The 18th to 31st verses of the 1 Corinthians 1 chapter give a deep insight into the strength and power of God. The Bible passage states: “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:18) Paul talks about God being powerful enough that even though people may think what he says and does is ridiculous, he has enough wisdom and strength to save those who believe in him.
Paul speaks against those with a worldly mindset; telling them that their wisdom is limited and that their knowledge only gets them so far because they don’t understand how powerful God truly is. He goes on to say that both Jews and Greeks alike have access to this same power — through Jesus. Furthermore, anyone can be saved by believing in Him which means nobody can boast of being more special or privileged than anyone else. The ultimate lesson here is that, although looks, wealth, status all matter in this world, none of these things will save you spiritually. That can only come from believing in Jesus as your one true savior.
Meaning for Today
As we look at our current times we can see just how much comfort and fulfillment people seek through worldly pursuits such as money, status, etc. This bible passage serves as a reminder that nothing but faith in Jesus Christ can bring us true salvation and peace. It’s easy for us to get caught up on what other people think about us or try to compare ourselves to others instead of focusing on our relationship with God, but this Bible passage provides an important reminder for us today; our faith needs to come first before anything else if we want true spiritual liberation from our sins.
Questions for Personal Reflection
As we reflect upon this Bible passage some questions come to mind:
- Are there any areas of my life where I have been putting too much focus on worldly pursuits instead of putting my faith first?
- Am I willing to humble myself and accept God’s love even if it seems foolish or ridiculous in the eyes of others?
- How strong is my belief in Jesus’ power over sin and redemption?
Heavenly Father, thank you for your word today reminding us of your amazing grace and power over all things in this world including humility and repentance which carries so much weight when it comes to being reconciled with you. Give us strength as we recognize our faults and sins so that we may more fully put our trust and hope you alone for salvation from them all! Amen