Signs and wisdom

“For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:” ~ 1 Corinthians 1:22

The Apostle Paul found himself among people, half of who sought wisdom, hence the existence of Socrates, Aristotle and Plato, the three great Greek philosophers whose worldly wisdom included politics, metaphysics and epistemological ideas…. while the other half, the Jews  required a sign….

Both had one important thing in common though: they did not walk by faith.

“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.” 1 Corinthians 1:21

The Greeks according to their worldly wisdom did not know God, how could they? Therefore considered the preaching of the gospel  foolishness as they could not gain anything from it via the standpoint of politics, metaphysics, their methods of validation,  heathen beliefs and personal opinions.

“But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;” ~ 1 Corinthians 1:23

The gospel was a stumbling block to the Jews because it is based on  faith alone, and the only sign available to them was that of the Lord Jesus Christ who most rejected anyway.

© Audrey Henry – 1 August 2018