1 Corinthians 1:20 (AV)
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?
Paul asks the question, hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? His question references verse 18 which says the word of the cross is foolishness to them that are perishing. Worldly wisdom can get in the way of believing the truth. Through the cross, God shatters worldly wisdom.
How will the world come to know God? Not by worldly wisdom but only by the word of foolishness.
All worldly wisdom,
The wise (Greek: sophos). That is, the sophisticated one.
The scribe (Greek: grammateus) The one who wrangles with letters of a document.
The disputer (Greek:suzetetes) The debater. Notice the word tete? It means face. (We use a phrase tete-a-tete meaning a face-to-face meeting.)
All of these have been made foolish by God. Worldly wisdom may be good for worldly knowledge, but for supernatural knowledge it falls flat. The illiterate, unsophisticated, introverted babbler can come to the cross, for it’s power saves, not man’s power.
Tomorrow: 1 Corinthians 1:21