August 23, 2006

1 Corinthians 1:20-25

Posted in family, philosophy, scripture, theology at 2:31 pm by Jerry

I’ve been reminded of this passage in the bible a number of times in a short little while, whether it be in comments to a post of mine, a post written by my brother, or otherwise. My brother wrote:

I can’t get enough of this stuff. Here is a section of the first chapter in First Corinthians and one of my favorite scholars commenting….

1 Cor 1:20-25
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. (NIV)

“A God discovered by human wisdom will be both a projection of human fallenness and a source of human pride, and this constitutes the worship of the creature, not the Creator. The gods of the “wise’ are seldom gracious to the undeserving, and they tend to make considerable demands on the ability of people to understand them; hence they become gods only for the elite and “deserving.” It should be noted that Paul is here acknowledging that there is another sophia, God’s wisdom, which he is about to explicate (see v. 24); but that wisdom turns out to be the exact opposite of human wisdom.” (Gordon Fee)

I have always been taught that Jesus had to come, but for me, this puts it in a fresh new light. The world needed revelation because we are unable to know this God with our own wisdom. And this revelation had to be Himself. How many of our explanations of God are merely what we have created out of our fallenness and pride? I am loving what this book (First Corinthians) together with Gordon Fee are doing to my heart and mind.

Here’s my response:

“I have always been taught that Jesus had to come”

Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

“The world needed revelation because we are unable to know this God with our own wisdom. And this revelation had to be Himself.”

The world still needs THIS revelation.

“How many of our explanations of God are merely what we have created out of our fallenness and pride?”

Here’s two: “this book (First Corinthians) together with Gordon Fee”

Isn’t Jesus himself supposed to be a miraculous sign? And if Jesus is fully God and fully man, then wouldn’t his teachings also be human wisdom, however perfect they are? Sounds like the apostle Paul and Gordon Fee care very little for Jesus, the human.

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