The gospel is (not) foolish

Two bleats ago, we said that the gospel is foolish, and we saw that in the first chapter of, as Donald Trump and Englishmen would say, “One Corinthians”.  Of course, Paul’s point is that the gospel is foolishness to the world, but to us who are being saved, it is the power of God.  

It’s also important to note that’s it’s not a foolish power of God, but in fact it is the wisest possible display of His power.  Let’s see what Paul says in chapter 2:

6 Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away.

7 But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. – 1 Corinthians 2:6-7

So, while Paul’s method was to speak simply and plainly in Corinth and to preach a foolish gospel, it had to be said that it was in fact wisdom that they were imparting.  It wasn’t a wisdom of that age or of its rulers that were doomed to pass away.  To them, it was foolishness. 

He goes on to say that he was imparting a secret and hidden wisdom of God.  What’s in view here is still the word of Christ, the gospel.  It’s not foolish, as the world thinks.  It’s immeasurably wise, because it comes from the immeasurable wisdom of God.  

This is why when the mature, those who have come to believe and follow and Jesus, hear it, they’re blown away.   

Now, how is it that two equally smart people could hear the gospel and one be brought to his knees and the other brought to laughter?  It’s because this wisdom is secret and hidden, the truth of it being revealed only to the elect by the Holy Spirit.  

And this was the plan from the beginning.  This wisdom God decreed before the ages for our glory.  For our glory?  Yes.  Where we are deemed foolish in this world, and base, and ignoble, we have already been elevated to servants of Jesus Christ, and we will reign with Him in the age to come.  All by His grace and for His own glory.  


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