A Short Study of 1st Corinthians 1:22-23

“The Jews require a sign and the Greeks seek after wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified.”
(1st Corinthians 1:22-23)

It is the same today; men want clever preachers, not Christ preachers, reason, not revelation, their minds challenged and not their hearts pricked. The wisdom of this world says, “If you wish to reach the people of this day, you must not be dogmatic; share, discuss, exchange ideas, and counsel people; don’t preach!”

I hear people say, “If you would enlist today’s youth, you must adapt to their lifestyle and their language; pick up the rock beat, use comedy, puppets, and social entertainment; DON’T PREACH TO THEM!”

Others insist that, “If you would win the support and interest of people of education, influence, and wealth, you must curb your Calvinism, soften your stand on substitution, and DON’T PREACH CHRIST TO THEM!”

Can you imagine the Apostle Paul compromising with this so-called “wisdom of the world?” NO! His reply to what men require and seek is, “We preach Christ and Him crucified.” I desire to reach, enlist, and minister to young and old, wise and unwise, but not at the expense of God’s glory and truth! “It pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe” (1st Corinthians 1:21); and if depravity offends men’s dignity, revelation offends their wisdom, and substitution offends their pride, SO BE IT!

I find God’s prophets, apostles, and preachers, who have been used of God in past years, to be compassionate men but never compromisers, to be comforters, but never cowards. They were willing to take the offense out of their manners, but never out of their message. They all PREACHED CHRIST AND HIM CRUCIFIED!

Henry Mahan – 1989

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