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The World by Wisdom Knew not God


A Sermon on 1 Corinthians 1:21

For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. (ESV)

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Why has humanity long rejected the truth and wisdom of God? It is because of the arrogance of man. Man has always wanted to find truth for himself, Adam went for the fruit, and in the same way, modern man opens a philosophy textbook. As Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones preaches 1 Corinthians 1:21, he warns of the dangers of searching for truth apart from Christ. In Corinth, false teachers were denying the miraculous events of the Bible, saying that they cannot be true because they seem unreasonable. They wanted to view Christ as a good teacher, rather than as God and Savior. Man continually rejects the wisdom of God, which is revealed in the Bible, nature, and all of history. He turns instead to his own brain instead of relying on the all-knowing, all-powerful God of the Bible.

Additional Scripture Translations

1 Corinthians 1:21, New American Standard Bible

21For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.

1 Corinthians 1:21, King James Version

21For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.

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.