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Living Life

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  • January 2018
2018. 1. 5 | True Wisdom and Power (1 Corinthians 1:18~25)         Speakers Jacob Jeon

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.
19 For it is written: "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate."
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 world?
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.
22 Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom,
23 but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles,
24 but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than man's wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man's strength.

 

 

Reflection

Wisdom That Baffles (1:18–21)

Throughout this passage, Paul juxtaposes worldly wisdom with the wisdom of God. The popular Greek philosophers and intellectual elite of Paul’s day placed a high value on rational thinking. The Gospel, however, exceeds human rationalism because it preaches a message of a Savior who was killed on a cross-a message that sounded foolish to many intellectuals. God was pleased to destroy the wisdom of the wise by giving us a Gospel based on faith, not human intelligence. What the world needs most is not another great teacher but a Redeemer. Human arrogance has blinded many to the truth, but we can encounter the wisdom of God when we humbly submit our hearts before Jesus, who is the source of all wisdom.

 

What prevents you from receiving more of God’s wisdom? Ask the Lord to grant you greater trust in Him rather than in worldly wisdom.

 

Power That Confounds (1:22–25)

The Jews reject the Gospel message because they think there is insufficient evidence to prove that Jesus is the Messiah. The Messiah they are waiting for is someone who will demonstrate powerful signs and wonders. Jesus Christ was the exact opposite of what they were expecting. He came as a humble baby in a manger, divinity clothed in humanity, and He died on a cross meant for criminals, overcoming the condemnation of sin through the power of God’s love. People today have their own expectations of God. They do not understand why a good and powerful God would allow certain things to happen. Those who encounter His love, however, understand that the cross was God’s way of dealing with the evil in this world and that through it, He has the ultimate victory.

 

Take a moment to reflect on the cross. What would your life look like if you had never experienced its power?

 

A letter to God 

Lord, thank you for the true wisdom and power found in the cross of Christ. When I am tempted to rely on my own strength and wisdom, remind me that Yours is greater. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

 

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