“30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: 31 That, according as it is written, He that glories, let him glory in the Lord,”(1 Corinthians 1:30 – 31)
Many hold that the foolishness of God is an oxymoron. Two words that seemingly contradict each other, i.e. jumbo shrimp, honest politician, good devotional 😉 etc. When I read this oxymoron, “foolishness of God,” I thought, “now that is the ultimate oxymoron!” God being foolish — that is impossible! But as you look deeper into this and think through the Bible about all the seemingly foolish ways of God, the term takes on new meaning.
Remember in Genesis 6-8 when Noah, built a barge and barge parked in his “driveway” for 120 years, to save 8 people. In Judges 15:16 we read about how Samson kills thousands of Philistines with the jawbone of a donkey. In 1 Samuel 17 we read of the lowly shepherd boy, David, killing the giant Goliath. On and on throughout the Bible, God uses things that are foolish to the world, to shame the wise.
1. We are in Christ “But of him are you in Christ Jesus.” If I put a sponge in a bucket of water, is the water in the sponge or is the sponge in the water? In this scenario both are true. We are in Christ Jesus, because we have confessed and repented of our sins and put our faith in Jesus Christ. If one were about to jump out of a plane, it is not enough to believe in a parachute, one must put it on. We have put on the Lord Jesus Christ and our trust is in Him alone for our salvation.
2. We have wisdom in our lives. “God is made unto us wisdom”, The Scriptures say, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom…” To fear our Lord is the starting place of wisdom. How can we really claim to have anything useful as far as knowledge, if we don’t acknowledge the One in whom is life, and truth, the Creator God Himself?
3. We have [His] righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption Ro 3:22 “This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. 1Th 5:23 “May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through…” Ps 111:9 He provided redemption for his people; he ordained his covenant forever—holy and awesome is his name.
4. We Glorify the Lord “…He that glories, let him glory in the Lord.” When one realizes that they are in Christ, when one fears God, and has God’s righteousness, sanctification, and redemption imputed upon him or her, one must acknowledge that all of these things come not from flesh and blood but from God. “This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying “Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.”
The foolishness of God impacts people by impacting people inside with His spirit, so that they will give Him the glory for what He has done, in them, with them, and through them. The clay pot is only worth something because the Potter has formed the lump of clay into something fit for the Potter’s use. Isaiah said, in 64:8 “Yet, O LORD, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” The Potter gets the glory not the clay. In the foolishness of God, He works through us to receive glory from us. In the foolishness of God when He works in your life, who do you give the glory to? How will you give Him glory today?
Until the nets are filled…Blessings, Pastor Phil <><