Summary: Lent 3(B) - We preach Christ crucified: Christ crucified is God’s wisdom and Christ crucified is God’s strength for believers.

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February 24, 2008 –

LENT 3 -

1 Corinthians 1:21-25

INTRO: Let’s face it: man and God seldom think exactly the same way. The thoughts and mind of man does not agree too often with the thoughts and mind of God. Man in his selfish, self-centered life simply cannot earn salvation. But God in his unselfish, loving way provides eternal salvation as his free gift to man. God’s ways are not always our ways. "’For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the LORD. ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts’"(ISAIAH 55:8,9). The difficulty lies in the fact of our great difference with God. We are finite (limited) God is infinite (limitless). We are mortal, God immortal; sinful man, sinless God. It is through the cross of Christ that man and God are brought into agreement. God’s word through Paul serves as our theme:


The words and risen are added for those today who also deny Christ’s physical resurrection from the dead.

I. Christ crucified is God’s wisdom.

II. Christ crucified is God’s strength.


A. The apostle Paul makes it very clear that man’s wisdom does not match with the wisdom of God.

1. The wisdom of man and God are not even close, verse 21a. Man is born lost and condemned.

2. As an enemy of God man will not, cannot, know God. God’s wisdom comes to the rescue.

3. Verse 21b. The power of the preaching of God’s word saves. It changes men’s hearts.

B. In a world of foolish words the word of God is just the opposite. There is wisdom in God’s word.

1. There is still a problem, verse 22. Man’s sinful nature looks for and demands more.

2. Greeks look for wisdom. Wisdom was their god. God’s cross was to be their wisdom, v. 23.

C. There is only one conclusion when considering the mind and thoughts and ways of God, verse 25a.

1. The original does not have wisdom. God’s foolishness is wiser than man. Period, totally.

2. The original also reveals that foolishness means a specific act. The foolish act of God wiser….

D. Humanly speaking we might think of a few foolish acts of God. God created a perfect world. God placed humans in that perfection who had only one choice – to choose evil. They already lived in perfection. It was foolish to think that man would make the right choice. Then, then God does not destroy them. God demands payment for their sin AND God promises that deliverance. Later, on the cross God’s own Son pays the price for the prideful disobedience of man. That sure seems foolish. You and I would have gotten even with Adam and Eve for destroying perfection. Thankfully we are not. All of this happened according to God’s plan, God’s wisdom. "But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons"(GALATIANS 4:4,5). In God’s great wisdom, we who are sinners, are made his children, by grace!

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