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1 Corinthians 1:9-26 (New International Version)

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9 God, who has called you1 into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord,2 is faithful.3

Divisions in the Church

10 I appeal to you, brothers,4 in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you5 and that you may be perfectly united6 in mind and thought. 11 My brothers, some from Chloe's household7 have informed me that there are quarrels among you. 12 What I mean is this: One of you says, "I follow Paul";8 another, "I follow Apollos";9 another, "I follow Cephasa ";10 still another, "I follow Christ." 13 Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized intob the name of Paul?11 14 I am thankful that I did not baptize any of you except Crispus12 and Gaius,13 15 so no one can say that you were baptized into my name. 16 (Yes, I also baptized the household14 of Stephanas;15 beyond that, I don't remember if I baptized anyone else.) 17 For Christ did not send me to baptize,16 but to preach the gospel--not with words of human wisdom,17 lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.

Christ the Wisdom and Power of God

18 For the message of the cross is foolishness18 to those who are perishing,19 but to us who are being saved20 it is the power of God.21 19 For it is written: "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate."c22 20 Where is the wise man?23 Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age?24 Has not God made foolish25 the wisdom of the world? 21 For since in the wisdom of God the world26 through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save27 those who believe.28 22 Jews demand miraculous signs29 and Greeks look for wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified:30 a stumbling block31 to Jews and foolishness32 to Gentiles, 24 but to those whom God has called,33 both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God34 and the wisdom of God.35 25 For the foolishness36 of God is wiser than man's wisdom, and the weakness37 of God is stronger than man's strength. 26 Brothers, think of what you were when you were called.38 Not many of you were wise39 by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth.
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