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A Sermon on 1 Corinthians 1:20

Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? (ESV)

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Christmas is always a wonderful time of the year. People seem to be on their best behavior, full of cheer, and become religious during this time. But what is the meaning behind Christmas? In this sermon on 1 Corinthians 1:20, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones preaches that the true meaning of Christmas is something that seems offensive, and even foolish, to the natural man. Our culture has missed the reason why God sent His Son to the earth in the first place, that is, to reconcile man back to Himself. This is the part of the Gospel message that is offensive; the Christmas story makes us realize that we are helpless, so helpless that we need a baby to come save us. Have you truly considered the miraculous story of Christmas? A virgin gives birth to a boy who will save mankind from their sins. This message sounds like foolishness, yet this is the message that all men must come to grips with. Do you believe that Jesus was the promised King who will redeem mankind, or do you think that He was only a good teacher with good philosophy? This sermon will show us that God cannot be made known through our religious efforts and earthly wisdom, but only by believing in what the world considers to be foolishness. 

Additional Scripture Translations

1 Corinthians 1:20, New American Standard Bible

20Where is the wise person? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has God not made foolish the wisdom of the world?

1 Corinthians 1:20, King James Version

20Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?

About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.