Foolishness is Power (God’s Foolishness, That Is)

31 Jan

This morning, I read in 1 Corinthians chapter 1.  Verse 25 stuck out for me.

“For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength.”

First of all, since when is God foolish? Or weak?

Looking at the context of the passage, Paul is writing to the Cornithian church, encouraging them against division. Some are promoting Paul, others Apollos,etc. Both men preached the gospel of Jesus Christ which is completed by Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. There should be no division, the cross is the message. It is Jesus’s gospel, not any man’s.

With this context, the verse starts to take shape. Still, I did a quick word study on “foolishness.”

 The word “moros” is the root word in the original Greek language.  Indeed, the top English translations listed were fool and foolish, but then, another word was listed,  “impious.” 

I didn’t know the exact meaning, so I looked it up in Webster’s dictionary.  It said, “irreligious, disrespectful.” 

1 Corinthians 1:18 says “For the preaching of the cross is, to them that perish, foolishness; but, unto us which are saved, it is the power of God.

In the days Christ Jesus walked this earth, it was disrespectful and foolish to men to be told their religion could not save them. Additionally, it was ridiculous to them that the Messiah, the promised, divine saviour of the world, would make himself humble, even to a death on the cross. In their eyes, weakness.

So, the verses are telling us that  based on man’s thinking and understanding, the gospel of Jesus Christ was foolish and weak. Yet, for those who put their confidence in it, it is all powerful. 

What about today? What about the gospel of Christ is “ridiculous” in the minds of people who do not believe it?


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