by Dr. Ed Young

H. Edwin Young
November 10, 1985
I Corinthians 1:26-2:5

In I Corinthians, chapters one through four, we have the
contrast between the wisdom of God and the wisdom of man.
The word of the cross is contrasted with the philosophy
of man.

And Paul has been dealing in some high-sounded theological
terminology and all of a sudden it seems like in verse
twenty-six of this first chapter, he says, "Wait a minute!
Hold everything, stop right where you are. Let's get it
all together. Let's have a period of summation." And he
calls for the church at Corinth to remember some things.
It's a call to remembrance. He says, "Remember your
calling." That's verse twenty-six of the first chapter
to the end of that chapter.

And then he said, "Remember my coming." Remember when I
came to you. And Paul gets real autobiographical beginning
with verse one through verse five of the second chapter of
I Corinthians. It's a call to remembrance.

First of all, he wants those Corinthians to remember who
they are. Do you ever forget who you are? You say, "You
know, I've never forgotten my name." No? Do you remember
your moorings, your roots? Do you spend time in moments of
reminiscing about where you were born and reared and what
happened in your life? And your pilgrimage as to how you
got where you are today? We see this in verse twenty-six.
Look at it, Paul says, For consider your calling, brethren,
that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not
many mighty, not many noble. Notice it doesn't say there
were not "any." It says there were not many."

Lady Hamilton was born of royal blood and she said she was
saved by an "M." She said if Paul had said not "any," she
would have been excluded. But she was born of nobility and
she was a beautiful Christian. She said not "many," I'm
part of the not "many."

Paul was saying to those at the church at Corinth, "You are
not men and women of st ...

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