1 Corinthians 1:18-25
18 The message of the cross seems foolish to those who are lost and dying. But it is God’s power to us who are being saved. 19 It is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of those who are wise. I will do away with the cleverness of those who think they are so smart.” (Isaiah 29:14) 20 Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where are the great thinkers of our time? Hasn’t God made the wisdom of the world foolish? 21 God wisely planned that the world would not know him through its own wisdom. It pleased God to use the foolish things we preach to save those who believe. 22 Jews require signs. Greeks look for wisdom. 23 But we preach about Christ and his death on the cross. That is very hard for Jews to accept. And everyone else thinks it’s foolish. 24 But there are those God has chosen, both Jews and Greeks. To them Christ is God’s power and God’s wisdom. 25 The foolish things of God are wiser than human wisdom. The weakness of God is stronger than human strength.
This passage is all apart of Paul’s appeal to the church in Corinth to be one body united under the Cross of Christ and not to be following after personalities. Paul is wanting the church to come back to the cross – it’s not someone’s wise words, or a miraculous sign (thought these can play their part) that save us – but the Cross.
As in Paul’s day, the Cross is still foolishness or weakness to believe in for many. Today science, medicine, technology, education are held up as god. But to me the cross of Christ stands, “Christ is – God’s ultimate miracle” (Msge version). I’m happy to be seen as foolish. As I’ve grown in my faith there are still so many questions and mysteries but the basis of my faith remains Jesus and his death on the cross for me, this is where my salvation comes from, not a church movement or a personality.
Thank Father that your wisdom knows how flaky we can be and so you have set our salvation/faith in something that is quite immovable, the Cross of Christ.
Written by Suzie Hodgson