Greetings In the Name of the Lord:
1 Corinthians 1:18 (NLT)
The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God.
We might think that Paul had an advantage in spreading the Gospel in his day. He didn’t have to deal with post-modern relativism, post-Christian skepticism, and the information age of computers and technology. We think for some reason that it is harder to be a Christian today than it was for Paul and the other writers of the New Testament. How wrong we are to think that way! Paul had to deal with Romans and Greeks who saw the message of the cross as absurd because crucifixion was considered a punishment reserved for the worst of all criminals. So brutal that it wasn’t even appropriate to mention the word in polite society. To the Jews that Paul was dealing with it was equally absurd because they all knew that Scripture taught that those who died on a tree were cursed. Furthermore, they couldn’t accept a suffering Messiah because they all were looking for a conquering King who would over throw the Romans and re-establish the throne of David. However, the one thing that Paul had going for him, and likewise we have going for us, is that those who experience the power of the cross know its incredible power. For those who have experienced it know “The cross of Christ is full of God’s power, for it was the means by which Jesus accomplished our salvation when He shed His blood and died for us. To try to explain the Cross or deduce its importance in terms of human wisdom and philosophy would rob it of its power, that is, of its ability to transform sinners into saints” (Horton, I & II Corinthians). This is where we today have an advantage. People in our post-modern society are very experience oriented in the approach to spirituality. They don’t want to know about a concept of God, rather they want to feel, touch, and experience Him. They want more than to know about God, they want to know God. This advantage is especially pronounced for those of us who are Pentecostal believers because through the baptism of the Holy Spirit we experience the power of God in very real and tangible ways. Just as Jesus said in the Book of Acts, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8). Take hold of our advantage to share the Gospel with others and let them experience the power of the cross of Christ.