“For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” (1 Cor. 2:2)
From The Christian Life in the Danger Zone
An insightful theological lesson for Christians today looking back in hindsight is that God takes the complexity and the depth of the issues of carnal mindedness and worldly conventional thinking and condenses the rejection of Jesus Christ into the simplicity of the cross. The message of taking up our cross, of entering in at the narrow gate, and of walking in the Spirit according to a God-composed journey of faith (Rom. 12:2), is too complicated to take out into the first-century Greco-Roman world and too complicated for our modern culture today. But when expressed in terms of the simplicity of the cross and the resurrection, all of the issues involved in the wide gulf between being carnally minded and being spiritually minded coalesce into the easily understandable gospel message built upon faith, belief, salvation, and hope (Rom. 6:4).
Acts 13:27 reads: “For they that dwell at Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they knew him not, nor yet the voices of the prophets which are read every sabbath day, they have fulfilled them in condemning him.” Their vision was so horizontally focused and directed they could not recognize the limitless potential of the divinity of Jesus Christ of Nazareth for their own lives and for the nation of Israel (1 Cor. 2:6-8).
This is why in the area of motivation it is imperative that Spirit-born Christians take up their cross and “enter in at the narrow gate” (Mt. 7:13) of our God-composed adventure of faith. Every Spirit-born Christian is in the narrow gate and no longer on the broad road to destruction. The new covenant promise of God is that all believers will know Him from the least to the greatest (Jer. 31:31-34). The way of the cross in a journey of faith is the God ordained route to rise above worldly conventional thinking and into the realm where all things are possible with God.