The Cross: The Unconquerable Power of the Kingdom (Sat. Sept. 24)

The word of the day is “cross.” What one thing in this world is the most desirable? The answer must be power, for when one has enough power, one can gain whatever else one desires. But in today’s reading, Paul writes, “For the kingdom of God is not in word but in power” (OSB vs. 20). Today we learn what the power of the kingdom is. In our reading of 1 Corinthians 4:17-5:5, Paul warns his congregation that he intends to visit them to deal with their disobedience. Some are puffed up with pride and seeming to boast that Paul will not come to confront them. But Paul insists that he will come (God willing), and he “will know, not the word of those who are puffed…