My daily exploration of the Bible, taking it one chapter at a time. If I do it everyday, it'll take 1189 days.



Monday, October 15, 2007

1 Corinthians 1

A new way of thinking

Summary:
From Paul and Sosthenes to the Corinthian Christians. You guys rock. But you keep on quarrelling. It doesn't matter if Peter, Apollos or I baptised you, you are all under Christ who is not divided. I just bring a message.

This message is ridiculous if you don't know God. Those who appear smart don't get it. Jews want one thing, Gentiles want another. What we say frustrated them both. But the chosen get it. God's foolishness is better than any person's wisdom.

You guys aren't particularly smart. You aren't the top of society, but God chose you to prove everyone else wrong. That way, no-one deserves to boast.

Key verse:
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.

My thoughts:
I could choose so many more key verses, because there's heaps here! 1 Corinthians 1-3 are awesome passages for the relationship between intellectual academia and faith. It basically is a big call to revise priorities in some people's thinkings. It is especially relevant in our society, where many people still follow the view that humanity and science can and will figure it all out. God, and these passages, call for a different approach. It is a humbling view of human abilities. It call all our greatest wisdom comparative foolishness in light of faith. That is a radically different way of thinking.

Anywho, Sosthenes co-authors this letter. He was beaten by his colleagues for refusing to testify against Paul. It appears that he has become a convert to Christianity, and a significant one at that.

These are going up a bit out of order due to my stupidity. Who knew there was a Romans 16?

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