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I trust in the all-sufficient cross of Christ alone

I have started to read Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians again. This is a letter filled with divine revelation and insight. Paul is starting by telling that he has been divinely appointed according to the plan of God. The letter is addressed to the community of God throughout the city of Corinth, and to the people of God everywhere. He is writing that we have been made pure and set apart in the Anointed One. We have been invited to be God’s devoted and holy people.

God is forever faithful. We can trust him to keep us steady and strong to the end, making our character mature for his glory. God has called us into friendship with himself. He has invited us to co-share the life of his Son, Jesus Christ our King.

In the first chapter Paul is focusing on the message of the cross. He declared the message of the cross with great boldness. Even though the Jews and the Greeks find it a message of foolishness or sheer nonsense, he preached the message of the cross with confidence. For us who are on our way to salvation, it is the mighty power of God released within us.

In his wisdom God designed that all the world’s wisdom would be insufficient to lead people to the discovery of himself. He took great delight in baffling the wisdom of the world by using the simplicity of preaching the story of the cross in order to save those who believe it. Therefore Paul is saying that he trust in the all-sufficient cross of Christ only. He preached the crucified Messiah, who is God’s mighty power and God’s true wisdom.

Paul is rejecting the wisdom of this world. He preaches the message of the cross stripped of all philosophical arguments that that empty the cross of its true power. He is not trying to impress people with eloquent speech and lofty wisdom. He is consumed with one topic – Jesus, the crucified Messiah.

I am glad and thankful that I can say with Paul: “I trust in the all-sufficient cross of Christ alone!” (1 Cor 1,17 TPL). My faith or my salvation does not rest on my effort or my wisdom. My faith is established only on the finished work of Christ on the cross. He died for me. He carried my sins upon himself to the cross. He suffered for me. He suffered my punishment. Only because of the redemption Christ won on the cross I am set free from condemnation. The cross of Christ is all-sufficient for me – and all those who trust in him.

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