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POWER AND WISDOM

The Power and Wisdom of God are revealed in Christ Crucified, not in great miraculous displays or the exercise of political might.

We assume people are drawn to the biblical faith by displays of supernatural power, eloquent speech, ministerial success, and so on. Did not Jesus win the crowds by performing miracles? In fact, most of his contemporaries failed to recognize who he was despite his healing the sick, exorcising demons, and even calming a horrific storm with only a verbal command.

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THE DEATH OF DEATH

The arrival of Jesus at the end of the age will mean resurrection and the termination of the last enemy, death.

When some church members denied the future resurrection, Paul responded by stressing the necessity for bodily resurrection, appealing to the past resurrection of Jesus as the precedent for the resurrection of believers. The saints will be raised from the dead when he “arrives” in glory, signaling the end of death itself – The death of Death.

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TRUE SPIRITUALITY

The spiritually-minded man understands that Christ Crucified is God’s true power and wisdom1 Corinthians 2:14.

Overused today, the English term ‘spiritual’ is virtually meaningless. To some, it is synonymous with religion. To be religious is to be spiritual. To others, it refers to things that are not of this physical universe, to things and beings that are supernatural, otherworldly, immaterial, invisible, and timeless.

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ORDER OF FINAL EVENTS

In explaining the future resurrection, Paul lists the key events that will precede or coincide with the arrival of Jesus1 Corinthians 15:20-28.

In his first letter to Corinth, Paul outlined the events that will occur at the “arrival” or ‘parousia’ of Jesus, one of several Greek terms applied by Paul to his “coming.” Regardless of which term he used, he always spoke of one “coming,” “revelation,” or “appearance” of Jesus at the end of the age.

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