In the first three chapters of 1st Corinthians, the Apostle Paul makes it clear that the cross is the power and wisdom of God. In chapter two he says, “I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.”(1 Corinthians 2:2 NIV)
Paul also tells the Corinthians that it is the Holy Spirit that reveals this wisdom to them. Carnal people find wisdom in eloquent words and the worldly wisdom of men, but Paul minimizes words and wisdom in order to emphasis that Jesus’ crucifixion is the true power of God.
Man has a propensity to follow man and lose sight of God. In chapters one and three, Paul writes a word of correction by reminding them that he has heard that, “One of you says, ‘I follow Paul;’ another, ‘I follow Apollos;’ another, ‘I follow Cephas;’ and still another, ‘I follow Christ.’ (1 Corinthians 1:12 NIV) He corrects them by asking some questions: Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized in the name of Paul? (1 Corinthians 1:13 NIV) The obvious answer to all of these is, “no.”
Spiritual people will keep ministers of the gospel in proper perspective by keeping Jesus and what He accomplished on the cross the center of their faith. Too often today when leaders of churches sin, people under their care have a crisis of faith, because, like the Corinthians, they were following men rather than God. Paul’s purpose in this letter is to guide the Corinthians to be true Holy Spirit-filled people by keeping Jesus as the head of His church and all the other body parts in their proper place.
I would like to challenge you to keep Jesus in His proper place as Head of the church. Spirit-filled Christians with Jesus in His proper place will endure all of life’s storms because their head (Jesus) is perfect.