1 Corinthians 2:1–2: Spiritual Determination

1 Corinthians 2:1–2 “And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.”

There is in Paris a famous picture by Zwiller called “The First Night Outside Paradise.”

In it, Adam and Eve, our first parents, have been driven out of the Garden of Eden and are preparing to spend the first night in the desert beyond. In the distance can be discerned the figure of the angel with the flaming sword, but the eyes of the exiles are not fixed on him.

They are gazing far above his head, and there, outlined in light—faint, but unmistakable—the artist has painted across. In wondering awe their gaze is fastened on it.

In our scripture for today, Paul the Apostle was writing to the church in Corinth. In his letter, he spoke of spiritual determination. He was determined to keep Christ and his sacrificial death on the cross, in the forefront of his attention.

There are plenty of other things for men to focus on, like work, sports, hobbies, and women. That is the pretty typical list. But biblical men lift their hearts and minds much higher than such things.

Biblical men look beyond the carnal things of low degree, and with determination, they keep the cross of Christ always within their spiritual sight, and in their heart.

Today’s Biblical Principle: Determine to keep your heart and mind fixed on Jesus.

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