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January 21 Evening Verse of The Day

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1:25 The foolishness (as perceived by the world) of God is wiser than the wisdom of man. The term translated “foolishness” refers to the foolish content of the message preached—the offensive message of Christ crucified.[1]

1:25. The Cross represents the foolishness of God which is wiser than the wisdom of humankind. Also the Cross represents the weakness of God, which is stronger in all of its saving capacity than all of humanity’s most powerful efforts. What God accomplished through the death of Christ on the Cross contradicts the human concepts of wisdom and power. In fact it achieves what human wisdom and power failed to achieve—the salvation of mankind.

The Greek translation of Jer 9:23–24 lies behind the next section (vv 26–31).

In the Jeremiah passage, the Lord commands the wise man, mighty man, and the rich man not to boast in their wisdom, strength, or wealth, but in their knowledge of Him.[2]

1:25 Actually there is neither foolishness nor weakness with God. But the apostle is saying in verse 25 that what seems to be foolishness on God’s part, in the eyes of men, is actually wiser than men at their very best. Also, what seems to be weakness on God’s part, in the eyes of men, turns out to be stronger than anything that men can produce.[3]

1:25. Paul closed this paragraph by explaining how a person could accept the way of salvation in Christ as wise when most people considered it foolish. Believers have come to recognize something about the gospel of the crucified Christ: it is wiser than man’s wisdom. In other words, the message of Christ peers into reality in ways that far exceed any human wisdom.

Moreover, the gospel is stronger than man’s strength. People cannot rescue themselves from bondage to sin or its punishment by their own power. Human wisdom is unable to conquer “the wages of sin” (Rom. 6:23), that is, death. Even so, the good news of Christ rescues and delivers. It overcomes even death (2 Tim. 1:10). Those who believe the gospel know the reality of its wisdom and power. For this reason, they exalt nothing above Christ and his saving work.[4]

1:25 “the foolishness of God is wiser than man” This is an OT theme (cf. Isa. 55:8–9). It is repeated in 1 Cor. 1:18, 21, 23. This is the term mōros. It and its other forms are used often by Paul in his Corinthian letters.

1.    mōros (foolish), 1 Cor. 1:25, 27; 3:18; 4:10

2.    mōria (foolishnes), 1 Cor. 1:18, 21, 23; 2:14; 3:19

3.    mopainō (made foolish), 1 Cor. 1:20

© “the weakness of God is stronger than men” This is basically asserting God’s incomparable greatness. He is even magnified through human weakness (cf. 1 Cor. 12:5, 7–10). It may refer to the apparent “failure” of Jesus’ death from a purely human point of view (cf. 2 Cor. 13:4), yet in reality it was a victory of eternal consequences!

The gospel, the victory, is all of God and not of mankind.[5]

25. So Paul rounds off this section with the conclusion that what in God proud man is wont to dub foolishness is wiser than man’s wisdom. Paul does not use the word ‘foolishness’ (mōria) as in vv. 18, 21, 23, but says ‘the foolish thing’ (mōron), i.e. the cross. So with the weakness; the cross is ‘the weak thing’ of God that is stronger than anything man can produce.

The sign-seeking Jews were blind to the significance of the greatest sign of all when it was before them. The wisdom-loving Greeks could not discern the most profound wisdom of all when they were confronted with it.[6]

25. For the foolishness of God. While the Lord deals with us in such a way as to seem to act foolishly, because he does not exhibit his wisdom, what appears foolishness surpasses in wisdom all the ingenuity of men. Farther, while God appears to act with weakness, in consequence of his concealing his power, that weakness, as it is reckoned, is stronger than any power of men. We must, however, always keep it in view, that there is a concession, as I have noticed a little ago. For no one can but perceive, that in strict propriety neither foolishness nor weakness can be ascribed to God, but it was necessary, by such ironical expressions, to beat down the mad presumption of the flesh, which does not scruple to rob God of all his glory.[7]

Ver. 25.—The foolishness of God … the weakness of God; the method, that is, whereby God works, and which men take to be foolish and weak, because with arrogant presumption they look upon themselves as the measure of all things. But God achieves the mightiest ends by the humblest means, and the gospel of Christ allied itself from the first, not with the world’s strength and splendour, but with all which the world despised as mean and feeble—with fishermen and tax-gatherers, with slaves, and women, and artizans. The lesson was specially needful to the Corinthians, whom Cicero describes (‘De Leg. Age,’ ii. 32) as “famous, not only for their luxuriousness, but also for their wealth and philosophic culture.”[8]

1:25 the foolishness of God … the weakness of God. Paul’s argument has come full circle. Obviously, he is not suggesting that anything God does is foolish or weak; he is giving a climactic comparative statement on God and humans. The stage is now set for a direct application of his argument to the individual church members.[9]

1:25 / Finally, Paul summarizes his argument in this whole section by making a theological pronouncement in this verse. He declares that God’s wisdom or power expressed in the cross of Christ renders worldly wisdom into foolishness as a demonstration of the reality of the power of God. God shows himself to be both wiser and stronger than humans, who cannot predict or control God![10]

25 Christ crucified as God’s power, and therefore God’s wisdom, at work in the world is the ultimate contradiction. Paul now brings closure to his argument by grounding the historical outworking of that reality in a theological axiom: God is both wiser and more powerful than mere human beings. But he says that by keeping intact the paradoxical language of the paragraph. To the perishing the cross is folly; and so it is—God’s folly, which because it is God’s thing turns out to be “wiser than [human] wisdom.” In the cross God “outsmarted” his human creatures and thereby nullified their wisdom. In the same cross God also “overpowered” his enemies, with lavish grace and forgiveness, and thereby divested them of their strength.

Thus played out before human eyes is the scandalous and contradictory wisdom of God. Had God consulted us for wisdom we could have given him a more workable plan, something that would attract the sign-seeker and the lover of wisdom. As it is, in his own wisdom he left us out of the consultation. We are thus left with the awful risk: trust God and be saved by his wise folly, or keep up our pretensions and perish. Better the former, because this “weakness of God is stronger than [human] strength”; it accomplishes that which all human pretensions cannot do. It brings one into “fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord” (v. 9).

One can scarcely conceive of a more important—and more difficult—passage for the church today than this one. It is difficult, for the very reason it was in Corinth. We simply cannot abide the scandal of God’s doing things his way, without our help. And to do it by means of such weakness and folly! But we have often succeeded in blunting the scandal by symbol, or creed, or propositions. God will not be so easily tamed, and, freed from its shackles, the preaching of the cross alone has the power to set people free. Paul does not tell us how so here, but the whole story makes it plain. In the death of his Son, God has judged us who were responsible for it. Christ has thereby not only taken on himself our sins and guilt and “removed them.” He has disarmed us in the divine presence by forgiving us when we richly deserved death. Thus forgiven we are set free not only from our sins but to become his new people in the world. It thus achieves what the god of human expectations cannot achieve—it creates disciples who will trust in him for life. Such “weakness” in God is scandalous to those who think of themselves as righteous and thus in no need of forgiveness; but to those who recognize themselves as in need of mercy this is the good news that sets us free to follow him. Thus this weakness is also the ultimate power, and therefore the final wisdom of God.[11]

25 Paul summarizes and brings to a conclusion this stage of his argument, that God’s revealed way of salvation, while it may appear foolish and weak, is in fact the only way to be saved. Thus “the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength.” The most insignificant thought of God is wiser than the most profound thought a human being can come up with. And when unleashed, the tiniest particle of earthly matter (the atom; cf. its power in the sun) created by God is more powerful than any human strength. Although Paul was not aware of the structure of the universe according to atomic theory, he certainly is expressing a profound truth here.[12]


[1] Tomlinson, F. A. (2017). 1 Corinthians. In E. A. Blum & T. Wax (Eds.), CSB Study Bible: Notes (p. 1813). Holman Bible Publishers.

[2] Hunt, D. L. (2010). The First Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians. In R. N. Wilkin (Ed.), The Grace New Testament Commentary (p. 716). Grace Evangelical Society.

[3] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments (A. Farstad, Ed.; p. 1750). Thomas Nelson.

[4] Pratt, R. L., Jr. (2000). I & II Corinthians (Vol. 7, pp. 22–23). Broadman & Holman Publishers.

[5] Utley, R. J. (2002). Paul’s Letters to a Troubled Church: I and II Corinthians: Vol. Volume 6 (p. 24). Bible Lessons International.

[6] Morris, L. (1985). 1 Corinthians: an introduction and commentary (Vol. 7, p. 52). InterVarsity Press.

[7] Calvin, J., & Pringle, J. (2010). Commentaries on the Epistles of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians (Vol. 1, p. 88). Logos Bible Software.

[8] Spence-Jones, H. D. M., ed. (1909). 1 Corinthians (p. 8). Funk & Wagnalls Company.

[9] Vang, P. (2014). 1 Corinthians (M. L. Strauss, Ed.; p. 31). Baker Books.

[10] Soards, M. L. (2011). 1 Corinthians (p. 43). Baker Books.

[11] Fee, G. D. (1987). The First Epistle to the Corinthians (pp. 77–78). Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

[12] Verbrugge, V. D. (2008). 1 Corinthians. In T. Longman III &. Garland, David E. (Ed.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Romans–Galatians (Revised Edition) (Vol. 11, p. 270). Zondervan.

Seven-fold Blessing — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

“..the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name”  Ephesians  3:14-15


Spiritual blessings begin with a revelation of God as Abba Father. Be blessed with a love relationship with Him. He wants you to know Jesus personally and grow in Him. Be blessed to desire righteousness that conforms you to the will and ways of God. He wants to give you holy joy in abiding in Him.

Be blessed with emotional blessings. Jesus is your healer of emotions. He releases healing to remove rejection, failure, and shame. Choose forgiveness for yourself and others. Be blessed with peace and joy to replace fear and anxiety (Matthew. 10:13) because God never fails. In Him you can have strong hope to believe Him for His promises.

Be blessed with knowing your personal value in Christ. You are of great worth to your heavenly Father. Let Him show you how He sees you in His Son. Receive His favor and His heart for you.

Be blessed with right relationships with others. Let God direct you to right loyalties and wholesome friendships that encourage your life with Him. May you live in healthy community with others.

Be blessed with mental blessing to remove blinders of deception from your mind, so that you will know the truth and have godly wisdom and discernment, knowing good and doing it.

Be blessed with God’s health and safety for all physical needs. Lean in to God’s strength and protection.

Be blessed in all your labors that God has authored. May your work or studies prosper in the provision of His hands. Acknowledge that He is your source and provider.

I pray blessings. I speak blessings. I choose to be a blessing.

By Sylvia Gunter
Used by Permission
From:  Blessing For Life: Word Of Hope and Healing


Further Reading

•   God is my Delight

•  HE IS!  A great poem

•  Salvation Explained

Seven-fold Blessing — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

Acquiring Spiritual Discernment — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

“For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he will instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 2:16


With so much deception in the world, every believer needs spiritual discernment. Although we have access to God’s wisdom, it’s not something we automatically possess. Rather, it must be diligently sought. And His Word is the place to start, because spiritual discernment comes only when we know the truth and can think scripturally about every situation we encounter.

It’s foolish to think that our own wisdom is sufficient to guide us. The human mind, while rational, is incapable of seeing the true nature of many situations and events. What is good may not always be best, and what is presented as truth is sometimes a lie. Pride in our own judgment hinders access to godly wisdom.

In contrast, regularly partaking of God’s Word develops our insight. As the Holy Spirit of truth illuminates our mind and interprets the Scriptures, we increasingly see life from God’s perspective. Through the Spirit and the Word, we have a direct link to the very mind of Christ). From Genesis to Revelation, God is revealing His thoughts, principles, and wisdom so we can live accordingly in any situation.

Read: 1 Corinthians 2:6-16

By Dr. Charles Stanley
Used by Permission


Further Reading

•  Can We Believe the Bible? By Max Lucado

•  A Bible Study on Waiting on God

•  Salvation Explained

Acquiring Spiritual Discernment — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

The Bible and its Story: Samson and the Lion

It is painful to note how the type of man who “judged” Israel, degenerated with the passing years. Othniel, the first judge, had been apparently a man after Joshua’s own type, pure in heart and strong in God. Gideon, too, though at first wavering in faith, was wise and self-restrained and resolute. But Jephthah, despite his earnestness, was a semi-barbarian, savage and vindictive, groping dimly for that God whom he scarce understood. As for Samson, the last of the judges, it was by physical force alone that he was “mighty in Israel.”

‎From his youth Samson drew attention by his marvelous strength, though he was a silent, uncommunicative lad, as those of huge thews are apt to be. His first recorded feat is the slaying of a young lion which “roared against him.” Samson was wholly unarmed; but instead of fleeing, as another man would have done, he seized the lion in his bare hands and tore the beast asunder. Afterward going back to see the carcass where he had thrown it, he found that bees had stored honey in the shelter of the bones. In his silent way he gave the honey to his father and mother, but told them nothing of his deed.

by Julius A. Bewer; Charles F. Horne

Walk in Light (Part 1 of 4) – Programs – Truth For Life

Before-and-after pictures are common in advertising, showing us the difference a product can make. But creative marketing can’t bring about the change we need; for that, we need Christ. Find out how He transforms lives, on Truth For Life with Alistair Begg. 
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Does Christianity Promote Patriarchy? (Video) — Cold Case Christianity

Is Christianity misogynistic? Does Christianity teach that men are in some way superior to women? Students from the King’s Academy discusses these questions with J. Warner on the King’s Academy YouTube Channel.

To see more training videos with J. Warner and Jimmy Wallace, visit the YouTube playlist.

For more information about the impact Jesus and His followers had on science, read Person of Interest: Why Jesus Still Matters in a World That Rejects the Bible. This unique and innovative book makes a case for the historicity and Deity of Jesus from history alone, without relying on the New Testament manuscripts. It contains over 400 illustrations and is accompanied by a ten-session Person of Interest DVD Set (and Investigator’s Guide) to help individuals or small groups examine the evidence and make the case.

Does Christianity Promote Patriarchy? (Video) — Cold Case Christianity

Alexander Vilenkin: “All the evidence we have says that the universe had a beginning”

WINTERY KNIGHT

I’ve decided to explain why physicists believe that there was a creation event in this post. That is to say, I’ve decided to let famous cosmologist Alexander Vilenkin do it.

From Uncommon Descent.

Excerpt:

Did the cosmos have a beginning? The Big Bang theory seems to suggest it did, but in recent decades, cosmologists have concocted elaborate theories – for example, an eternally inflating universe or a cyclic universe – which claim to avoid the need for a beginning of the cosmos. Now it appears that the universe really had a beginning after all, even if it wasn’t necessarily the Big Bang.

At a meeting of scientists – titled “State of the Universe” – convened last week at Cambridge University to honor Stephen Hawking’s 70th birthday, cosmologist Alexander Vilenkin of Tufts University in Boston presented evidence that the universe is not eternal after all, leaving scientists at a loss to…

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Fauci’s 2020 financial records reveal investments in multiple Chinese companies

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 • Natural News – Ramon Tomey

According to a Breitbart report, Fauci held investments in Chinese companies through the Matthews Pacific Tiger Fund (MPTF). Its September 2021 fact sheet said that 42.7 percent of investors’ money were directed to companies based in Hong Kong and mainland China.

Three of the 10 companies with MPTF assets are based in China. These include drug manufacturer Wuxi Biologics and technology firms Tencent and Alibaba. Two firms – insurance company AIA Group and Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing – were based in the special administrative region.

Fauci’s financial records also revealed other investments outside MPTF. His $10.4 million portfolio include stakes in large-cap mutual funds and investment-grade bond funds. He also had investments in the Pax Ellevate Global Women’s Leadership Fund, which promotes the inclusion of women into company leadership positions.

As they prepare to strap N95 masks on your kids, enjoy this early 2020 flashback to nurses showing the brutal effects of wearing them all day

Many health officials seem to be quietly scrambling away from the whole wear-a-piece-of-cotton-across-your-face-to-stop-a-respiratory-virus thing and have established a new standard in which we should all be wearing N95 masks whenever we go out.

Source: As they prepare to strap N95 masks on your kids, enjoy this early 2020 flashback to nurses showing the brutal effects of wearing them all day

Pfizer Trials: All Injected Mothers Lost Their Unborn Babies

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 • https://www.globalresearch.ca By Dr. Mark Trozzi

Please recall our November 23, 2021 post titled “The FDA and Pfizer are a Match Made in Hell”.

There we described how the FDA took only 108 days to approve Pfizer’s injection, but wanted 55 years to produce the documents!

Thankfully Public Health and Medical Professionals for Transparency filed a lawsuit after the FDA denied their request to expedite the release of the records, and the records are being released, albeit still too slowly.

Among the first reports handed over by Pfizer was a ‘Cumulative Analysis of Post-authorization Adverse Event Reports’ describing events reported to Pfizer up until February 2021. You can download this entire report here.

Look at table 6 from this Pfizer report. It is titled “Missing Information”. Its first heading under the topic “Missing Information” is “Use in pregnancy and lactation”. It includes this paragraph:

“Pregnancy outcomes for the 270 pregnancies were reported as spontaneous abortion (23), outcome pending (5), premature birth with neonatal death, spontaneous abortion with intrauterine death (2 each), spontaneous abortion with neonatal death, and normal outcome (1 each). No outcome was provided for 238 pregnancies (note that 2 different outcomes were reported for each twin, and both were counted).”

On the surface this states that of 270 pregnancies, there were 23 spontaneous abortions, 5 “outcomes pending”, 2 premature birth with neonatal death, 2 spontaneous abortions with intrauterine death, 1 spontaneous abortion with neonatal death, and 1 normal outcome. But note also “no outcome was provided for 238 pregnancies”.

March for Life draws massive crowds to DC as Supreme Court appears ready to roll back abortion rights, overturn Roe v. Wade — Conservative Review

Tens of thousands of pro-life advocates gathered in Washington, D.C., Friday for the 2022 March for Life, declaring their support for the unborn and calling for an end to abortion in the United States. They’ve been doing it since 1973, the same year that abortion rights were deemed “constitutional” as a result of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Roe v. Wade.

Now, nearly a half-century later, their dreams may become a reality.

This year, the Supreme Court is widely expected to overturn or at least dramatically roll back abortion rights established in Roe when it issues a ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a case that concerns a Mississippi law that bans most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

During oral arguments last year, conservative justices on the nation’s top court appeared inclined to side with the state in the case. Such a ruling — which is set to be issued this summer — would necessitate a drastic reinterpretation of abortion rights since legal precedents on the issue stem directly from Roe and a 1992 ruling, Planned Parenthood v. Casey, that reaffirmed Roe.

If Roe is overturned, abortion would be outlawed in at least a dozen states, with many other states now drafting legislation to join the list.

Something ‘big’ is coming

The real prospect that abortion could be outlawed in large swaths of the country has reinvigorated pro-life advocates at this year’s 49th annual March for Life.

“There is a very big feeling in the pro-life movement and with the young people we work with that something very big is on the horizon,” Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America, told the Washington Post.

Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, a pro-life group, told the Post that, for many years, hope for an end to Roe felt “very, very far away,” but now, she said, “I see great hope and numbers and enthusiasm.”

“We are hoping and praying that this year, 2022, will bring a historic change for life,” said March for Life President Jeanne Mancini, in a press release.

“You can never really read the tea leaves and how these justices are going to [decide] … but gauging by the questions that were asked, it looks very positive,” Mancini added in an interview with Fox News.

Signs distributed at the rally encapsulated the excitement. Some read, “We are the post-Roe generation,” “Dismantle Roe,” and “The future is anti-abortion.” Among attendees, there was a real feeling that a major step toward an abortion-free America was soon to be taken.

This year’s theme for the march was “Equality Begins in the Womb.”

“The word equality is often used but rarely defined. … The truth is that we are all equal in dignity, regardless of skin color, disability status, socioeconomic background, or stage of life, including earliest stages of life. Every life has inherent human dignity and every life matters,” Mancini said in prepared remarks.

Speakers at the rally included Christian actor and activist Kirk Cameron, Reps. Julia Letlow (R-La.) and Chris Smith, (R-N.J.), and Down syndrome advocate Katie Shaw. Grammy-nominated singer Matthew West kicked off the event with a pre-rally concert.

But ‘our work is far from over’

In subsequent comments to Fox News, Mancini noted that even if Roe is overturned, her organization’s work will not be ended. Rather, it will just be the start of a new chapter in the pro-life movement.

“Our mission at the March for Life is to create a culture where abortion is unthinkable,” Mancini said. “Our work is far from over.”

She said that if the issue of abortion is indeed sent back to the states for consideration, her organization would refocus efforts toward state legislatures, continue to advocate for pro-life laws, and raise awareness about abortion pills and federal attempts to codify Roe.

A more finite, though unlikely, option would be to press for the passage of a right to life constitutional amendment that would finally outlaw abortive practices completely.

Since 1973, more than 63 million abortions have been performed in the United States, most of which are not undertaken for reasons related to the mother’s or her baby’s health. Since 2016, roughly one in every five babies is terminated through abortion.

But pro-life advocates hope that starting this year, everything will change.

2022 March for Life | LIVE http://www.youtube.com

March for Life draws massive crowds to DC as Supreme Court appears ready to roll back abortion rights, overturn Roe v. Wade — Conservative Review

US Judge Blocks Biden Federal Employee COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

A federal judge in Texas issued a nationwide ruling Friday that President Joe Biden could not require federal employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.Biden issued an order requiring about 3.5 million workers to get vaccinated by Nov. 22 or seek a religious or medical…

Source: US Judge Blocks Biden Federal Employee COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

Concha: The public sees Biden as incompetent

Fox News contributor Joe Concha weighs in after TIME magazine depicted President Biden under a storm cloud with a headline that says the administration ‘lost its way.’ He then weighs in on media’s poor coverage of the murdered UCLA grad student. #FoxNews

Source: Concha: The public sees Biden as incompetent

Rep. Issa: Don’t give Biden a pass because he’s old, he knows what he’s doing

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., discuss Biden’s presidency as problems mount, the ongoing border crisis under DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and the president’s vaccine mandate impacting the U.S. military.

Source: Rep. Issa: Don’t give Biden a pass because he’s old, he knows what he’s doing