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The message of cross is treated as foolish by those who do not believe, but don’t let that discourage you for the cross is your salvation!

BibleGateway: 1 Corinthians 1:18-25

ESV Text: 1 Corinthians 1:18-25

1 Corinthians 1:18–25 (Listen)

Christ the Wisdom and Power of God

18 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. 19 For it is written,


  “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
    and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”

20 Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach1 to save those who believe. 22 For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, 24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

Footnotes

[1] 1:21 Or the folly of preaching

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KJV Text:

The section starts at about 2:7 and ends at about 3:9

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18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. 20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? 21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. 22 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: 23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; 24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. 25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 207 (LSB 548):
Like the Golden Sun Ascending

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1. Like the golden sun ascending, 
Breaking through the gloom of night, 
On the earth his glory spending 
So that darkness takes to flight, 
Thus my Jesus from the grave 
And Death’s dismal, dreadful cave 
Rose triumphant Easter morning 
At the early purple dawning. 

2. Thanks to Thee, O Christ victorious! 
Thanks to Thee, O Lord of Life! 
Death hath now no power o’er us, 
Thou hast conquered in the strife. 
Thanks because Thou didst arise 
And hast opened Paradise! 
None can fully sing the glory 
Of the resurrection story. 

3. Though I be by sin o’ertaken, 
Though I lie in helplessness, 
Though I be by friends forsaken 
And must suffer sore distress, 
Though I be despised, contemned, 
And by all the world condemned, 
Though the dark grave yawn before me, 
Yet the light of hope shines o’er me. 

4. Thou hast died for my transgression, 
All my sins on Thee were laid; 
Thou hast won for me salvation, 
On the cross my debt was paid. 
From the grave I shall arise 
And shall meet Thee in the skies. 
Death itself is transitory; 
I shall lift my head in glory. 

5. Grant me grace, O blessed Savior, 
And Thy Holy Spirit send 
That my walk and my behavior 
May be pleasing to the end; 
That I may not fall again 
Into death’s grim pit and pain, 
Whence by grace Thou hast retrieved me 
And from which Thou hast relieved me. 

6. For the joy Thy advent gave me, 
For Thy holy, precious Word; 
For Thy Baptism, which doth save me, 
For Thy blest Communion board; 
For Thy death, the bitter scorn, 
For Thy resurrection morn, 
Lord, I thank Thee and extol Thee, 
And in heaven I shall behold Thee.