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The Very Power of God

“For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.”1 Corinthians 1:18

Sung in Long Meter (L.M.), to the tune of “Woodworth” or “Old One Hundreth.” Familiar hymns sung to Woodworth and Old One Hundreth are “Just as I Am” and “Doxology” respectively.

The Very Power of God by Jon Cardwell L.M. 8.8.8.8 To preach of Christ’s atoning death Is foolishness to those condemn’d; Yet unto us whom God hath sav’d Christ’s cross, the very pow’r of God! Carnal wisdom will God destroy As it is written in His Word; He’ll bring to naught their prudent view And humble all their logic too. Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where are contentious worldly ones? Has God not made them all like fools, Because their wisdom’s of the world? Offensive to religious ones And foolish to great intellect; The preaching of the cross of Christ; The truth that’s scoff’d and ridicul’d. Christ th’ crucifi’d Savior and King When preach’d the call’d respond to God; Wheth’r Jew or Greek or who you are Christ’s cross, the very pow’r of God! Wisdom of men cannot compare With th’ least of God’s most minor thoughts; Men’s strength is most frail to Him— Christ’s cross, the very pow’r of God! Not many wise or mighty’re call’d Neither are men of noble birth; Th’ weak and fools confound the wise— Christ’s cross, the very pow’r of God!

Unashamed of the Gospel

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”Romans 1:16

Preaching Christ CrucifiedThere’s an old joke that went something like this: A man went for an annual check-up with his doctor and went through all kinds of tests. The Dr. told him, “We’ve got good news and bad news. First, the good news: you don’t have cancer.”

“What’s the bad news?” the patient asks.

“The bad news is that we’re going to name a disease after you.”

The joke is a joke because it has an ironic punch line. Good news, then bad news.

The world today says that they don’t want bad news. Marketing strategies today are, for the most part, made up of only good news. “Have I got a deal for you!” “Hey, it’s a win-win situation!” “You’re asking, ‘what’s in it for me?’ and I’m going to tell you exactly what’s in it for you…” and so forth and so on. There’s never any bad news.

Evangelical Christianity in America today has rushed to adopt that in the past 20 years, and in the past decade especially. From the pulpit this is preached: “Let me tell you the good news!” …and there’s never any bad news. It’s just all good. In fact, many congregations throughout the United States today even boast that this is how they approach the gospel; that this is how they approach public worship; that market-driven techniques are the methodology they use to grow the mega-churches. But, folks, that is not the approach the Scriptures reveal concerning the gospel and its proclamation.

Gospel is a word that means “good news” and there’s a reason why it’s good news. Certainly, there is a benefit for the recipient of the good news; nevertheless, the good news revealed from the pages of Scripture comes by the revelation of the truth that there is some exceptionally bad news first. The bad news is what makes the good news so good… and both truths come by revelation; that is, it is revealed supernaturally by God’s Spirit through the proclamation of His Word. The Gospel presentation, the good news, is not the gospel unless the wrath of God is revealed against sin, and that God’s wrath against sin is dealt with sufficiently so that the sinner can stand justified before a holy God. If it does not contain the wrath of God, it is not the gospel. The central point of the gospel is the Cross of Jesus Christ, where God pours out His holy wrath upon His Son as a propitiation for sin. If you remove that, you…

DO… NOT… HAVE… THE… GOSPEL… PERIOD!

Do we bear witness against ourselves that we are ashamed of the Gospel because we do not want to offend anyone by preaching that “the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness” (Romans 1:18)?

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The Destroyer Destroyed

“That through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil.” Hebrews 2:14

“You will not yield, will you?” says the devil “You cannot be tempted! Ah! well,” says he, “if you cannot be drawn aside, I’ll pull you aside. What are you that you should stand against me? A poor puny man! Why, I have made angels fall, and I am not afraid of you. Come on!” And he puts his foot to our foot, and with his dragon yell he frights the echoes till they dare not reply. He lifts his blazing sword, and thinks to smite us to the ground. You know, my brethren, what the shield is that must catch the blow. It is the shield of faith in Christ that died for us. He hurls his darts, but his darts hurt not, for lo, we catch them also on this all-powerful shield, Christ and his cross. So that, let his insinuations be never so direful, the death of Christ has destroyed the devil’s power either to tempt or to destroy. He may be allowed to attempt either the one or the other, but he can be successful in neither. The death of Christ has “destroyed him that had the power of death, that is, the devil.”

―Charles Haddon Spurgeon From the Sermon “The Destroyer Destroyed” Delivered on December 6, 1857 At The Music Hall, Royal Surrey Gardens

Transforming Power of the Cross

Oh, the power, the melting, conquering, transforming power of that dear cross of Christ! My brethren, we have but to abide by the preaching of it, we have but constantly to tell abroad the matchless story, and we may expect to see the most remarkable spiritual results. We need despair of no man now that Jesus has died for sinners. With such a hammer as the doctrine of the cross, the most flinty heart will be broken; and with such a fire as the sweet love of Christ, the most mighty iceberg will be melted. We need never despair for the heathenish or superstitious races of men; if we can but find occasion to bring the doctrine of Christ crucified into contact with their natures, it will yet change them, and Christ will be their king.

Charles H. Spurgeon MTP Vol.15, Sermon No. 860 “Mourning at the Sight of the Crucified” March 14, 1869

The Power of the Holy Spirit

“Spiritual farmer! Sharpen your plough with the Holy Spirit. Spiritual sower! Dip your seed in the Holy Spirit, so it will germinate; and ask the Holy Spirit to give you grace to scatter it, hat it may fall into the right furrows. Spiritual Warrior! Sharpen your sword with the Holy Spirit, and ask the Holy Spirit, whose word is indeed a sword, to strengthen your arm to wield it.”

—Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892)

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