Read 1 Corinthians Chapter 1. After reading the Chapter, read the following to help you dive deeper into the Chapter. Conclude in Prayer.
Imagine for a moment, you are a member of the Church of Corinth, and you just received this letter from the Apostle Paul. What are your initial reactions?
St. Paul begins his letter with a greeting and prayer? Why do you believe he does so? Can you learn anything from this fact?
It is evident that St. Paul sees the matter of the division and disunity of the church of Corinth as a major issue. What, if any, issues are causing divisions within you? Your Household? Your Church?
“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”
“For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.
Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.” I Corinthians 1:18, 21, 25
Why is St. Paul calling the cross, and the message of God foolish? What message is he intending to deliver to the Corinthians?
THE MADNESS OF REJECTING GOOD MEDICINE - "The power of the cross is not recognized by those who are perishing, because they are out of their minds and act like madmen, complaining and rejecting the medicines which bring salvation.” - CHRYSOSTOM
How are you living to convey that the message of Christ and His cross are not foolishness?
“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.”” I Corinthians 1:27-28, 30-31 NKJV
Today, it is evident that the wisdom of the world is contrary to the wisdom of God. The world has given us foolish things and called them wise. Are you comfortable being deemed a fool by the world, or do you desire for the world to call you wise? How does your pride get in the way of glorying in the Lord?
OUR SALVATION - "God did not just make us wise, righteous and holy in Christ. He gave us Christ so that we should never need anything else for our salvation.” - CHRYSOSTOM
Posted on Thu, January 19, 2017
by Mathew Shehata