The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God. 1 Corinthians 1:18
First Corinthians 1:18 says that the message of the cross is the power of God to those that are being saved. Those who are being saved are those who are daily experiencing God’s resurrection-power in their lives; not those who just say that they believe the gospel message. There are some people who think that they are in the group of those who are being saved, but they have no real relationship with Jesus Christ; they have no personal experiential knowledge of the power of the cross to save them from sin. The Word of God warns us about these people saying, “They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly.” And also warns us, “Stay away from people like that” (2 Timothy 3:5, NLT).
People that think they are being saved, and yet, never seem to experience any of the fruit of saving faith (conviction over wrong-doing, hunger for God, love for God, joy in God, a desire to be with other Christians, etc. etc.); are self-deceived: they are not really being saved. People who are being saved experience the power of the cross of Christ to save them from sin’s power every day – not just judgment day. Unfortunately, there are some people that do not even realize that they do not know God (Matthew 7:21-23, 25:31-46).