Nothing but the Blood

I’ve always thought it was cool that Paul told the Corinthians that he was determined to know nothing among them but Christ and Him crucified and he told the elders in Ephesus that he was innocent of their blood because he did not shrink from proclaiming to them the whole counsel of God. We must conclude that unless Paul is guilty of the blood of the Corinthians, it is possible to proclaim the whole council of God while knowing nothing but Christ and Him crucified. Think about it. It works out.

Pretty amazing if you think about it. These two passages taken together tell us that every page of the Bible is about Jesus. All good theology, if it is faithful to the message of the Bible is about Jesus. All good preaching comes back to Jesus. In the story of the Bible, in the story of the Church, in the story of our lives, there is Christ and there is the irrelevant.

  1. #1 by Kyia Friesen on July 6, 2007 - 12:50 PM

    In the second paragraph, you said ” all good theology” will point back to Christ. you know…it is occuring to me that all good (and right and true and lovely…) ANYTHING… will point back to the maker of every “Good and perfect” gift! I have seen so often in scripture where even a good day, points to the Savior. A good battle, a good prophesy, a good word, a correction, a rebuke even a good beating will point our earth laden eyes upward, to the author and perfector of our faith. Which happily was the point of your wonderful letter! Praise HIM today! He is worthy!

  2. #2 by G.T. on July 6, 2007 - 3:46 PM

    Kyia, that is so true. Thanks for kicking it up a notch. You help me worship God better. Thanks for your friendship.

  3. #3 by Jason on July 17, 2007 - 12:30 PM

    I’ve been thinking about that some myself today. I was noticing that people interpret Jesus’ ideas any way they wish, but they rarely ever consider that He died and then rose again. People oftentimes talk about His “great ideas” of “love and kindness,” with no mention of the cross and resurrection. But if Jesus really did suffer, die, and rise again (to which hundreds of witnesses testified), then that changes everything. So it’s not that nothing else matters in faith and religion (like some Christians say), but rather that everything else is transformed by that one event – transformed in substance, purpose, and importance, becoming important in ways we would have never considered. And when it comes to the sanctified life, we don’t just grit our teeth and do them, or wait for some reward later – we do them because we are crucified with Christ, so we are dead to questions that the world asks, like “Do I have to?” Instead, we recognize that the only life there is with any meaning, seeing how Christ has died to this world and risen beyond death’s control, is a life lived as God would desire, living in Christ Jesus rather than on our own. We have nothing on our own; but, in Christ, we have everything, including a reason for living, and a purpose beyond ourselves and the triviality we have without Christ.

  4. #4 by ska ska ska on September 20, 2007 - 5:11 PM

    perks whattup dawg ! lol !
    from the first 2 the last itz all about JESUS !
    i lost ur # . neways im having chest withdrawal pains. gack.
    peace, love & GOD ABOVE,
    ska tea

  5. #5 by Never Been To Corinth on March 8, 2008 - 5:31 PM

    I’ve heard it expressed that Paul’s “knowing” nothing but Christ was perhaps an admonition against Gnostic teaching in Corinth.

  6. #6 by G.T. on March 11, 2008 - 10:17 PM

    Hi Scott,

    I think you’re right, but it is not only an admonition against gnosticism. It was a broadside against the entire system of Greek thought. Greeks sought wisdom by the exercise of the mind. Paul sought wisdom from the Spirit of God which was within him. He calls the wisdom that can be gained by the exercise of the mind ‘natural’ or ‘carnal.’ And discussed a greater wisdom that was from God which was spiritual. This leaves the world of gnosticism as well as Greek philosophy undercut. In this sense I would see gnosticism as a Christian heresy which adopted a dose of Greek philosophy together with a bit of Christian theology. Paul’s attack isn’t just against gnosticism, but also the Greek philosophy that had inspired its offending elements.

    The moral of this story is that if we want to be wise we must abide in Christ through prayer, His word and a constancy in worshiping him in all we do. Worshiping Jesus changes us, making us more holy, more wise and more happy even in the midst of suffering.

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