It’s impossible for men and women to exalt themselves and God simultaneously, as Paul well understood. Because of this, the apostle resolved to preach the cross without rhetorical games or flourishes. As Alistair Begg explains, the cross is fundamental, as it illustrates what it took for Jesus to save us. Its message may not be trendy, nor does it depend on the skill of preachers—but everything hinges on it. The path of the cross is the only path to true redemption and grace.