The “Backward” Wisdom of God“26 Brothers, think of what you werewhen you were called. Not many of youwere wise by human standards; notmany were influential; not many wereof noble birth. 27 But God chose thefoolish things of the world to shame thewise; God chose the weak things of theworld to shame the strong. 28 He chosethe lowly things of this world and thedespised things—and the things thatare not—to nullify the things thatare, 29 so that no one may boast beforehim.” 1 Corinthians 1:26-29
The “Backward” Wisdom of God“God has said to me, „My grace issufficient for you, for my power is madeperfect in weakness.‟ Therefore I willboast all the more gladly about myweaknesses, so that Christs power mayrest on me. That is why, for Christssake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults,in hardships, in persecutions, indifficulties. For when I am weak, then Iam strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:9,10
Power and WeaknessTHE LOGIC OF GOD’S WISDOM Christ’s Power Dependence on Christ Realization of Our Weakness Difficulties
Power and WeaknessMark Galli states: "We Christians of the closing years of thetwentieth century have a lot to complain about. We long for political leaders who identifythemselves as Christians and try to live by theirconvictions. Yet there was a time when this wasso. We complain that our society has gonesecular, and we yearn and pray that Christianvalues (rather than hedonism, lust, andconsumerism) be represented in television,movies, and popular magazines. Yet there was atime when popular culture was Christian."
Power and WeaknessActs 2:42-4742They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teachingand to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and toprayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe, and manywonders and miraculous signs were done by theapostles. 44 All the believers were together and hadeverything in common. 45 Selling their possessionsand goods, they gave to anyone as he hadneed. 46 Every day they continued to meet together inthe temple courts. They broke bread in their homesand ate together with glad and sincerehearts,47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all thepeople. And the Lord added to their number dailythose who were being saved.
Power and WeaknessActs 8:1,41 On that day a great persecution brokeout against the church at Jerusalem, andall except the apostles were scatteredthroughout Judea and Samaria.4 Those who had been scattered preachedthe word wherever they went.
Power and WeaknessLetter to Diognetus (130 AD) "For the Christians are distinguished from other menneither by country, nor language, nor the customswhich they observe. For they neither inhabit cities oftheir own, nor employ a peculiar form of speech, norlead a life which is marked out by any singularity. . . .following the customs of the natives in respect toclothing, food, and the rest of their ordinary conduct,they display to us their wonderful and confessedlystriking method of life. They dwell in their owncountries, but simply as sojourners. As citizens, theyshare in all things with others, and yet endure allthings as if foreigners. . . ."
Power and WeaknessLetter to Diognetus (130 AD) ”Every foreign land is to them their native country, andevery land of their birth as a land of strangers. Theymarry, as do all others; they beget children; but theydo not destroy their offspring. They have a commontable, but not a common bed. They are in the flesh, butthey do not live after the flesh. They pass their days onearth, but they are citizens of heaven. They obey theprescribed laws, and at the same time surpass thelaws by their lives. They love all men, and arepersecuted by all. . . ."