Without the Spirit at work within a person, there is no comprehension of the power of the cross. God works through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit to open the eyes and hearts of people to his love for them. That’s good news…
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.
13 This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words. 14 The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.
1 Corinthians 1:18, 2:13-14
This will always be the case. For those who live apart from God and have no regard for the things of God, the cross is foolishness. Why would someone willingly be killed on a cross and how could that save other people? It makes no sense. No it doesn’t.
In the eyes of the world, this will not make sense. This is because the message of the cross is a spiritual message. Without the Spirit at work within a person, there is no comprehension of the power of the cross.
The good news is that the Spirit is working. In my own life, the Spirit was active in my life long before I chose to surrender my life to Jesus. Under the influence of the Spirit I started to make life choices to turn from sin even before I chose to follow Jesus fully.
In the book of Ezra, we see similar Spirit-work in the life of Cyrus, King of Persia. Ezra 1:1 offers that, “in order to fulfill the word of the Lord spoken by Jeremiah, the Lord moved the heart of Cyrus king of Persia to make a proclamation…” God worked in the heart of a King who did not follow him to accomplish his will.
God works through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit to open the eyes and hearts of people to his love for them. That’s good news. And it means that the message of the cross can become powerful to those whom you care for through the power and presence of the Holy Spirit.
May that be the case. Today!