Preaching the Cross Part 1

Last week I concluded the series entitled “Victorious Living” with this scripture:

For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. I Corinthians 1:17&18 (Emphasis supplied).

The apostle Paul lets us know here that the gospel is about experiencing and living by the saving power of God within. This is why the enemy of souls (Satan) fears the gospel and has done everything in his power to keep the gospel from being proclaimed (preached). At first Satan tried to keep the gospel from being preached by destroying those who preached it. However, he soon found that tactic did not work. It only caused it to be proclaimed more powerfully because those who preached it demonstrated what Jesus said in I John 4:4, which says:

Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. (Emphasis supplied).

When Satan realized that his attempts to destroy the gospel were not working, he decided he would use a tactic that would prove to be much more effective: A tactic that comes from this philosophy:

If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.

Therefore, Satan decided the best way to keep the gospel from being proclaimed was to distort it. Once again, I refer to I Corinthians 1:17&18 because the apostle Paul also tells us how Satan accomplished this distortion when he said:

For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. (Emphasis supplied).

 Paul tells us here that it is the cross of Christ that makes it possible for us to experience the saving power of God within. Therefore, the best way to distort the gospel is to make the preaching of the cross of Christ of none effect (ineffective/powerless).

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