Watering the Tulips
September 25, 2013
“For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified” – 1 Corinthians 2:2
This is to be our primary message today. If ever this ceases to be the foundation of our sermons and services, we have missed the mark. Plainly, Paul said, “For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 3:11). In all that we do, Christ is to be the foundation. Until a person knows Christ for Who He is…until they trust Him alone as Savior…nothing else really matters.
It can be so easy to go out into the world to share whatever our “pet doctrine” is. But, this is not our mission. Now certainly, I do not mean to say that the Bible doesn’t contain many truths on various subjects. It certainly does. And therefore, these things are important and should be preached in church capacity so the children of God are built up. But even then, Christ must always remain the focus. It really matters little what doctrine we point to. If it takes the preeminence over Christ, we are looking at it wrong.
The Bible is a book about Jesus. Sure, there are other subjects in the Bible. But, He is the Theme from start to finish. He is the “Seed of the woman” (Genesis 3:15) and He is the everlasting King (Revelation 19-22). The Bible presents the shortcomings and rebellion of a sinful race. It clearly shows God as the Righteous Sovereign Who will soon judge the descendants of Adam. And clearly, Christ is the only Way of escape.
Baptism pictures His death, burial and resurrection. The Lord’s Supper reminds us of His broken body and shed blood. The songs we sing should praise Him for dying for our sins. The prayers we pray are only possible because He alone is our Mediator (1 Timothy 2:5). Even in sermons preached on other subjects, Christ should always clearly be the underlying Theme.
Paul’s primary meaning in the passage before us today concerns missionary work. As we go into the world, the Gospel is to be our primary message. Christ clearly commissioned the Gospel to be preached first (Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15). Those that believe are then taught other things. But first, a person must know Christ. This is the example we see in the early churches. And, they had great success doing things as God instructed…as He worked through them, of course.
Children of God, let us ever seek to follow the Lord’s instruction. There is a lost and dying world out there that needs Christ whether they ever know it or not. Let us carry forth that message as we’ve been instructed to…as the early churches did…as Jesus did.
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