February 5, 2017

 

1 Cor 2:1-12 (13-16)

Mt 5:13-20

 

 

We know that Jesus said that it is hard for a rich person to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven, and by this we understand that he was referring to a person with financial wealth or possessions. When we are poor we know that we need outside help, but when we become rich we start to think that we do not need God’s help. We’ll do it on our own. But it also applies to other kind of riches. It could equally be applied to those who are clever or smart, highly educated, or sophisticated.  Paul, in 1 Corinthians, made a point of emphasizing that his preaching did not rely on oratory, sophisticated ideas, or high levels of academic attainment. The converting power was of God. “I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.” Mind you, by any assessment Paul was a very astute theologian, a pioneer in thought and a very capable speaker, but he sought to emphasize that it was not his theological capability, his ingenuity of thought, nor his oratorical ability that convinced people of the Gospel. It was God’s power, not human abilities or wisdom. We, too, need to be reminded that no matter how skilful we in the church are at debating issues, how eminent our leaders may be in scholarship, how sophisticated our programs and policies may be, it is by the presence and power of God’s Spirit that the Gospel makes its impact upon the heart and minds of people.  To lose this is to become salt devoid of salty taste or a light bulb hidden in a wooden box. It is not smart to lose the simplicity of the Gospel or to ignore our dependence on God’s Spirit in communicating the message.

 

  • Why is it hard for clever people to enter the kingdom of heaven?
  • How can education serve Christ and how can it be a hindrance to serving Christ?
  • 1 Corinthians 2:12 says, “Now we have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit that is from God.” What is the difference between these two spirits?
  • How much does you faith rest on human wisdom and how much on the power of God?