For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans
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I Corinthians 1: 18 -31
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.
For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”
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?
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.
For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
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.
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; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.
And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”
Choosing to send the gospel message through the foolish rather than the wise; the simple rather than the intelligent; the lowly rather than the high-end; the weak rather than the strong so that all credit would go to God (and yet we try to take credit at times. Listen to our language; ” How many have you saved?” Who???) Through Him the foolish become wise, the simple become intelligent, those low are raised high, the weak become strong. Through Him, in Him we rise above the common knowledge of mankind and receive spiritual knowledge that cannot be explained; the explanation is withheld. And the mystery of God surrounds his gifts to us. When we exercise those gifts we boast in the Lord, not ourselves for without Him we would not have the abilities and gifts He has graced us with. Blessed be the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.