1 Corinthians 1: 18-25

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written:

“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”

Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified:  a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength.

A Thought

The message of the cross is through faith in the power of God and is not based on faith in the wisdom of man. Without faith it is impossible to receive the message of the cross. The wisdom of man through science is frustrating and ever-changing to explain their errors in judgements. A wise man is more concerned about the condition of his soul than how big his bank account is or how lacking it is. God has given each person a measure of faith that by believing in the truth of his Holy Word, our faith will grow and we can accept God’s plan for our salvation made possible by the life, death and resurrection of his Son-Jesus Christ. Man can not explain how that a seed must die to produce new life, but this is the wisdom of God. Jesus had to die and be raised to life again to pay the price of our sin. We must die to our old self and receive the power of the cross to receive eternal life with Christ.

Our Prayer

Father thank you for the wisdom of your message of the cross that has called both Jew and Gentile to be one together in you. We ask for your wisdom to rule our lives that we will be saved by the power of the cross in Jesus’n name, amen.