For the Almighty Creator says, “I will destroy all human plans of salvation no matter how wise they seem to be, and ignore the best ideas of men, even the most brilliant of them.”
So what about these wise men, these scholars, these brilliant debaters of this world’s great affairs? the Almighty Creator has made them all look foolish and shown their wisdom to be useless nonsense.
For the Almighty Creator in his wisdom saw to it that the world would never find the Almighty Creator through human brilliance, and then he stepped in and saved all those who believed his message, which the world calls foolish and silly.
It seems foolish to the Jews because they want a sign from heaven as proof that what is preached is true; and it is foolish to the Gentiles because they believe only what agrees with their philosophy and seems wise to them.
So when we preach about Christ dying to save them, the Jews are offended and the Gentiles say it’s all nonsense.
But the Almighty Creator has opened the eyes of those called to salvation, both Jews and Gentiles, to see that Christ is the mighty power of the Almighty Creator to save them; Christ himself is the center of the Almighty Creator’s wise plan for their salvation.
This so-called “foolish” plan of the Almighty Creator is far wiser than the wisest plan of the wisest man, and the Almighty Creator in his weakness—Christ dying on the cross—is far stronger than any man.
Notice among yourselves, dear brothers, that few of you who follow Christ have big names or power or wealth.
Instead, the Almighty Creator has deliberately chosen to use ideas the world considers foolish and of little worth in order to shame those people considered by the world as wise and great.