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Wisdom of God vs. Wisdom of Men - 1 Cor 1:18-31 PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Tsang   
Wednesday, 28 March 2018 10:01


We enter into the most beautiful and the holiest time of our Christian faith. It is the drama of our salvation – the passion (suffering) of our Lord Jesus Christ, his death on the cross, and the power of His resurrection. Captured in this drama is what the apostle Paul dared to call, “the foolishness of God”, displayed on the cross which is wiser than human wisdom. (1 Cor 1:25)


There is, without a doubt,

a kind of foolishness to the message of the cross. That the God who created all things would subject Himself to the anger, hatred, and cruelty of the ones whom He created, suffer, and die by their hands. But in that one “foolish” act, God transformed it into the event by which the law of justice was satisfied and provided salvation to those who believe. This transcends human logic, wisdom, and reasoning “but to those who believe and are being saved, it is the power of God.” (1 Cor 1:18)



It follows then that if we are to live and preach the message of the Gospel, inevitably, we will be regarded as foolish by the world. There is a classic story written by the Russian novelist, Dostoevsky called The Idiot. The main character of the story has a simple goodness about him and he carries himself with a naïve innocence. He has physical limitations and everyone he encounters assume he lacks intelligence. But in his child-like approach to life, willing to be seen as an “idiot”, he brings about the best in others and transforms them through his interactions. Dostoevsky is a Christian of the Russian Orthodox tradition and this novel is an allegory of the life of Christ and the Christian life.


Paul continued with this train of thought and implied that this was the mode of operation in the kingdom of God. The foolish, the weak, and the lowly are the ones who God uses for kingdom work so that we cannot boast of our wisdom, strength, and intelligence; we can only boast in the Lord’s righteousness, holiness, and redemption. (I Cor 1:27-31)


Miss no single opportunity of making some small sacrifice, here by a smiling look, there by a kindly word; always doing the smallest right and doing it all for love.

(Thérèse of Lisieux, 1873-1897, The Story of a Soul)


Peace and grace, John

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 March 2018 10:08