The Crossroads of Faith and Wisdom

For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.  For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.

I Corinthians 1:21-24

The preaching of Jesus Christ’s death on the cross for our sins was, to the Jews, a stumblingblock, and, to the Greeks, foolishness.  Both groups just couldn’t accept it, but for different reasons.

The Jews lacked faith.  They wanted a sign.  They couldn’t accept His Word.  They couldn’t accept the preaching of the cross of Christ.  They wanted to see something with their own eyes and handle it with their own hands.  They wanted God to send down fire from Heaven or something.  They stumbled at the idea of accepting Christ by faith.

The Greeks, on the other hand, were obsessed with obtaining wisdom.  They were always looking for something new.  To them, the preaching of the cross and the very idea of Jesus Christ dying on a cross for their sins was foolishness.  There wasn’t enough “wisdom” in it.  They expected something far more complex and mentally demanding.  But, in their search for great wisdom, they walked right past the simple wisdom of the gospel.

Those two groups of people missed the Saviour.  But He is there – right at the crossroads of faith and wisdom.  We need to have faith to believe in Him Whom we have not seen, and we need wisdom to understand who He is and what we are.  When those things come together, we see our need of Him, and we put our faith in Him.  And that is a beautiful thing!


2 responses to this post.

  1. That IS a beautiful thing, Ben! Thank you and God bless . . .and Happy Thanksgiving too!


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