Summary: The gospel is rejected by some as foolish. To true believers it is a gold standard.
March 7, 2018
Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:18-25
The Value or Worth of the Gospel
What is the value or worth of the gospel? Why is there so much variation and augmentation to God’s Word? Dr. Kenneth Chafin, in his commentary, says, “In this brief passage, The Apostle reminds the church for all times that while its gospel does not measure up to worldly standards, it is the only word of salvation to those who believe.”
I beat that dead horse all the time. The gospel and biblical doctrine are the standard for the Christian walk. It is here for us to absorb and to guide us to the life that God intended for His creation. What has always been the stumbling block is man’s thinking that there is a better way or at least an easier way. It isn’t for society to mold the gospel to fit a way of life but rather our way of life ought to be to fit the gospel teachings.
One cannot rationalize biblical truth. Every attempt results in some form of divisiveness, either among individuals, society or churches. Why do you think there are so many denominations among us? Being non-denominational has actually become a denomination in and of itself.
Paul refers to 1 Corinthians 1:19: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
And bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.”
“Therefore, behold, I will again do a marvelous work Among this people,
A marvelous work and a wonder; For the wisdom of their wise men shall perish,
And the understanding of their prudent men shall be hidden.” Isaiah 29:14
So often, men want to rely on their intellect as the source for interpreting or even rejecting the gospel. The more educated and intellectual the person is, the bigger the divide.
Christ died on the cross! We know that. Why? It was the will of God the Father to offer up the life of His Only Son, Jesus the Christ as an atoning sacrifice for the sins of mankind, for all time. Jesus went to the cross and gave His life for that sacrifice in obedience to the will of the Father.
That is a major stumbling block for so many. That is, as Paul says in verse 18, foolishness to those who are perishing. Then he goes on to say that to us who are being saved, it is the power of God. We do not worship the cross, we worship the author of the work of the cross. Thus, the symbol is prevalent in so many churches and homes of Christians. It is a reminder to us, but not an object of worship.
Though it may seem foolish to non-believers, the gospel with all of its mysteries is there to lead us to salvation. The more we read, study and absorb the gospel truth, the closer we come to realizing the rewards of our faithfulness. It can be a struggle at times. Most things of value are.
That value is right there for you and me. I not only want it, I need it? How about you?
Let us pray.