Though the cross is foolishness to unbelieving men (1 Cor. 1:18ff), it is the power and wisdom of God for those who believe (1:18, 21ff). Men look at the cross and ridicule it and shame and despise it. “How might anything good come from a cross?” they mockingly question. Yet the believer understands that there is exaltation in the midst of the humility. And he loves the cross that the world reviles.
Yet as Paul notes in 1 Corinthians 2, the believer doesn’t only love the cross. The cross shapes his life and his ministry. There are implications of the cross for how we will live for and serve the Lord.
- Since we believe in the cross, it will change the way we preach (1 Cor. 2:1).
- Since we believe in the cross, we will want only to exalt Christ in our ministry (1 Cor. 2:2).
- Since we believe in the cross, it will change the way we think about ourselves when we minister (1 Cor. 2:2-3).
- Since we believe in the cross, we will want to rest in the Spirit’s power and not our own wisdom and words (1 Cor. 2:4).
- Since we believe in the cross, we will exalt Christ so that those we serve will only trust in God’s power (1 Cor. 2:5).