foolishness vs. world wisdom

E G M (
Tue, 7 Apr 1998 07:29:05 -0700 (PDT)

1Cor. 1:17 For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the
gospel ÷not with words of human wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be
emptied of its power.
1Cor. 1:18 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.
1Cor. 1:19 For it is written: ćI will destroy the wisdom of the
wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.ä (n)
1Cor. 1:20 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
1Cor. 1:21 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.
1Cor. 1:22 Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom,
1Cor. 1:23 but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews
and foolishness to Gentiles,
1Cor. 1:24 but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks,
Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
1Cor. 1:25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than manās wisdom,
and the weakness of God is stronger than manās strength.
1Cor. 1:26 Brothers, think of what you were when you were called.
Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were
influential; not many were of noble birth.
1Cor. 1:27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame
the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.
1Cor. 1:28 He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised
things ÷and the things that are not ÷to nullify the things that are,
1Cor. 1:29 so that no one may boast before him.
1Cor. 1:30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who
has become for us wisdom from God ÷that is, our righteousness,
holiness and redemption.
1Cor. 1:31 Therefore, as it is written: ćLet him who boasts boast in
the Lord.ä (n)

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