Paul Preached the Cross

  First Corinthians 1: 23, "But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling block, and unto the Greeks foolishness..." First Corinthians 2: 2, "For I determined not to know anything among you save Jesus Christ and him crucified."

  The Jews gloried in signs, usually of their own selection and naming. Unless they approved the sign they would disapprove of Jesus whose identity was confirmed before them. The Gentiles refused Christ because He did not meet their predetermined standards of worldly wisdom and reason, things in which they gloried.

  Paul said, "But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world" (Galatians 6: 14). Christians are not offended by the cross but accept it as "the power of God and wisdom of God" (First Corinthians 1: 24).