Lord's Day Liturgy

The Boast of a Fool

We are fools. If we do it right, being fools is more than fine. It’s something to embrace, even something to boast about.

It turns out that everyone is a fool; it’s not whether but which. It does matter significantly which sort of fool a man is. But don’t think that you can avoid being seen as a fool. That is a sign of the wrong kind of foolishness.

Paul reminded the Corinthians that the word of the cross is folly (1 Corinthians 1:18). It is folly to preach Christ crucified (1 Corinthians 1:21). All the things of the Spirit of God are folly; they are impossible to understand (1 Corinthians 2:14).

Believers are saved by that word (1 Corinthians 1:18). That crucified Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God to the called (1 Corinthians 1:24). The spiritual person, the one who has received the Spirit who is from God, understands the things freely given us by God (1 Corinthians 2:12).

And that makes the natural man the eternal fool. That demonstrates how the wisdom of the world is made foolish by God (1 Corinthians 1:20). The “rulers of this age,” by which I think Paul means more than just the philosophers and priests and governors of the first century, crucified the Lord of glory because they did not understand and it was their own undoing (1 Corinthians 2:8). Those who can’t understand are “doomed to pass away” (1 Corinthians 2:6).

Your faith does not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God (1 Corinthians 2:5). God chose us as fools, as the low and despised, to have life in Christ Jesus whom God made our wisdom and our righteousness and our sanctification and redemption. “Therefore, as it is written, ‘Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.'” (1 Corinthians 1:30-31).