THE GOSPEL WORKS — EVEN IF IT SOUNDS STUPID
1 Corinthians 1:18-21
18 Because the word of the cross to those who are perishing is stupidity, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 Since it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, And the cleverness of the clever I will set aside.” 20 Where is a wise person? Where is a scribe? Where is a debater of this age? Has not God made stupid the wisdom of the world? 21 Because since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not acknowledge God, God decided, through the stupidity of the proclamation to save the believers.
saved by stupidity
The context of this passage is important to keep in mind. Paul had told the Corinthians that he knew about the rivalries that had emerged within their church groups. He was particularly put out by the fact that one of the divisive groups was using his own name to justify their rivalry: they were claiming to be “of Paul” Christians. It was not a complement to Paul, because it suggested that he had won everyone over with his skilful words. No, Paul said. He had come to Corinth with a message the world considered stupid, and it was the stupidity of that message of a dying Saviour that saved the believers.
Christ died on the cross to save us. He was raised to show the world that sin and death are no longer permanent. Through the blood of Christ, we can be saved. Believe this stupid word, and you too can be saved!
LORD, draw people to yourself through the proclamation of this gospel.