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Day 5: In Christ Alone

Friday, August 27th, 2010

1 Corinthians 1:18-31 (TNIV)

18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written:
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise;
the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”

20 Where are the wise? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. 22 Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 24but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.

26 Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him. 30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31 Therefore, as it is written: “Let those who boast boast in the Lord.”

Reflection:

Christ’s work on the cross was scandalous to this world.  It ignited a revolution that was so unexpected and unconventional.  To those who reject Christ, it is offensive and it seems like utter foolishness.  Yet, God’s ways and His wisdom are not like human ways or understanding.  This was God’s plan of salvation all along, and it is only by the Holy Spirit’s power that people can truly receive this work of salvation.  Who can believe or understand this by themselves?  This gospel message cannot be achieved through the best human intellect or achievement but must be received as a gift.  As those who have received this gift of salvation, we can properly boast not in our own achievements but in the Lord. We can boast about the message of the cross because it is the saving power of God demonstrated and actively at work in us.  We can be encouraged that God will use us in powerful and mighty ways as we rely not on ourselves but on his strength and wisdom.

Response:

We live in a world that boasts so much in itself, but as God’s people, our boasting is in Christ.  As Paul exhorts us in vs. 26 – let’s remember what we were when God lovingly called us to Himself.  When we were least deserving, and utterly unable to rescue ourselves, God saved us through Jesus Christ.  We had nothing to boast about, but now Christ has become our righteousness, holiness, and redemption!  Let’s live as a people who boast in Christ alone, in who He is and what He has done for us.  With boldness, let’s anticipate what God will do in us and through us.  Let’s pray that God would use us in powerful and mighty ways as we rely on His wisdom, His ways, and His saving power.  Let’s spend time praying for all our communities and campus fellowships in this way.

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