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"But God chose the foolish things"

Jan 15, 2016 08:56 PM EST

1Corinthians 1:26 Brothers, 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.

1:27 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.

1:28 He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things--and the things that are not--to nullify the things that are,

1:29 so that no one may boast before him.

1:30 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.

1:31 Therefore, as it is written: "Let him who boasts boast in the Lord."

Here, Apostle Paul says "think of what you were when you were called" to the brothers who were in Corinth. He means to see whether there is anyone who ware wise or influential or noble. It sounds like insulting remarks since his words let them look at their miserable situation.

However, the Apostle keeps talking,

1:27 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.

1:28 He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things--and the things that are not--to nullify the things that are,

1:29 so that no one may boast before him.

In the worldly perspective, they were foolish, weak, humble, and obscure. That's true. That is our image. But God didn't choose ones who were from noble family or smart, or great.

1Corinthians 4:9 For it seems to me that God has put us apostles on display at the end of the procession, like men condemned to die in the arena. We have been made a spectacle to the whole universe, to angels as well as to men.

This is what Apostle Paul had experienced in his mission. Even it seemed to him that God put the apostles "on display at the end of the processions, like men condemned to die in the arena". He says they "have been made a spectacle to the whole universe".

1Corinthians 4:13 when we are slandered, we answer kindly. Up to this moment we have become the scum of the earth, the refuse of the world.

They became "the scum", such a dirty, disgusting thing. So many people made a mock of the life of the Apostles and slandered them. God opened the great history of life through using "the scum of the earth" as manure, however.

God calls the weak, the foolish, and the dull, and appoints the person to be the owner of the Kingdom of Heaven. Let's meditate on 1Corinthians 1:27-29 deeply. We were called in His great plan and used for fulfillment of His beautiful dream. Therefore, do not self-torture, do not give up all hope because of your weak or flaws. Let's chew over the deep meaning of God's calling toward us again.