1 Corinthians 1:18 - 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.
1 Corinthians 1:18-NLT- 18 The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God.
Perishing=complete destruction, or annihilation;eternal conscious suffering apart from God.
This same Gospel that makes no sense to those who refuse to accept is truly the knowledge that all men need to grab a hold of. Why? Let's listen to why this Gospel that makes no sense to men need to be heard and accepted as our own. Romans 1:16b- For the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.
The Gospel show us our need for a Savior. The Cross shows us that our need for a savior has been paid for by the shed blood of Jesus Christ. The same Christ who was prophesied as the coming "Messiah" by the prophets of old is the same Christ who gave His life as a ransom for the world. The same Christ who came and said in Luke 19:10 - " For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost."
The question to be answered on today is "where do you stand in your belief that you are in need of a savior and that God has already made a way for your salvation? Where do you stand in your mind on today with this truth?
We can not save ourselves, we can not earn salvation, we can not do enough work to obtain it. It is a free gift of God to all who would receive. Ephesians 2:8-9 - 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.
The "Wisdom Of God" can no man know apart from the Holy Spirit. The Wisdom of God is not fully revealed to man, but there is a day when we will be able to see as God sees upon Christ return. 1 Corinthians 13:12- 12 In the same way, we can see and understand only a little about God now, as if we were peering at his reflection in a poor mirror; but someday we are going to see him in his completeness, face-to-face. Now all that I know is hazy and blurred, but then I will see everything clearly, just as clearly as God sees into my heart right now.
As foolish as the Gospel may be to man, it pleased God through the foolishness of the preaching of the Cross to save those who believe.
Where do you stand in your mind on today with this truth?
As many today may have convinced themselves that they are "very wise" apart from God, the truth of the matter is that is it is God who gives us the "wisdom and ability" to understand, believe and trust in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
To those who have convinced yourselves that through your own knowledge that you are wise in your own eyes and do not have a need or a desire for God nor His Gospel, here is a little pain medicine for you. 1 Corinthians 1:19-30 -As the Scriptures say,“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise and discard the intelligence of the intelligent.”
20 So where does this leave the philosophers, the scholars, and the world’s brilliant debaters? God has made the wisdom of this world look foolish. 21 Since God in his wisdom saw to it that the world would never know him through human wisdom, he has used our foolish preaching to save those who believe. 22 It is foolish to the Jews, who ask for signs from heaven. And it is foolish to the Greeks, who seek human wisdom. 23 So when we preach that Christ was crucified, the Jews are offended and the Gentiles say it’s all nonsense.
24 But to those called by God to salvation, both Jews and Gentiles,[f] Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 This foolish plan of God is wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is stronger than the greatest of human strength.
26 Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy[g] when God called you. 27 Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. 28 God chose things despised by the world,[h] things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. 29 As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God.
30 God has united you with Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made him to be wisdom itself. Christ made us right with God; he made us pure and holy, and he freed us from sin. 31 Therefore, as the Scriptures say, “If you want to boast, boast only about the Lord.”[i]
Where do you stand in your mind on today with this truth? Ponder this question on today.
The foolishness of the Gospel is the power that God used to save man.
God bless and do tel the Lord thank you for His "Divine Wisdom". One that no man can compare!
I love you all with the love of Christ.