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THE CROSS OF CHRIST (2 of 2)
Jesse M. Hendley
I Corinthians 1:18
Not Only Preacher, But Also Hearer
There is another weakness in the cross---not only in
the preacher, but also in the hearer. Unbelief in
the hearer can keep the cross from being effectual.
People are saved by believing, having faith in, what
Jesus did for them on the cross, and people are
damned who disbelieve what Jesus did for them on the
cross. UNBELIEF! Such people are perishing,
according to the Word of God.
The Lord speaks in verse 18 here in First
Corinthians 1. "For the preaching of the cross is to
them that are perishing, foolishness; but unto us
who are being saved, it is the power of God."
Certain people are perishing. Why are they per-
ishing? Because they do not believe in Christ and
His work for them. Verse 21. "For after that in the
wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it
pleased God by the foolishness of preaching (the
proclamation, the announcement of the crucified
Christ dying in our place) to save them that
Who are the saved? People who believe God's message
about the cross! Who are the perishing? Those who do
not believe. The person who does not believe with
all his heart in Jesus Christ, believe God's Word
about Christ, that on the cross Christ died for his
sins, taking his sin, death, judgment and hell in
his place, and turns away from Jesus and does not
accept Jesus dying on that cross for his sins but
trusts his own goodness or trusts somebody or some-
thing else, something other than Jesus, IS
PERISHING. Literally, "continually perishing."
People then who do not believe, render the cross "of
no effect, empty of its power to save, make it
vain." Christ died in vain for those who refuse Him.
So then, beloved friends, this is the weakness of
the cross. It is weak in its proclaimers who do not
tell the story in love and in the power of the
Spirit and in its simplicity but try ...
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