Since the world has not come to know God through her wisdom, God, in His wisdom, chose to use the foolishness of preaching to save those in the world who believe (I Corinthians 1:21). In this same first chapter of I Corinthians, we find the Apostle Paul explaining the simplicity of the message of salvation. It is not the usual great and grand mythological accounts that the gentiles have come to expect nor is it accompanied with God, in all His mighty glory, descending with devastating thunder and flashing lightning on Mt. Sinai to personally deliver His commandments to His people, as the Jews have come to expect.
No, God chose to save the world through a Jewish babe born in an animal manger who grew up as a blue collar working man (a carpenter) and would die as a spotless lamb on a Roman cross becoming God’s sacrifice for the sins of the entire world.
It is just that simple!
But listen to the Holy Spirit explain through Paul’s behind-the-scenes account of God’s reasoning for the simplicity of the message of salvation starting in the 18th verse of I Corinthians chapter one (KJV),
(18)”For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.”
(19)”For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.”
(20)”Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
(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.
(22)”For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:”
Paul lays out one of the biggest problem that hinders man’s faith in Christ and Him crucified- his pride. It is this stubborn pride that leads people to look and away from God and find the most complicated solutions to the biggest problems that plague our world. Anything that is too simple would seem to mock the in-depth brilliance found in the various human sciences and systematic disciplines that govern society’s progress.
Yet, we find that God has decided in the annals of eternity past not to use the wisdom or brilliance of man. Listen and Learn as Paul continues to lay out God’s plan to save the world,
(23)”But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;”
(24)”But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.”
(25)”Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.”
(26)”For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:”
(27)”But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;”(KJV)
Basically, God is not impressed with the wisdom behind our science and knowledge.
Why Is God Not Impressed With Our Genius?
He knows better than anybody what we really need to in order to be saved and it is not more worldly wisdom it is Godly wisdom, which only comes through a child-like dependence on God. Therefore, the simplicity of the message of salvation is complete trust and faith in the power God alone to save and deliver us. And, it is the acceptance of the foolishness of our brilliance and the brilliance of God’s simplicity.
It is summarized in John 3:16,
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (KJV) A-MEN
With a simple child-like faith, won’t you ask Jesus to forgive your sins and cleanse you from all unrighteousness. Denounce all sin and Satan in any form. And ask Jesus to come into your heart and be your Lord and Savior. He will really do it if you ask believing.