In a world that is drunk with its own pride, man-made wisdom and power, it is important for us to accept Paul’s advice for us about the gospel.
“For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart”” (1 Corinthians 1:18–19).
The remainder of this chapter is Paul’s explanation of why the wisdom of this world is “foolish” and God has chosen what the world thinks is foolish, weak, low and despised “to bring to nothing the things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God” (1:27-29).
So strong was Paul’s confidence in the gospel that he tells the church in Rome, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek” (Romans 1:16). Rome, along with every other form of government proclaims that they have power, but the fact is that there is no power on earth that can compare to the power of the gospel. No power on earth can change a person’s eternal destiny except the power of the gospel.
This should make us all bolder in our witness for Jesus Christ. The gospel message in combination with the presence and power of the Holy Spirit in us is enough to accomplish God’s purpose — to spread the gospel to every nation, tribe and tongue!
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