Under Gods Command

Christ the Wisdom and Power of God (1:26-31)

1 Corinthians 1:26-27 Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were Influential; not many were of noble birth. (27) But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.

Is Christianity against rational thinking? Christians clearly do believe in using their minds to weigh the evidence and make wise choices. Paul is declaring that no amount of human knowledge can replace or bypass Christ’s work on the cross. If it could Christ would be assessable only to the intellectually gifted and well educated, and not to ordinary people or to children.

28-31) He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things-and the things that are not-to nullify the things that are, (29) so that no one may boast before him. (30) It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God-that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. (31) Therefore, as it is written: “Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.”

Paul continues to emphasize that the way to receive salvation is so simple that any person who wants to can understand it. Skill and wisdom do not get a person into God’s kingdom-simple faith does-so no one can boast that his or her achievements helped him or her secure eternal life. Salvation is totally from God through Jesus death.

Lets Bring it Home: God is the source of and the reason for our personal and living relationship with Christ. Our union and identification with Christ results in our having God’s wisdom and knowledge, possessing right standing with God, being holy and having the penalty for our sins paid by Jesus.

There is nothing we can do to earn our salvation; we need only accept what Jesus has already done for us.

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