God’s Work on the Cross
Bible Text: I Corinthians 1:18-25 | Speaker: Pastor James Zaebst | I Corinthians 1:18: To the lost, the notion that Christ’s death reconciles us to God is pure foolishness. But the saved understand it is simply God’s way of saving those that are lost.
I Corinthians 1:19-21: God has His own way of doing things. He does not ask for advice (Isaiah 29:14 and 40:13).
I Corinthians 1:22-25: People look for something complicated and complex (religion), but God gave us a Simple Gospel to share. The Gospel is simply the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ on the cross (I Corinthians 15:1-4). It is truly that simple.
God’s reaction to sin is always the shedding of blood (Genesis 3:5-7 and 3:21). We are all sinners (Romans 3:23), and the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). When someone sins, something has to die. The life is in the blood (Genesis 9:4). God refuses anything other than blood atonement for sin (Genesis 4:1-7).
God designated blood and only blood sacrifice as His divine way of paying the penalty for sin (Leviticus 17:11). Without the shedding of blood there is no remission (salvation) (Hebrews 9:22). Faith in Christ’s shed blood is the only way we can have forgiveness for our sins (Romans 3:25, Ephesians 1:7, and Colossians 1:14).
Christ’s work on the cross, shedding His blood, was a once-for-all, eternal, everlasting sacrifice that fully paid the penalty for our sins (Hebrews 10:10-14).