What We Were and What We Received When We Accepted Christ
Jesse M. Hendley
First Corinthians 1
If you have your Bibles, friends, I would like for you to turn with me to First Corinthians, chapter 1.
We found in this tremendous chapter 1 that THE WORLD'S WISDOM and answer to the great problems of the human race, of war and race and liquor and lust and sin and death and the future world, IS NOT THE ANSWER. The world, in its own wisdom cannot find The Answer! All it can say is, "We do not know GOD. We need Somebody Bigger than we are to handle all these problems. We cannot handle them. And we do not know God."
God's Wisdom, God's Way, is FAITH in the Cross. It works now and will work forever! That is a wonderful thing to know, friends. God's Wisdom is, "Through the foolishness of preaching TO SAVE THEM THAT BELIEVE." Verse 21.
There is an important thing for us to see here. The wisdom, the philosophy of saving man from his wretched condition, the way out of all of his problems, CANNOT BE MET by man's reasoning. But GOD HAS PROVIDED A WAY. It called "The Wisdom of God," and "God's Way." The world's way is called The Wisdom of the World." The Wisdom of the World HAS NOT WORKED and WILL NOT WORK.
Ever since Adam, man has been thinking about war, liquor, lust, death, the future world - all these great problems. They are still unanswered by human reasoning. But THEY ARE ANSWERED by God in His Wisdom. God has worked out a way whereby man can have the victory over all these terrible conditions he is in in this present world that have been brought on by sin!
Now, what IS God's Wisdom?
Verse 21: "Seeing that in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom KNEW NOT GOD, it was God's Good Pleasure through the foolishness of preaching TO SAVE them that believe."
Now, this means the Preaching of the Cross. It is "foolishness" to Gentiles and "a stumbling-block" to Jews.
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