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1 Corinthians 1:18-25English Standard Version (ESV)
Christ the Wisdom and Power of God
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.”
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.
Wisdom is extremely important. Knowledge is very helpful and good. But in Corinth, many people sought out knowledge and engaged in debate simply for the fun of it. They were not seeking truth as much as they were seeking to stay current with the new trends and ideas of the great thinkers and philosophers of the day. But God placed the cross of Jesus at the center of all truth. God loves us, Jesus died for us, and he defeated death to give us new life. All other truth begins and ends there. God has blessed humanity with great insight and understanding, but these are created things that only find their true place in light of their creator. The Gospel proclaims that Jesus does not speak truth, but is truth because He is God, the Creator and sustainer of all things. In our era of constant and easily accessible information we need to continually seek the Creator of wisdom and truth.