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1 Corinthians 2:1-2 (NKJV)
And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God.
For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
Apostle Paul went to Corinth with one purpose. He went to preach the undiluted gospel of Christ Jesus to them.
All Paul preached was Christ and Him crucified. What does this mean?
In Mathew 16:16, it was remarkable when Peter revealed that Jesus was the Christ– the son of the living God. This is the meat and the center of the gospel message. Implicit in this truth is the fact that Jesus is Lord and everyone should submit to Him. This is the gospel that Jesus and His disciples preached even before Jesus died on the cross (Matt 4:23).
The reason the Jews killed Jesus was because of this claim that He is the Son of God. As proof that Jesus and His disciples were not lying about His identity, God raised Jesus from the dead after the third day. This is the reason why today, the preaching of the gospel will always include the fact that Jesus resurrected– it is God’s undeniable proof that Jesus is indeed Lord and Christ.
This was what Paul preached. He preached that Jesus was the Christ, and that He was crucified and resurrected from the dead after the third day. Those who believed this were the ones who were saved.
As Romans 10:9 points out, anyone who truly believes that God raised Jesus from the dead believes that Jesus is Lord (the Messiah, the Christ) because His resurrection is proof that He is Lord.
Go into today remembering that what it means to be a believer is to believe and accept Christ Jesus as Lord. This means you submit to Him and let Him rule your life.
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