Not much has changed. We often think that our world of advanced technology and high-speed internet of the modern age have changed the spiritual challenges we face, making it more complicated to do ministry and advance the gospel. The truth is that what Paul faced in his day is exactly what we face today. That means the same truth and principles to do God’s work can be employed as what Paul used in his day.
When Paul wrote his first letter to the Corinthians, the believers were in a world of immorality and worldly influences that mirror what we face today, even within the church. Besides this, their intellectual pride was clouding their understanding of the pure gospel, thinking they could grasp the things of God with human wisdom and carnal minds. Paul had to remind them that God was going to destroy both. As Paul begins his letter, notice how he sets aside everything except what was of the highest importance.
“I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified” (1 Corinthians 2:1–2). Christ and His cross are the answer to every moral and worldly issue. Should we presume to use any other message or method to solve issues today? As Paul says in chapter one, to use “words of eloquent wisdom” is to empty the cross of its power (1:17).
It is the person of Jesus placed at the center of our life that answers every problem. His death on the cross brought an end to every sin that challenges God’s authority in our lives, only if we see ourselves as crucified with Christ (Galatians 2:20). Are you?
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