through His death, resurrection and ascension.
My encouragement for you today is that you make hearing the message of the Cross priority in your life.
“For I am not ashamed of the Gospel (good news) of Christ, for it is God’s power working unto salvation…” Romans 1:16.