The author of this morning’s devotional offers a stern lesson reminding me of the criticality of Christ’s cross and resurrection. He bases his teaching partly on 2 Cor. 2:2: For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. In dealing with this verse and similar ones, it is critical to understand why Jesus Christ was crucified. If I decided firmly to not know anything except one thing, then it’s critical that I understand why I believe this one thing.
I know that we are not saved by theology but if I believe Christ died for a God-imposed penalty, I relate to God as Judge. If I believe Christ died for human-imposed consequences of sin, however, then I relate to God differently as my Deliverer through Christ. I don’t know whether this matters to others but it certainly matters to me and how I share my faith.
Therefore, I need to heed the author’s reminder to focus on Christ’s call to lift him up so that he can draw all people to himself (John 12:32); but I also need to be careful to convict people of sin not for fear of God’s punishment but for the need for deliverance from sin and empowerment to love.