Mmmm Fresh Chinese Tofu at Yumcha Mmmm
In Australia, we have amazing, authentic Asian food!
But that’s not the only food that is mouth-watering.
At Bible College this semester, I’m eating the delicious New Testament.
18 For the message of the cross is foolishness 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;
the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.’
20 Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?
21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.
22 Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom,
23 but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling-block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles…
1 Corinthians 1:18-23
We have started learning about the 1st letter to the Corinthians in class.
Corinth was an important trading centre in Ancient Greece.
Greek culture was focussed on philosophy, education and knowledge.
Paul wrote to the newly established church about the gospel of Jesus.
Jesus died on a cross so that his followers could be saved from eternal death.
Christians cannot save themselves but rely solely on Jesus.
No one can earn their way to heaven by being good – it’s impossible.
Instead Jesus is the only way to heaven and eternal life.
This concept seemed crazy to Greeks in Corinth.
They preferred human wisdom and human philosophy.
But all their accumulated knowledge did not prevent them from dying.
Fast forward 2000 years to the modern age we live in now.
There have been incredible advances in science and technology.
Our educated society admires highly intelligent professors and doctors.
But they still haven’t found a cure for death.
Humans think they are so smart that they don’t need God in their lives.
In reality we are not in control of our lives and cannot predict when we will die.
The message of the cross and faith in Jesus seems foolish to modern scientists.
But even modern scientists are powerless in the face of death.
Christians rely on the power of God to save – this is true wisdom.
God’s wisdom gives hope and comfort in an unpredictable world.
Christians aren’t afraid of death because it is the doorway to eternal life.
Are you afraid of dying?
Will all your knowledge and education prevent death?
What will happen to you after you die?
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