For the last several posts on this blog we have been talking about why God empowers less intelligent, less accomplished people to be saved rather than the more intelligent and more respectable people. Today we look at the Apostle Paul’s conclusion, Here’s the first part of it:
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 (I Corinthians 1:30 NIV).
Paul is concluding here, that our salvation is all “because of him” (God) and not of our own wisdom. God has chosen to save sinners through by means of Jesus’ sacrifice so that they are “In Christ Jesus.” Once you are in Christ Jesus and fully relying on His strength you are safe, not only safe from hell, but from spiritual deception and true foolishness. Those of us who were naturally silly and foolish now have a wisdom that the intellectuals have failed to attain because Jesus “has become for us the wisdom of God.”
Paul clarifies here what this “wisdom of God” is. It is an understanding of the great, fundamental truths of existence that human brains cannot figure out without God’s help.
These truths are:
1. Righteousness. All humans have been given a basic understanding of right and wrong, and therefore are guilty of sin. But true believers are better to accurately define good and evil, and do what is good.
2. Holiness. Only true believers can be made “set apart” for God, undefiled by sin. People without the wisdom of God try to make themselves Holy by their own effort or following religious regulations, but you can only be made Holy by the intervening power of Jesus Christ. So the answer to your wickedness and unholiness is not just to try harder in your own effort, but repent of your sins, believe the gospel of Jesus Christ, and admit how much trouble you are in. God makes us Holy, we do not make ourselves Holy.
3. Redemption. The blood of Jesus Christ is the only thing that can redeem us from sin. It can rescue us from a destiny of causing sin and hurt to others, and change us into humble vessels that can be used by God to do eternal good.
And this is Paul’s final conclusion on the matter:
Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.” (I Corinthians 1:31 NIV).