July 8, Reading 3 – 1 Corinthians 1

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SAA Notes

Corinth was a cosmopolitan and hedonistic town – just like any modern city. The church suffered from materialism, party spirit, confusion over moral issues, and a legalism over incidentals. First, Paul approaches the twin problems of pride and arrogance. What does he highlight?

SJA Notes

* God Above, please write Your word on our hearts today, that we might not sin against You.

“For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”

We should not be surprised when people think we are foolish in holding to God’s word.

It can be hard when, even for those close friends and family, those who would know us best – When they consider us fools.

But God is our wisdom.

We will be fools in the eyes of the world.

“But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise;”

But we are not those who boast in ourselves as the primary source of wisdom.

We do not believe we are the master of our fates, or the captains of our souls.

Our wisdom, our world-view, our ideology, our belief – It rests in God’s word, the word of the cross.

The King of Creation sent Himself to be hung on a cross for the salvation of a people who were His enemies.

This is foolishness to the world, but to us the people of God it is His power writ large and clear!

Hallelujah for that!

* God Almighty,

Thank You for Christ crucified, Your wisdom, righteousness and sanctification and redemption.

Thank You for Your word to us, for THE WORD become flesh – Our King Jesus.

Thank You for saving us from the just penalty for our sin.

Amen.

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