Thought for the day : Christ is the power of God and wisdom of God. Boast in the Lord. Put your faith in God’s power not men’s wisdom.Wisdom from the Spirit. We have the Holy Spirit.
1 Cor. 1 : 18 ~ 31; 2: 1~16
18 For the message about the cross is nonsense to those who are being destroyed, but it is God’s power to us who are being saved.
19 For it is written,“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
and the intelligence of the intelligent I will reject.”[w]
20 Where is the wise person? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? God has turned the wisdom of the world into nonsense, hasn’t he?
21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through its wisdom did not know God,[x] God was pleased to save those who believe through the nonsense of our preaching.
22 Jews ask for signs, and Greeks look for wisdom,
23 but we preach the Messiah[y] crucified. He is a stumbling block to Jews and nonsense to gentiles,
24 but to those who are called,[z] both Jews and Greeks, the Messiah[aa] is God’s power and God’s wisdom.
25 For God’s nonsense is wiser than human wisdom,[ab] and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.[ac]
26 Brothers, think about your own calling. Not many of you were wise by human standards,[ad] not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth.
27 But God chose what is nonsense in the world to make the wise feel ashamed. God chose what is weak in the world to make the strong feel ashamed.
28 And God chose what is insignificant in the world, what is despised, what is nothing, in order to destroy what is something,
29 so that no one[ae] may boast in God’s presence.
30 It is because of God[af] that you are in union with the Messiah[ag] Jesus, who for us has become wisdom from God, as well as our righteousness, sanctification, and redemption.
31 Therefore, as it is written, “The person who boasts must boast in the Lord.”[ah]
1 When I came to you, brothers, I didn’t come and tell you about God’s secret[a] with rhetorical language or wisdom.
2 For while I was with you I resolved to know nothing except Jesus the Messiah,[b] and him crucified.
3 It was in weakness, fear, and great trembling that I came to you.
4 My message and my preaching were not accompanied by clever, wise words, but by a display of the Spirit’s power,
5 so that your faith would not be based on human wisdom but on God’s power.
6 However, when we are among mature people, we do speak a message of[c] wisdom, but not the wisdom of this world or of the rulers of this world, who are passing off the scene.
7 Instead, we speak about God’s wisdom in a hidden secret, which God destined before the world began[d] for our glory.
8 None of the rulers of this world understood it, because if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
9 But as it is written,“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined the things that God has prepared for those who love him.”[e]
10 But[f] God has revealed those things to us by his Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the deep things of God.
11 Is there anyone who can understand his own thoughts except his own inner spirit? In the same way, no one can know the thoughts of God except God’s Spirit.
12 Now, we have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who comes from God, so that we can understand the things that were freely given to us by God.
13 We don’t speak about these things with words taught us by human wisdom, but with words[g] taught by the Spirit, as we explain spiritual things to spiritual people.[h]
14 A person who isn’t spiritual doesn’t accept the things of God’s Spirit, for they are nonsense to him. He can’t understand them because they are spiritually evaluated.
15 The spiritual person evaluates everything but is subject to no one else’s evaluation.
16 For“Who has known the mind of the Lord[i] so that he can advise him?”[j]
However, we have the mind of the Messiah.[k]
Meditation ( 10 Min)
1. What does this passage says?
2. What has God reveals to me about God? Teaching about the Christian life?
3. What does God want me to do?
Prayer ( 10 Min)
1. Praise : Praise God for His attributes.
2. Thanksgiving : Thank him for what he has done.
3. Confession : Confess any sin that God reveals.
4. Supplication : Pray for your own needs.
5. Intercession : Pray for the needs of others.
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.