For I determined to know nothing among you save Jesus Christ and him as crucified (1 Cor. 2:2).
The ancients built the tower of Babel to scale the parapets of heaven. Athens erected her altars to gods known and unknown. Modern man acclaims six great religions as roads up the mountain to God. Today as yesterday, men are pinning their hopes on intellectual principles, survival values and ethical ideals.
On the other hand, the Christian faith is founded not on an idea but on a person. Paul presented that Person, Jesus Christ, and proclaimed him to us as crucified for our sins and as risen from the dead.
God came down for us and for our salvation in his only Son. In utter self-abnegation, he came all the way to the Cross of Calvary. He who was in the form of God took the form of a slave. The Most High became the most humble. Yet in that love and lowliness, God is still the Lord. For that man dying athwart the sky beyond the walls of Jerusalem is the Lord of Glory (1 Cor. 2:8). God revealed himself to us in Jesus Christ whose face can be seen only with the eyes of faith. Thus the apostolic procedure is to portray Christ as crucified for our sins, and to pray the Holy Spirit to bring men to faith by this testimony of God. It pleases God by the preaching of the Cross to save those who believe. As this Gospel is preached God puts us into Christ Jesus and makes him to be our wisdom, our righteousness, our sanctification and redemption.
Accordingly, this section of I Corinthians teaches us: first, how God does not reveal himself; secondly, how the Father of mercies opens the fellowship of his family to sinners; and thirdly, the applications thereof.
Not By Worldly Wisdom
First, God does not reveal himself to us sinners for our salvation ...1
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