February 17 A Firm Foundation

Scripture reading: 1 Corinthians 2:1–5

Key verse: 1 Corinthians 2:7

We speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory.

The people of Corinth were proud intellectuals. They loved to debate, philosophize, and speculate, depending on their human reasoning to work through problems and understand their world. It wasn’t long before this cultural emphasis carried over into the church.

Paul didn’t waste any time using the human arguments they were used to hearing. Instead, he said, “[I] did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom … For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified” (1 Cor. 2:1–2).

Jesus is the foundation of our faith. He is the one foundation. Through Jesus alone, we are cleansed from sin, reconciled to and adopted by God. The Word of God is the foundation of our beliefs.

Have you been sidetracked by minor issues? Are your relationship with Jesus and conformity to His Word your top priorities? Faith that relies solely on Christ and His Word makes you stable, secure, discerning.

Make me stable, secure, and discerning, Lord, as I rely solely upon Your Word. I want to know nothing except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 50). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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