Reflection on 1 Corinthians 1:18-25

Scripture

For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength.

Observation

The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is God’s power.

God undermines worldly wisdom by making it look foolish. Jews look for signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but it is Christ who saves all who believe.

God’s stupidity is wiser than the smartest human and His apparent weakness is stronger than anything man can do.

Application

You can’t get to heaven by human wisdom and reasoning. If you could, every philosopher would get there. Every form of military might, political power, financial muscle is useless before the God who made the universe with a word and can destroy it in an instant.

To be saved, we must embrace the cross, the “weakness” of God.

Sure, it doesn’t make sense to the logical mind obsessed with power.

But the cross is the logical outcome of a God who loves the world so much that He would put aside His strength, become vulnerable to our sin, and pay the price for sins He never committed. All for love’s sake.

Prayer

Father, I receive your love. The cross has set me free from death. Thank you. Amen.

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