1 Corinthians 1 - Wise and Foolish

Returning to my Bible studies after (another) long absence. Perhaps I'll write about why later. In the past I've felt like I could hear God calling me back to study and I guess this time I have as well. The difference is that I have actively avoided it. I haven't wanted to, or rather, I've wanted to pursue other, self focused things. So, this time I'm returning because I know that I need to and I know that by doing it the desire to do it will grow.

1 Corinthians 1:1 - Some time read about Sosthenes in Acts 18. Amazing, and here he is in the church at Corinth.

1 Corinthians 1:2 - Sanctified, called to be saints. Amen.

1 Corinthians 1:6 - "... the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you ..." I wonder what that means. Something about what happened to them as they believed confirmed what was being said about Christ - that he was the son of God, the savior, that sins are forgiven, that lives are renewed, restored and transformed.

1 Corinthians 1:17 - Paul implies that he deliberately preaches in common terms so that the cross can do the work. I sometimes think that the truth of the Gospel is so deep and profound that how can the simple comprehend it. (yes, I realize that in thinking such I put my self 'above' the label of simple which may not be accurate. :-D) It seems that the fundamental aspects of the truth are buried, hidden under layers of meaning.

Then I realize that Jesus came primarily to simple people, Paul tells us (just a few verses later) that he uses the simple to shame the wise and thinking that less gifted folks might not have a chance to comprehend the glorious truth of the gospel is unthinkable.

So, yes, there are layers and layers of meaning to the gospel and mining them does our heart good. But the basic gospel of Jesus, God and Man, coming to Earth to redeem a broken, fallen people is a simple idea, with the power to save without digging any deeper than that. The power is in the cross, not in our description or understanding of it.

1 Corinthians 22-25:

For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

Amen to that.

1 Corinthians 1:26-31 - A few years ago, I attended a reunion of folks from the campus ministry I attended back, well, a long time ago. The guy who let me to faith in a series of Bible studies was there and he commented something like "It's so good to see you still here."

Still here? I remember thinking back then that I was one of the sharp guys. You know, in every group there are the ones who are on top, sharp and with it and then there are those who, well, aren't. Mentally, I put myself in the former group, but his comments showed that he saw me in the latter. The group that you weren't sure were in it for the long haul. To his credit, I don't think it was condescending and I never knew that he saw me that way.

I've thought that way always. Here in ColumbusI was part of the mission team, I was once a deacon. But now I see that I'm on the fringes, not that cool, a bit dorky, not all that 'with it' spiritually and likely seen that way by most. It's been a humbling thing to realign my view of myself to others', but I look here and I'm amazed that God has chosen me anyway. Again, I've never felt anything but love from God's people (as it should be) and no one has ever treated me as unimportant. Frankly, I think if I had realized my place earlier, I may not have stuck around. It's not about them, it's about me and my opinion of myself (and perhaps my need for others to like me, but that's another post).

I'm realizing that I'm nothing and I think that will give God a lot more room to work.

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Good stuff, Salguod. About your former leader being glad you were still there, I wonder if you haven't heard him wrong. These days, after so many discouraging losses, I'm so glad to see anyone "still here." When I first read his comment, my thought was of his discouragement, not of your chances.

I don't know, of course. That was just the impression I had, and I wanted to share it.

You're probably right. I've found that I interpret things as criticism that, more often than not, isn't. It may have been that he simply was glad to see me.



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