1 Corinthians 1:20-25.. 20 Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 …the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. 22 For indeed Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom; 23 but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness, 29 so that no man may boast before God. 30 But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, 31 so that, just as it is written, “Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord.”
In v.20 Paul asks where the wise, scribe and debaters of history are? The answer is they are all gone and most are not remembered. V.21 the world in all it’s wisdom rejected God and made self and lifeless idols gods. They believed in natural ways for creation, ignoring the wisdom of Genesis. God chose the foolishness of the gospel of Jesus that Paul preached to save all those who believe. A
V.22 the Jews were seeking a sign that Jesus was present to defeat Rome with mighty power and rejected Him because He came as a suffering Servant. B The Greeks [gentiles] were constantly looking for wisdom and rejected the truth of the resurrection. V.23 Paul was faithful to preach Jesus crucified [v.29-31] so that no believing Disciple may boast in self.
There is no room in salvation for any works or merit, it is Jesus alone. He became to us wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption because of His love. C
Notes: A- Romans 10:17, 5:23, 6:23, 10:9,13; B- Isaiah 53; C- Colossians 2:3, 2 Corinthians 5:21, John 17:19, Romans 3:24; “The emphasis here is that God shows His wisdom by means of the righteousness, sanctification, and redemption that we have in Christ. Each of these theological words carries a special meaning for Christians. Righteousness has to do with our standing before God. We are justified: God declares us righteous in Jesus Christ. But we are also sanctified, set apart to belong to God and to serve Him. Redemption emphasizes the fact that we are set free because Jesus Christ paid the price for us on the cross. This will lead to complete redemption when Christ returns.
So, in one sense, we have the three tenses of salvation given here: we have been saved from the penalty of sin (righteousness); we are being saved from the power of sin (sanctification); and we shall be saved from the presence of sin (redemption). And every believer has all of these blessings in Jesus Christ!” From Commentary by Warren Wiersbe; order by clicking here for 1 Corinthians or here for the entire New Testament.
Henry Luke 3/9/2018
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