substance of the Gospel which is the glory of God in the face of Jesus
Christ and the manner in which it is revealed and the reason it is
AIM: That we,
as believers, might ever reflect on the glorious revelation within and
that we might ever be pressing the necessity of the Gospel on all who
INTR: So much
of precious Gospel truth in this epistle is elicited as a defense of the
Apostolic ministry of the Paul. It is here that he forcefully declares
again the miraculous message of the Gospel and the miraculous manner in
which it is revealed.
1. There was in Corinth as there has been in
all ages those who object to the Gospel and the Christ of the Gospel
simply because they do not do not understand it in human terms.
course the lingering effects of paganism remained and along with that
the mystical thinking of some who thought Paul was hiding things or
manipulating the scriptures in order to deceive.
3. Paul is a most
excellent example of boldness in the Gospel and there was no hint of
deceit in what he had and was preaching to them. Deception about the
Gospel is satanic!
receiving of the Gospel is not a mere acquisition of facts about God and
His Son. The Gospel is a glorious revelation in those who know it. It is
eternal light and life in the person of Christ whereby we are able to
see God and to know of His infinite person and His engagement to save
His people from their sins.
I. The Gospel is hidden to the
perishing (vv. 3-4)
1. The word here is more than the idea of being a
non-Christian – it speaks of perishing.
2. While there is
understanding of words and phrases and the message may be articulated it
simply does not register as a claim upon the unsaved.
implication is that they are hearing in a human frame of reference and
is not for them.
2) The sad fact is that they both will not and
cannot move to their own salvation.
3. The god of this world, who he
is, what he does, and why he does it.
1) Satan opposes every truly
Spiritual act in that all such points to Christ whom he hates
will engage the mind of men in any way possible to distract attention
from the Gospel
3) In Christ the very image of God is seen and such a
view kills all hope in self and subjects one to His mercy.
4) It is
“of the glorious Gospel,” it is “of Christ” and the image is “of God”
and the god of this world cannot combat such a revelation.
and the delusion of free will conspire to prevent that glorious light!
II. The Gospel focus is Christ (v. 5)
1. All true Gospel
ministers align with Paul in that there is no self-promotion as the
manner of some was then and we know that it is so now.
1) They are
about promoting their ministries and programs often to great profit.
2) They tend to create the circumstance that will appeal to a human
sense of worth and satisfaction.
2. Paul’s message was all about
Christ and declared Him and the salvation that is Him alone.
preached the Word which was Christ
2) He preached the message of
inspired witnesses to the resurrection of Christ
3) And He preached
that which he had personally witnessed!
4) All were in agreement as
to what was needed and what was done that men might be saved: 3 For I
delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that
Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4 And that he was
buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the
scriptures: 1 Corinthians 15:3-4
3. His estimation of himself was
that of a servant for Jesus’ sake.
III. The Gospel is a glorious
manifestation of Christ (v. 6)
1. God is the Gospel and that is
evident from the beginning!
2. It seems there is a distinct reference
here to initial work of creation: And God said, Let there be light: and
there was light. Genesis 1:3
1) The thought elsewhere is referenced
thusly: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath
translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: Colossians 1:13
And, But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation,
a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath
called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: 1 Peter 2:9.
It is God who creates and re-creates! It is He who shines in our hearts
1) Thus enabling the sight of who Jesus is and what He has done
provide a proper comparison that we might know or our infinite need of
3) To be completely consumed by the sight of Him in whose face
is seen the glory of God.
4) Thus making salvation completely
centered in Christ our Lord.
4. A further thought is that we are
enabled by this to give the light of the knowledge of the Gory of God as
we preach Christ to others – “ye are the light of the world!”