For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but it is God’s power to us who are being saved. 1 Corinthians 1:18 HCSB
For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. ESV: English Standard Version
For the message about Christ’s death on the cross is nonsense to those who are being lost; but for us who are being saved it is God’s power. GNT: Good News Translation
You know this verse strikes me as difficult to comprehend at times. Not only does it have a bit of dark mood, as we understand that the man OUTSIDE of Christ and God’s Will will look at the Gospel as foolishness, but also it has this confidence, not arrogance, that those who are in God’s Will are “being saved.”
Wait a minute…. Did that say “being saved?”
Haven’t we all been trusting that we “got saved?”
Paul is describing the process for us here as an ongoing deal. He is describing the power of God’s Word and the power of the cross as something that will continue to be effective for us AS WE ARE BEING SAVED?
How can we miss this? It’s a process… yes, you came to know Christ and you received His gift of eternal life with God but did it stop? NO, NO, NO! We are told in Corinthians that this work is a process. This process is about maintaining, persevering, continuing: all to let the act of Christ going to the cross, becoming our sacrifice, conquering the grave and death, to understand that this work is going to continue until we meet our Lord in person upon our earthly deaths!
IT’S A PROCESS !! Doesn’t that help when the road gets rough, isn’t that refreshing when we stumble and fail? It’s a process bro… we gotta get over ourselves and let the KING be the KING. He knows, He understands, He wants better and better and better for us…
We are STILL commissioned with bringing the gospel to everyone. We will find dead ears, that is dark. We also are commissioned to understand this growth and life, and “being saved” is a process… for ALL OF US!