1 Corinthians 1:18-25


The Wisdom of God


(Verse 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.


(Verse 19)

As the Scriptures say,

“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise

and discard the intelligence of the intelligent.”

Grace 2


(Verse 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.


(Verse 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.


(Verse 22)

It is foolish to the Jews,

who ask for signs from heaven.

And it is foolish to the Greeks,

who seek human wisdom.


(Verse 23)

So when we preach that Christ was crucified,

the Jews are offended

and the Gentiles say it’s all nonsense.


(Verse 24)

But to those called by God to salvation,

both Jews and Gentiles,

Christ is the power of God

and the wisdom of God.


(Verse 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.

 

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