Surely, at times, we all feel like the Corinthian church; we have more problems than answers, and even the things we try to do to help our faith and our church divide us. We deal with sin on a daily basis, that of others and our own! How we deal with sin in our lives, in our church, and in the world around us depends upon our understanding of the gospel message of Jesus Christ.
If our faith leaves us only with our own human wisdom and effort, then our faith leaves us powerless against the power of sin, which is the law (1 Cor 15:56). Law condemns sin, offers no justification or righteousness to the lawbreaker (Acts 13:39; Gal 2:21). This kind of faith will leave us divided and powerless. Paul wrote the church in Corinth a letter, 1 Corinthians, to guide them back to the basis of their faith in order to overcome ALL of their problems. In this letter he reminds them of their Savior, and the particular gospel message that binds them to Him!
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. . . . For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength. . . . When I came to you, brothers, I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. 2 For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 3 I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling. 4 My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, 5 so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power (1 Cor 1:18, 25; 2:1–5 NIV).
What is the message you hear from God, as you deal with sin? What message do you tell yourself, as you struggle to overcome the power of sin in your life? The gospel message of Jesus Christ is God’s power to save you from sin (Rom 1:16); hear it, believe it, obey it, today!