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A Sermon on 1 Corinthians 1:22-24

For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. (ESV)

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How are we to think about the Christian faith and message? Listen as Paul makes this clear in 1 Corinthians 1:22-24. A message that man never expects or desires. The cross cannot be removed from this message, yet it is a stumbling block to many! Men think they know what they need and are still looking for a sign, but God gave us a message. It is impossible for man to know the truth about himself while he is in sin. Man’s whole world revolves around his relationship to God. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones preaches that man not only needs help, but he needs complete deliverance. The preaching of the cross is an offense to men. Why does man resent the cross? Due to the implications, this message is offensive by nature. What does it tell us about sin? It denounced everything hitherto which man relied upon. Man is proud and self confident, but listen and learn that even the wisest of men cannot stand before God justly. The blood of Christ is required. This is the Christian message and there is no other. Christ came to die — this is God’s way of salvation, the everlasting Gospel. Believe it and be found in Him! 


Additional Scripture Translations

1 Corinthians 1:22-24, New American Standard Bible

22For indeed Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom; 23but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block, and to Gentiles foolishness, 24but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.

1 Corinthians 1:22-24, King James Version

22For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: 23But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; 24But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.


About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.