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The Cross of Jesus - Page Two

To those who reject God, the cross is utter foolishness, but to us it is the power of God. If you embrace the cross, immediately you will be considered irrational, unscientific, uneducated, ignorant and unwashed. You will also be considered a part of that vast populace who can't think for themselves, otherwise known as the "religious right," whatever that is.

1 Corinthians 1:18 For the preaching of the cross is to themthat perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it isthe power of God.

Paul said he would glory in nothing but the cross. What are some of the things we glory in?

Self: The biggest hindrance to serving God is self. Jesus simply asks us to deny ourselves and get lost in Him. In fact it is an absolute requirement for salvation.

Matthew 16: 24 ΒΆ Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.

Possessions: There was a very rich man in scripture who said to his soul, "take thine ease." God had other plans for him. His possessions could do him no good.

Luke 12:20 But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?

Social position, man's wisdom, traditions and philosphy: Our great wisdom and learning, even the ability to go to the moon is utter foolishness with God. In fact, our great knowledge can lead to our own destruction.

1 Corinthians 3:19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.

The highly educated apostle Paul counted all of his learning as nothing. He simply states that the preaching of the cross is our only salvation. Nothing else matters. When we embrace the cross, we embrace the power and wisdom of God.

1 Corinthians 1:18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.
20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
22 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:
23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;
24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.
25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

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