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1 Corinthians 1.19-31 – The wisdom of the world & the wisdom of God.
Posted: 6 September 2010 in 1 Corinthians

For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence. But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

The Christian God is not an incompetent fool. He did not create a universe in which the fall was an unforeseen catastrophe, and then have to mount a desperate rescue mission to try and retrieve the situation. That both the fall and the Incarnation would be part of history were known to God before the creation of the world. Since he is an omnipotent God, had he wanted to he could have created a universe in which the fall did not happen, and the Incarnation was unnecessary, and yet he did not do so. Why? Part of the answer is given in verse 29 of the above passage: “That no flesh should glory in his presence.”

It was not God’s will that we should be able to obtain our salvation through our own works, or through our own wisdom, because that would detract from the glory which belongs only to the God who is Lord and Creator of all things. Instead salvation was to be available only to those who would humble themselves before him, and submit to the wisdom of God, to use Paul’s words. God’s will is that our salvation should depend wholly upon him, and that our worship of him in eternity should be motivated, at least in part, by the unmerited gift of eternal life.

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