18-31
Christ is Wisdom
18  For the word of the cross is folly to those who
are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is
the power of God. 1...
20  Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe?
Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made
foolish the wisd...
Craig S. Keener’s Commentary on 1 Corinthians

 Like philosophers, Paul can use rhetoric to
denounce abuse of rhetoric. Th...
Titus 1:5-9
5  This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put
what remained into order, and appoint elders in ever...
26  For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you
were wise according to worldly standards, not many were
powerful,...
C. S. Lewis wrote:
It is hardly complimentary to God that we should choose
him as an alternative to hell. Yet even this he...
2 Corinthians 5:17-21
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new
creation.The old has passed away; behold, the new ...
Are You a New Creation?
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1 Corinthians 1:18-31

  1. 1. 18-31 Christ is Wisdom
  2. 2. 18  For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.
  3. 3. 20  Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. 22 For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom,23 but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, 24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
  4. 4. Craig S. Keener’s Commentary on 1 Corinthians Like philosophers, Paul can use rhetoric to denounce abuse of rhetoric. Thus, for example, he holds attention with antithesis (1:18); citation of authority (1:19); a series of four rhetorical questions and the threefold repetition of "where is ... " (1:2o;29) and finally in 1:25, antithesis and paradoxical, ironic oxymorons (God's "foolishness" and "weakness")."
  5. 5. Titus 1:5-9 5  This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained into order, and appoint elders in every town as I directed you--6 if anyone is above reproach, the husband of one wife, and his children are believers and not open to the charge of debauchery or insubordination.7 For an overseer, as God's steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain,8 but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined.9 He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.
  6. 6. 26  For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong;28 God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are,29 so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. 30 And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption,31 so that, as it is written, Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.
  7. 7. C. S. Lewis wrote: It is hardly complimentary to God that we should choose him as an alternative to hell. Yet even this he accepts. The creature’s illusion of self-sufficiency must, for the creature’s sake, be shattered. And by trouble, or fear of trouble on earth, by crude fear of the eternal flames, God shatters it, unmindful of his glory’s diminution. I call this “divine humility”, because it’s a poor thing to strike our colours to God when the ship is going down under us, a poor thing to come to him as a last resort, to offer up our own when it is no longer worth keeping. If God were proud, he would hardly have us on such terms. But he is not proud. He stoops to conquer. He would have us even though we have shown that we prefer everything else to him, and come to him because there is nothing better now to be had.
  8. 8. 2 Corinthians 5:17-21 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation;19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us.We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
  9. 9. Are You a New Creation?

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