Not Ashamed – 1 Corinthians 1:23-24

1 Corinthians 1:23-24 ‘But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.’

In Acts 26, we read the account of Paul’s testimony before Festus and Agrippa. Paul had been detained at Caesarea for his testimony. Leading up to this time, what memories he had! In his mind’s eye, he could see all the dear faces of the brethren in the regions of Asia Minor, Greece, and His homeland of Israel. The pain of being separated from these would have been difficult, especially now that he had to appear from time to time before rulers who had not faith, and whose decisions were largely governed by personal advantage and expediency.

The Roman governor Felix trembled with fear at Paul’s message of truth, but left Paul bound. Festus assumed that Paul’s message was foolishness and that Paul himself had gone insane from much learning. Agrippa was almost persuaded to become a Christian, but that was all. Paul, however, was not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, for he knew that it was the power of God unto salvation. He knew the change Christ had wrought in his own soul. (2 Timothy 1:12 ‘…I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.’ Paul knew that his day of vindication would come.

Christian, surely you can see the change that Christ has wrought in your soul. Also, contemplate your faithful brethren, in whose hearts Christ continues to perform his wondrous work. Take courage. Do not be dismayed, though the princes of this world should sit and speak against you. Let your delight be in the Lord of your soul, who stands by you through all their contradictions. Let His Word be the joy and rejoicing of your heart! Surely you have seen for yourself that apart from Christ you have no wisdom or power. The world cannot recognise the wisdom and power of God in Christ, and so it shall seek to turn your glory into shame. But we who believe have the witness in ourselves, which is Christ in you – Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.

Pastor James West

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