The Simplicity of the Gospel
1 Corinthians 1:18-31

The message of the gospel is simple. It is the message of Christ, Crucified for our sins, raised from the dead for our justification. This message gives salvation to those who believe. It is so simple yet profound. Jesus was crucified for your sins and was raised so that you can be justified before God. You have nothing to offer to receive this salvation other than to believe.

The Jews and the Greeks could not believe that salvation is this simple. Verse 22 and 23 says the Jews are looking for a sign while the Greeks seek after wisdom. Their situation is similar to the situation today towards the simplicity of the gospel. Many people are no longer satisfied with the simple gospel. Some are seeking for signs, wonders and miracles while some are seeking for messages that touch their intellect; teachings that speak of wisdom. It is not unusual to see pastors teaching high sounding intellectual messages to meet the demands of today’s Greeks who seek after wisdom. Where the message does not sound trending, it is considered foolishness; too basic, not meeting the challenges of today’s world.

Yet the gospel is very simple. God chose to save those who believe, through the foolishness of the gospel.

Those who sought for a sign remained unsaved. The simple gospel became a stumbling block – too simple to follow, too simple to believe. Where they sought after wisdom and high sounding teachings, the simple gospel became foolishness.

What is your own perspective and how does the simple gospel sound to you?

A major decision you must make today is that the gospel must not become too simple to you; that it must not become casualized and must never lose its effect in your life.

1 Corinthians 1:18 NKJV
[18] For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.