Monday, October 20, 2008

what is low and despised

Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it please God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, whom God made our wisdom and our righteousness and sanctification and redemption. Therefore, as it is written, "Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord."

Paul / I Corinthians 1:20-31


Alias said...

Sometimes I think we forget how amazing it is that God died for US. And, it is even more amazing the things He empowers us to do and gives us after salvation. It is a good reminder.

Dori said...

Word. I know we all think of something different when we read that, but my question is, why do we try to make the gospel something so appealing to the entire world (or at least all of America). It's scorned by most and considered foolish! Know what I mean!?

Anyhoo, wish we could have discussions in person. You would be a fun person to talk to more often!!

Jules said...

Brilliant - a passage for our times I think. Thanks for dropping by and commenting on my blog. I love these verses, they are special to me and wouldn't it be good if the great majority of the 'church' read them and acted upon them!!