Wise Wisdom: What do you know? I Corinthians 1:18-2:5

By Samantha Chambo

For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. (1 Cor. 2:2)

What do you know? Are we well versed in Philosophy, technology, sciences or psychology? According to Paul all of this wisdom is foolishness in comparison with the worth of knowing Christ. Real wisdom in this world, knows the God who created it all and He came to teach us about himself in the person of his son, Jesus Christ.

The Corinthian church took great pride in their Greek knowledge and in the teachers that they looked up to. Yet all the knowledge they valued did not make them a better community. They were a fractioned church, disregarding those who were disadvantaged in life and were given to pagan practices of sensuality just like the Roman society around them who were given to banquets and sexual misbehaviour. They knew much, but their knowledge did not lead to wholeness of life.

This is why Paul warns them that their faith should not rest on human wisdom but on God’s power (2:5), that is revealed in the life and death of Jesus Christ. Knowing Christ crucified means that we can become comfortable with the discomfort and often suffering that is a part of living in this fallen world. We can have empathy with the disadvantaged because we identify with the suffering of Christ and this helps us to understand his heart to those on the margins of society. This wisdom supersedes self-empowerment and makes us effective in empowering others.

Living our lives with the purpose of knowing Christ leads to wise living in every area of our lives because Christ is God’s secret to a wholesome life and ministry.

Think about it

How have I turned to the wisdom of the world to resolve spiritual issues?

For today

Seek to ways to know Christ better.


[Jesus] If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you. (Exodus 33:13)

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