A Short Study of 1st Corinthians 1:21
“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.”
(I Corinthians 1:21)
What did the philosophy of Greece do for its disciples?
It made them ignorant worshipers of an “unknown God” (Acts 17:23). The inscription on their altar published to the universe their ignorance and shame.
How can I know God?
Where can I find Him?
Can science and philosophy tell me?
Have they ever told anyone?
“The world by wisdom knew not God.”
The schools of ancient philosophy could only plunge the human mind into darkness and hopeless bewilderment, and the schools of modern philosophy are not one bit better. They give no certainty, no safe anchorage, no solid ground of confidence, only hopeless speculation, torturing doubt, wild and baseless theory. That’s all human philosophy in any age or of any nation has to offer an earnest seeker of truth.
How then are we to know God?
If such a stupendous result hangs on this knowledge; if to know God is life eternal, and Jesus says it is (John 17:3), then how is He to be known?
“No man hath seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, He hath declared Him.”
Here we have the answer. Christ reveals God to the soul and reveals the Father to the heart. We are not sent to creation to learn who God is, though we see His power, wisdom and goodness there. We are not sent to the law, though we see His holiness and justice there. No, if we want to know Whom and What God is, we are to look into the face of Jesus Christ, Who dwelt in His bosom before all worlds, Who was His eternal delight, the object of His affections (2 Corinthians 4:6).
By Scott Richardson