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Read Introduction to 1 Corinthians

 

“Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.”

 

Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men,

The “foolishness of God” is the gospel of “Christ crucified.” The words “the foolishness” is literally the foolish thing (neuter). This is the foolish message of God.

and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

The “weakness of God” is stronger than human might. The words “the weakness” is literally the weak thing. Again, the foolish message of God is stronger than the greatest power of philosophy or science man may concoct.

The rationale of God’s philosophy is the revelation of Christ and His finished work on the cross. As men believe this, they see God’s wisdom and power. All futile philosophies cannot match this.

PRINCIPLE:

God’s method is superior to anything a man can devise for reaching people with the gospel.

APPLICATION:

It is humbling to realize that God does evangelism His way. He does not depend on the human device. This is hard for people today to accept. Beyond all church growth and understanding of our target audience is God’s simple message of the cross. Obviously, believers should grasp everything they can about reaching people, but if we forget that it is the content of Christ crucified that wins people, then we have missed God’s boat. Vision planning, building church constructs and understanding the values of people of our day pale in light of the content of the gospel.

The gospel transcends any human reason, philosophy, or devise. This is a hard pill to swallow for man church leaders today.

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