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The Foolishness of Preaching Salvation

“Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For since in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe” (1 Cor. 1:20,21). The wisdom of this world often finds itself in conflict with the wisdom of God. What is pleasing to God is often considered foolishness by the wisdom of the world. God chose to save the world by means of the preaching of the gospel, but the story of the gospel is often considered by men to be foolish. The plan of salvation revealed in the gospel is often regarded as foolish, while the plans of men are thought to be wise and good.

The Jews of the first century could not see in the wisdom of God as revealed in the gospel the power of God unto their salvation. Instead, they insisted on some greater sign to authenticate the gospel before they would accept it. Likewise, the Greeks could not appreciate the wisdom of God in the beautiful story of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. It had no relevance to their lives because it was contrary to all that was declared to be “wise” by the philosophies of men to which they were so attracted and loved to hear (Acts 17:21). Continue reading » The Foolishness of Preaching Salvation