The Tomb and the Cross 1 Corinthians 1:18

The Tomb Implies Death; Death Means the Cross

 1 Corinthians 1:18

1.Those who embrace the cross are eternally safe

a)The concept of being saved - sw,|zw

a.This is the opposite of “perishing”. The root concept is “rescue”

b.Both a temporal sense from the river or a fire, or danger and an eternal sense as from damnation, or hell, or self. 

b)The reality of being saved - it is that we are rescued from something: (contrast with those who are perishing). Ultimately it is eternal torment in hell separated from God.

2.Those who embrace the cross recognize it as  the power of God

a)The equation idea – same as above – “power” is a predicate nominative – “word of the cross” = power of God. This is in direct contrast to “foolishness.”

b)The concept of God’s power - du,namij

a.Only God’s power can save (“of God”- subjective genitive = that God produces) 

ïNot human endeavor, genius, benevolence, compassion, family status, economic resources, religion - Acts 4:12

b.The reference is to God’s ability 

ïIn the Greek world a “power” was a cosmic force – a “dynamic” = that which gives anything meaning

ïV 23-24 tells us that Christ is the power of God!

ïThe obvious question is, “what does God’s power accomplish”?

ïHe has creative powers – creation (Gen 1); he has preserving powers – laws of nature by which all things hold together (Col 1); he has controlling power - history fulfills his plan Rom 8

ïBut the power that is supreme is his ability to save! That is the focus here. Rom 1:16