The Foolish Wisdom of God
Paul continues his argument for the wisdom of God over against the wisdom of the world in 1 Corinthians 1:22-25. He points out that Jews look for signs and Gentiles look for wisdom, or for a way to understand the world and the gospel offends both of them. The gospel offends the Jew because it has become a stumbling block to them (Isaiah 8:14, 15. Matthew 11:6; 13:57. Luke 2:34. John 6:53–66. Romans 9:32, 33. Galatians 5:11. 1 Peter 2:8). And the gospel offends the Gentile because it seems like pure foolishness (v. 28; ch. 2:14). What is the offensive gospel? A crucified Christ. For a Jew, a crucified messiah was unthinkable since “cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”(Deuteronomy 21:23). Galatians reminds us that Christ became our curse that we might receive God’s blessing and it was necessary for him to do so in order to fulfill the law, righteousness and justice of God(Galatians 3:13-14). This foolish gospel offends the Jew and the Gentile in it’s wisdom.
But God calls/elects (Romans 8:28-30) both Jew and Gentile to be saved. “But to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God” (1:24). Jesus is the power of God (Romans 1:14-16) in that salvation belongs to God from start to finish (Romans 8:28-30, Ephesians 1:4-2:10), Jesus is the author and the perfecter of faith (Hebrews 12:1-3), and it is by his power we are saved. Christ is the wisdom of God, as in him are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge (Colossians 2:3), for no man has seen God, but Jesus has made him known to us (John 1:18). Thanks be to God for Jesus Christ, the foolish wisdom of God!