1Corinthians 1:24, 25 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
Christ is the power of God and the Wisdom of God. If we abide in Christ, make Him the center of our very being, we have the power to resist the sinful nature, to rebuke the devil when he comes against us, and to live a life that is pleasing to God. But we rejoice not in that power, but in the Lord who graciously gives it, who has chosen us and written our names in the Lamb’s book of life.
Jesus is the Wisdom of God, and if we abide in Him, He makes that wisdom available to us. We can go to God and find out from Him what we should do in any given circumstance we may face.
Sometimes the things God tells us to do seem foolish. (Luke 17:11-14 Now it happened as He went to Jerusalem that He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off. And they lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” So when He saw them, He said to them, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And so it was that as they went, they wer cleansed.
Jesus told the 10 lepers to go tell the priests they were healed. This was required under Old Testament Law so that the priests could examine the person to determine whether they really were healed of their leprosy. Notice that Jesus told them to go while the sores were yet on their bodies. As they went in obedience they were healed. In our own wisdom we would argue with Jesus, “But the sores are still on me. Are you making fun of me? How can I go show myself to the priests when I am still obviously sick?” But God, in his foolishness, challenged them to obey first, and as they did, then they were healed.
I can imagine how the scene must have played out. Jesus told them to go show themselves to the priest. They looked down at their bodies, still seeing sores, then back at Jesus, uncertain. They talk among themselves for a moment and almost speak up to Jesus, but decide against it. Hesitantly they start walking, looking at the sores on their bodies as they obey Christ. And as they rounded the first corner, their sores began healing. Getting excited they start walking faster – with more confidence and faith, and their sores heal faster. Suddenly they are running as fast as they can to the temple anxious to be declared free of the stigma of leprosy. God’s foolishness is better than man’s wisdom any day.
His weakness is stronger than the strength of man. Jesus taught us to do good to those who would be our enemies and to love them. He said that we must forgive those who have wronged us. To the natural man that just seems wrong… “Forgive that person who assaulted me for no good reason and gave me a severe concussion?! You’ve got to be kidding me! That would be weak and cowardly. I should lie in wait for him and repay the favor.”… That is how the natural man reasons, that is man’s idea of strength. But God said forgive. It takes more strength and shows more courage to truly forgive him and wish him well than to hold a grudge.
Man says forgiveness is a sign of weakness, that if I let it go he might do it again. God says, “Forgive him. If there is any repayment to be made, I will deal with it.” As long as we hold a person in unforgiveness, as long as we let our minds dwell on the hurt or wrong done to us, we are actually in bondage to that person, we are enslaved in our minds and can have no peace; It can even destroy our health.
But if we do the “weak” thing and truly forgive and put it behind us, we imitate God’s forgiveness for us and are strengthened in Him. We are healthier, mentally, physically, and spiritually. God’s weakness is stronger than man.
1Corinthians 1:26 For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called.
Not many wise. True, there are some scientists who trust in Christ and teach science with a biblical foundation; And there are some highly intelligent Christians who do well in the world while maintaining a godly life, who have respect even in the world for their wisdom. But as a general rule we are not. I once had a customer where I work who, when he had found out I was a Christian, commented that he had thought me smarter than that. This shows how Christians are generally perceived by many unbelievers as dumber than the average Joe.
1Corinthians 1:27-31 But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence. But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God – and righteousness and sanctification and redemption – That, as it is written, ” He who glories, let him glory in the Lord.”
He chooses the foolish things to put to shame the wise, for there will be no boasting before God on that Day. He chose me. If I had been God, the person I am would not be choice to become a leader in the church. When great, well-respected leaders stand before God, they will not be able to tell God that they got to heaven because they were such wonderful leaders, for I will be standing right beside them, proving that it is only by God’s grace. None of us can say God chose us for salvation because we were such wonderful people, so smart and wealthy and powerful. All we can boast in is this, “On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand.” When I stand before God on that Day – when YOU stand before God on that glorious Day – None of us will be able to say we made it on our own merits or proclaim our own name.