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By the preaching of Christ crucified the Cross is still making its appeal. To them that are Perishing it is Foolishness v. A man must be sinking into the blackness of final despair who thinks God's method of salvation is "foolishness. To them that are being Saved it is the Power of God v. To them who are being plucked out of the fire, like brands from the burning, and being delivered from the dominion of sin, and translated into the Kingdom of His dear Son, and being taught by His Holy Spirit and satisfied with His grace it is the power of God. To the Jew it is a Stumbling block v.
The poor Jew, blinded by unbelief has been stumbling over the Cross ever since Christ rose from the dead. The Cross of Christ lies right across his path. He cannot possibly get it out of his way. Some of the things spoken of by this prophet have been literally fulfilled by the life and death of this Man called Jesus, the Christ Isaiah 53 , whom they crucified. They as a nation will go on stumbling until the Lord Comes, and they look upon Him whom they have pierced Zechariah To the Greek it is Foolishness v. The Greeks seek after wisdom, but the message of the Cross, which is the embodiment of the wisdom of God, is to those worldly-wise ones "foolishness.
There are many in our own day, like those Greeks, who are earnestly seeking after wisdom, and yet deliberately pausing by Him who is the wisdom of God v.
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The Gospel of Christ is the power of God to save to the uttermost of man's need, and the wisdom of God to satisfy to the uttermost man's search for truth. To know God as revealed in His Word is to be made wise unto salvation. Our view of Christ in relation to God may be a great thing, but God's view of Christ in relationship to us His people is a much greater thing.
It is with His reckoning we have specially to do. For by the reckoning of Almighty Grace Christ is made of God unto us—. The quality of being wise belongs more to character than to thought. He has given us capacity to understand spiritual things. He can make us to abound in this wisdom Ephesians , so that we might be filled Colossians This righteousness comes not by the "works of the law," but by the reckoning of grace. Set apart, not as a recluse, but as a worker-together with Him. Jesus said: "On their behalf I consecrate Myself, in order that they may become perfectly consecrated in truth" John , Weymouth.
We are not saved as a miser saves his money, but as a wise father saves his son, by giving him fitness for his life's work.
This promise may well put cheer and confidence in our hearts, that He will work deliverance for us, whether as tempted and tried pilgrims, or as warriors for the truth. This Revelation cannot Possibly be the Invention of Men. The eye of man's carnal mind has never seen it. The ear of man's worldly wisdom has never heard it. Neither has it ever entered into the heart of man apart from the Holy Spirit the things which God has prepared for them that love Him v.
First Corinthians Bible Study
The world by wisdom knew not God chapter It is a Revelation from God. God only could reveal the mysteries of His suffering Son.
This is the glory of the Gospel message, that it is as true and as gracious as the God who gave it Galatians What this Revelation Is. It is the unveiling of the mystery of Christ and Him crucified v. The revelation of the fact that He died for our sins, and rose again for our justification, and that He is coming again for our final deliverance Hebrews It is a revelation of His abounding grace to sinful men, and of His power to save to the very uttermost all that come unto Him. How this Revelation is Made Known. It has come from God, and it comes home to the believing heart by the Spirit of God.
For "the Spirit searches the deep things of God. The Holy Spirit is the minister of the things of Christ 1 Corinthians He is the "Spirit of Truth," and He shall teach you all things bearing on the revealed will of the Father, "for He shall receive of Mine and shall show it unto you" John Oh, that all His people were so taught of God. With such a "Teacher, come from God," there is no excuse for spiritual poverty. How these Things should be Preached. Without this power, preaching is without authority—"sounding brass. You ministers of His, "Tarry you until you be endued with powers from on high" Luke In Corinth there were many contentions, as there are in the world everywhere today.
But Paul knew that the one thing needed by all was the power of the Gospel of Christ. The worldly, in their wisdom, would call this narrow-minded; but it is the wisdom of God to offer the Divine remedy for all the world's woes. The whole counsel of God radiates from the "Christ and Him crucified. Paul, as a master builder, is here dealing with some fundamental facts concerning the Christian's life and work.
A Foundation has been Laid. A foundation was needed, first, by God Himself, in which to build the structure of His redeemed Church; second, by man, on which to build his hopes for this life and the life to come. This foundation has been well and truly laid by the hand of infinite wisdom. Laid as deep as the grave, and as stable as the Eternal Throne.
A Superstructure is Being Raised. Here are two different classes of builders—. The Wise Builder. Who builds "gold, silver, and precious stones. He is careful about his doctrine, that the things he teaches in God's Name are in harmony with His Word. He is careful also about his manner of life.
In 2 Peter there is laid down before us a whole load of suitable material for a wise builder. The Foolish Builder. He uses "wood, hay, and stubble, or timber, hay and straw. He thinks that as long as you believe in the foundation it matters little what you build upon it, and so false teaching becomes easy, and the vain philosophies of the proud in heart become attractive.
He is careless and indifferent in practice, his faith in Christ has brought no change in his life and outlook. He still believes in building with "wood, hay, and stubble. A Testing Time is Coming. The foundation has been already tried Isaiah But the work done that has been associated with His Name will be tried with the fire of God's searching judgment. If the proud and the workers of iniquity are reckoned as stubble, so also are the works of the proud self-seeking Christians. This fiery test is not to reveal whether we are Christians or not, but whether cur works as Christians are worthy of Christ or not.
Will He own them, or will He burn then? That depends on their own intrinsic character, whether they are gold, or wood, silver or hay, precious stones or stubble.
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What they are will determine their destiny. Some Rewarded. He is not rewarded because he is a Christian. Salvation is not a reward for good works. It is the gift of God. The reward comes for the good works done in His Name, that are well pleasing in His sight; works that are consistent with the character of the Foundation. True and good, precious in. His eyes, and that bear the stamp of eternal value.
Some Not Rewarded. If his work is burned up it is because it is as wood, hay, and stubble, fit fuel for the fire. He may have a saved soul, but he has a lost life. Such will be the poorer through all the coming ages, as the result of his present ignorance and folly. The wages of this sin is also death. Death to the prospect of being rewarded for faithful service at the Coming of the Lord 1 Peter , who shall try every man's work of what sort it is. For we must all of us appear before Christ's judgment, set in our true characters, in order that each may then receive an award for his actions in this life, in accordance with what he has done, whether it be good or worthless 2 Corinthians He cannot mistake the hollow, heartless, worthless hay and stubble service for the faith, love and works of the consecrated life.
Let every man take heed how he builds thereupon v. At this time the Corinthian Church was unstable in doctrine and factious in fellowship. Some things are specially emphasized by the prefix: "Do you not know" or "Know you not. Know you not that—. The Saints shall Judge the World v. Daniel, in his vision, saw the Ancient of Days come, and the time that the saints possessed the kingdom Daniel , Jesus said: "You which have followed Me in the times of regeneration, when the Son of Man shall be enthroned, you also shall sit upon thrones judging" Matthew They lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years Rev.
It is a small matter for His saints to be judged of men now.
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Their day is coming. Your Bodies are the Members of Christ v. Know you not that these bodies of yours belong to Christ as really as your souls? The Lord is for your spirit, He also is for your body. Your body is a visible working member of Christ.
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