1 Corinthians 1:27-29
But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.
These verses deal with two thoughts . Paul is writing about the balance of God, the balance of the universe, and how this balance shows us the insignificance of man’s worldly power when compared to the universe.
…what is foolish in the world to shame the wise…
There are those who consider themselves to be of superior intellect and who think their intelligence puts them in an elite class to rule over others. Yet God has given all of us the same gift of life. Those who look down upon others as foolish have no advantage, someday they will be gone, just like the foolish. For all their intelligence has gained them nothing over their mortality. They will leave this world the same as those they consider foolish.
…what is weak in the world to shame the strong…
The bullies, with all their worldly strength can only oppress what is in this world. The spirit they cannot control. No matter how much might they possess in this world, one day just like the weak, they will be gone. Their power and strength have no value as they are finite.
…what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are…
God has given us the balance to show that no one thing is greater than another. Only we as humans with our worldly desires and covetousness assign values to things that have no value.
…so that no human being might boast in the presence of God…
With the balance and with the finite life of all worldly things, there is nothing that humans can make, find or profess that has any value other than the value we assign them in our own minds. So this value is false and holds nothing in the universe of God.
Paul speaks of this in verse 26:
For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth.
Not many of us are ever considered wise, or powerful, or noble. That is because those things are assigned by man, not God and so they have no value. The weak, the foolish, the low and despised, all survive and die just like the strong, the wise and the noble.
The balance equals all and our arrogance is what keeps us from seeing this.
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