1 Corinthians 1:18-31
“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…”
I was recently reminded how foolish the message of the Gospel is to those who have not been regenerated by the Holy Spirit. Why would you believe in a God that would send his son into the world as “the word became flesh?” (John 1:14). Why would this Son of God be able to calm storms (Luke 8:22-25) and rebuking demons (Mark 9:14-29), yet remain nailed to the cross? Why did he hang there being mocked? Yet for some reason, believing in Christ’s death and resurrection would bring salvation for those who would repent for their self-righteousness and rebelliousness.
This is the most unpragmatic message ever. Where is the 5 steps of becoming a better person? Where is the secret of overcoming our sins? Where is the money and fun in all this? How does this make my life better?
For some reason, this is the message that God chose to communicate to his people for the forgiveness of sins. Indeed, it is a foolish message for those who don’t believe. That’s why this message doesn’t need an apologetic method that will blow people’s minds and destroy arguments (1 Cor. 1:20). The message of the Gospel in and of itself is enough to bring life for those with hardened hearts. Why else would Paul preach it?
In the end of it all, everyone is a fool. For those who believe in this foolish message, we are fools to the world. For those who don’t believe are fools to God. As Tim Keller would put it; “Whose fool are you?”