Christ the Wisdom and Power of God
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. 19 For it is written:
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise;
the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”
20 Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. 22 Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 24 but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength.
26 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. 28 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.”
2 When I came to you, brothers, I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. 2 For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 3 I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling. 4 My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power,5 so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power.
Wisdom From the Spirit
6 We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. 7 No, we speak of God’s secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. 8 None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9 However, as it is written:
“No eye has seen,
no ear has heard,
no mind has conceived
what God has prepared for those who love him”—
10 but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit.
The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. 11 For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12 We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. 13 This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words.14 The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 The spiritual man makes judgements about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man’s judgement:
16 “For who has known the mind of the Lord
that he may instruct him?”
But we have the mind of Christ.
(1 Cor 1:18-31; 2:1-16)
Short quiet time, but powerful. Still a little stunned/blown away/shell-shocked. I love how God can just show you something and have such an impact you can feel a physical force against your chest.
I am no wise person. I am not eloquent. Most of the time, I don’t have much to say. And I’m afraid that what I have said/plan to say/write to you will not come out right. That it would drive you further away. But nothing, nothing can separate us from the love of God. Not even my horrible writings/spoken words.
I am human. I am inadequate in myself. I am scared. But Paul? He was scared as well. He was shaking. He had no idea what to say… Yet he was a mighty warrior/mouthpiece for God. In 1 Cor 1:1, it writes “Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,”. By the will of God. Wow. It’s not who we think we are, but rather it’s who God thinks we are. We look at ourselves and we laugh and say, “Joke. I’ll never be good enough.” But He looks at us and He sees so much. He plans good for us; He promises good. We are fearfully and wonderfully made. He works on us, a messy ugly piece of tapestry. He’s cutting out stuff, sewing things back together, adding beautiful pieces. God alone knows what the end product is. I have no idea what it’s going to look like, but I believe He’s the best Creator/Designer there is out there.
I don’t know what to say to you anymore. Not sure if you actually want to hear it anymore. But I am to be broken and poured out for God… no matter how much my human nature tells me it’s gonna hurt. I am neither wise nor eloquent, but the Spirit will enable me to speak truth. He will fight for His beloved. The Spirit will reveal truth – the answers that you need. I pray you stop searching in the wrong places and see that there’s always been that one place that will give you all you need, all you’re searching for.
I am still shaking. But You hold me. You hold us.
Revival. We ask for revival.