“For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God… Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?.. We preach Christ crucified,.. Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men… We impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. None of the rulers of this age understood this… these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. No one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.” 1 Corinthians 1:18,20,23-25; 2:7-8,10-12,14
How interesting it is to me that as many times as I type ‘God’ on my phone, it never pops up correctly, but is always uncapitalized or some variation. Isn’t this exactly how the unbelieving world views Him? He is minimized, marginalized, one of many, an object or crutch or idol to be manipulated, or He must be attached as an appendage to my week, my wants, my will– never Lord of them, and certainly is never an integral heart-pumping-life through all that is. His coming up wrong as I type reminds me each time Who He is not to the world, and Who He is to me.
If this is the world in which I swim, what difference does it make in how I interact with others? If we seem as foreigners to each other in the spiritual realm, how can I connect with them in the here and now? This passage says, I can speak and live the language of the gospel, and trust the Spirit to translate its truth. As I love with Christ’s love, model the way of selflessness, and exemplify His grace that for the natural man is unnatural, some will by God’s Spirit be softened, regenerated, and able to understand. Others, blind to spiritual discernment and convoluted in their valuation of strength and wisdom, will be unable to see anything but folly. It is true that the same fragrance is received differently by those who take it in, just as truth is welcomed as wisdom or rejected as foolishness based on the heart of the hearer. No matter what, I am to be unwavering in my message, capitalizing and proclaiming God as Very God, the gospel my impetus, power, and glory. (2 Corinthians 2:15-16)
LORD God, You are very great! Cause every aspect of my life to preach Your secret wisdom, and capitalize Your Mighty Name, for the endurance of Your glory. (Psalm 104:1,31)