The preaching of the Cross

1 Cor 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.


As with most things of God, the preaching of the Cross is so high above that which the natural man can grasp, they consider it foolishness. Yet “unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” It is a strange dichotomy, that some will think of such a thing as so high, and others will think it so low. There is room for an enlightened but unconverted crowd in the middle to whom the preaching of the Cross is neither entire foolishness nor yet actual power, but the intent of the verse is to emphasize the polar opposite of value of the Cross between those who are saved and those who are lost. These two groups are diametrically opposed in their thinking with regards to the cross of Christ. The question is why?


The answer is that through the fall, man became entirely opposed to God. Were it not that God pursued man, the Cross would have remained as foolishness to us all. But God is faithful, and in His pursuit of man through enlightening, convicting of sin, of unrighteousness and of judgment to come, He brings many to the Cross, thereby reconciling them to Himself. One simply cannot see the beauty of the Cross until they have been brought to nothing in and of themselves, but it is this bringing to nothing that the natural man is so hostile towards, it is that he cannot see himself as nothing which in turn causes him to oppose the very preaching meant to do him good! Preaching can happen till one is blue in the face with nary a conversion, but let the Holy Spirit move upon a person in resurrection power, and conversion can happen without preaching. At other times, God is pleased to use “the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.” The question that arises at this point is, with such a stout reaction of opposition to the Cross by the natural man, how then  is the great divide from lost to saved, to be crossed? (No pun intended)


The answer is that it is simply a work of God, and the highest work of God, to bring a lost sinner to the Cross to be reconciled to Himself. He must tear down that which man trusts, making way for man to trust the work of redemption done by Christ on the Cross. Those who trust much in themselves must have much torn down, and those who trust little in themselves must have little torn down. This is why the thieves, drunkards, murderers, and harlots of the world are brought into the kingdom of God before those who are considered respectable, they have learned to trust much less of self making way for more trust of Christ. The sooner we all learn that, the better!


God may use human means to bring about particular circumstances, but ALL the glory for the salvation of souls belongs to God alone. We may rejoice at the news of another soul brought into right fellowship with God through Christ, but ALL glory in the matter belongs to the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. This deferring of ALL glory from self to God in all things, is what makes the natural man reel at the thought of the Cross. It diminishes who he is in his own mind, and because of this he will prefer to consider the Cross to be foolishness rather than be saved by it.


There is power in the cross of Christ, power to “deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” Far from being foolishness, there is power to save you for eternity, and power to keep you eternally saved!


1 Cor 15:55-57 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.


If you haven’t already, will you go to the Cross of calvary and cast ALL your hope on Christ today?

8 Responses to “The preaching of the Cross”

  1. Jean says:

    The preaching of the cross is indeed foolishness to them that are perishing. But we should never be discouraged or get ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ our Lord. There is power in the cross of Christ!

  2. Lee says:

    That is the difficulty of being a preacher, and reminds me of this quote.

    “For religious progress is always accompanied by a higher insight that can never be described satisfactorily to persons without the same experience”

    This way, men can’t glory in bringing others to salvation.

  3. JD says:

    After reading through multiple posts I have had much time to reflect prior to commenting. Living the “religious life” is not for me. In no way shape or form does God want his children living on this earth feeling ashamed or like a piece of trash. The way a lot of the people talk on this website they are so humbled to God which is a great thing, but does that mean you go through everyday feeling wrong insignificant in the Lords shadow. No live your life with good intentions and have a relationship with God. Talk to him everyday not only Sunday. Be on this earth and have a good time live a full life not one of hate, humility, and disappointment or the feeling of continually letting someone down. I 100% truly believe this is not what God wanted for us. I am not perfect I realize that. This is my belief and I don’t see how it makes me less correct then any of the people on this site. The truth of the matter is not one person on this site can say they are 100% correct in their beliefs.

    “Now, God, who sees through all deceptions, knows that there is no goodness whatever in us. He says that “there is none righteous, no not one.” He knows that “all our righteousness’s are as filthy rags,” and, therefore the Lord Jesus did not come into the world to look after goodness and righteousness with him, and to bestow them upon persons who have none of them. He comes, not because we are just, but to make us so: he justifieth the ungodly.”

    Maybe I am ignorant to the scripture and that’s fine, but after reading some posts I see that the biggest problem is….you all think you are right. I know I’m not. I am a dog with a bone and I will run with what I got.

  4. Lee says:

    Why not just come down to my office and discuss it ……Dave?

  5. Jean says:

    Hi JD. I commend your honesty. I was witnessing to a woman the other weekend who asked me, How do you know your way is right? Honestly I didnt know what to say, All I managed to say to her was, The Lord Jesus said He is the ONLY way, there is no other way to Heaven.

    I am wrong in many things, but I was assured that my answer was RIGHT, Becuase I told her what the Lord Jesus said, not my words. We can never go wrong when we BELIEVE what God says…We all get things wrong, we dont know anything, but what God requires of us is that we trust in Him. The greatest evil is not to trust God. We can argue about doctrine and this and that, but at the end of the day, what really matters is do we TRUST God.

  6. Tenisha says:

    Awesome post!!

  7. White Stone says:

    Dear Jean,

    “I am wrong in many things, but I was assured that my answer was RIGHT, Becuase I told her what the Lord Jesus said, not my words.”

    Amen. That is a perfect statement and brings me joy.

    Another fine post. One of the best yet, for me.
    Hello JD,

    Glad to have you on the forum.

    Kind regards to all,
    white stone

  8. Lee says:

    Thanks sister(s)!

    Yes, Jean certainly hit it right on the nose!

    I sure hope JD sticks around….