1 Corinthians –The Gospel is God’s Plan

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“Yet when I am among mature believers, I do speak with words of wisdom, but not the kind of wisdom that belongs to this world or to the rulers of this world, who are soon forgotten. No, the wisdom we speak of is the mystery of God—his plan that was previously hidden, even though he made it for our ultimate glory before the world began.  But the rulers of this world have not understood it; if they had, they would not have crucified our glorious Lord.” 1 Corinthians 2:6-8

Salvation is purchased by the Son, but it was planned by the Father.  The gospel is so simple that it can be understood by an illiterate pagan. It is also so profound that the most brilliant theologian cannot fathom its depths. There is wisdom of God in the gospel that challenges the keenest intellect. However, this wisdom is not for the masses of lost sinners, nor for the immature believers. It is for the mature believes who are growing in their understanding of the Word of God. Paul was answering those in the church who were promoting Apollo, who was an eloquent and profound preacher.

This wisdom tells the saint about the vast eternal plan that God has for His people and His creation. The wisest of the world could not invent or discover this marvelous wisdom in God’s plan. God made the plan, set it in motion, and will see to it that it will succeed. God’s plan of redemption was not a hasty afterthought on the part of God after He saw what man had done. This plan of God was in place before He made man. He knew what was going to happen before it happened. “God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son.” (Ephesians 1:5-6) What a wonderful plan that God had to bring us into a relationship with Him.

“God’s purpose was that we Jews who were the first to trust in Christ would bring praise and glory to God. And now you Gentiles have also heard the truth, the Good News that God saves you. And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago.” (Ephesians 1:12-13)

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