A Short Study of 1st Corinthians 3:19

“For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.” (1st Corinthians 3:19)

The apostle Paul tells us that God has made foolish the wisdom of this world. All the world’s wisdom is but foolishness if it doesn’t answer the question or resolve the problem of how an infinitely holy and just God can justify sinners such as we are. All wisdom is foolishness that does not consider this the most important question of eternity. All wisdom is folly that does not consider this matter immediately and urgently! I was traveling once when I saw a sign by the road that said, “Jesus Is The Answer.” I thought, “How true…but the problem is that very few even know the question.” You see, Christ is only glorious as the Answer if you know the question. What is the question? How can God as He is, justify sinners such as we are? How can He maintain His honour, satisfy the claims of His justice, keep His law, magnify Himself in all His attributes, display His full glory and at the same time justify an innumerable company of sinners? The answer to this question is the good news of the gospel! The answer is the Answer, the Lord Jesus Christ.

“Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, {I say}, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.” (Romans 3:24-26)

If God is only just, all must perish because of sin. If God is only Justifier and seeks to justify at the expense of His justice, He ceases to be God. Only in Christ can He be and do both. That is why Christ is the Wisdom of God! The preaching of how God can be just and yet justify sinners in Christ is “foolishness” to some and a “stumblingblock” to others; but “unto them that are called…Christ the wisdom of God.” The Spirit of God reveals the glory of this wisdom in the face of Christ. “Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption. That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the LORD.” (1st Corinthians 1:30-31)

Thank God for His wisdom in Christ!

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