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1 I, Paul, have been called and sent by Jesus, the Messiah, according to God's plan, along with my friend Sosthenes. 1 Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and our brother Sosthenes,
2 I send this letter to you in God's church at Corinth, Christians cleaned up by Jesus and set apart for a God-filled life. I include in my greeting all who call out to Jesus, wherever they live. He's their Master as well as ours! 2 To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be holy, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ--their Lord and ours:
3 May all the gifts and benefits that come from God our Father, and the Master, Jesus Christ, be yours. 3 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
4 Every time I think of you - and I think of you often! - I thank God for your lives of free and open access to God, given by Jesus. 4 I always thank God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus.
5 There's no end to what has happened in you - it's beyond speech, beyond knowledge. 5 For in him you have been enriched in every way--in all your speaking and in all your knowledge--
6 The evidence of Christ has been clearly verified in your lives. 6 because our testimony about Christ was confirmed in you.
7 Just think - you don't need a thing, you've got it all! All God's gifts are right in front of you as you wait expectantly for our Master Jesus to arrive on the scene for the Finale. 7 Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed.
8 And not only that, but God himself is right alongside to keep you steady and on track until things are all wrapped up by Jesus. 8 He will keep you strong to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
9 God, who got you started in this spiritual adventure, shares with us the life of his Son and our Master Jesus. He will never give up on you. Never forget that. The Cross: The Irony of God's Wisdom 9 God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful.
10 I have a serious concern to bring up with you, my friends, using the authority of Jesus, our Master. I'll put it as urgently as I can: You must get along with each other. You must learn to be considerate of one another, cultivating a life in common. 10 I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought.
11 I bring this up because some from Chloe's family brought a most disturbing report to my attention - that you're fighting among yourselves! 11 My brothers, some from Chloe's household have informed me that there are quarrels among you.
12 I'll tell you exactly what I was told: You're all picking sides, going around saying, "I'm on Paul's side," or "I'm for Apollos," or "Peter is my man," or "I'm in the Messiah group." 12 What I mean is this: One of you says, "I follow Paul"; another, "I follow Apollos"; another, "I follow Cephas "; still another, "I follow Christ."
13 I ask you, "Has the Messiah been chopped up in little pieces so we can each have a relic all our own? Was Paul crucified for you? Was a single one of you baptized in Paul's name?" 13 Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized into the name of Paul?
14 I was not involved with any of your baptisms - except for Crispus and Gaius - and on getting this report, I'm sure glad I wasn't. 14 I am thankful that I did not baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius,
15 At least no one can go around saying he was baptized in my name. 15 so no one can say that you were baptized into my name.
16 (Come to think of it, I also baptized Stephanas's family, but as far as I can recall, that's it.) 16 (Yes, I also baptized the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I don't remember if I baptized anyone else.)
17 God didn't send me out to collect a following for myself, but to preach the Message of what he has done, collecting a following for him. And he didn't send me to do it with a lot of fancy rhetoric of my own, lest the powerful action at the center - Christ on the Cross - be trivialized into mere words. 17 For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel--not with words of human wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.
18 The Message that points to Christ on the Cross seems like sheer silliness to those hellbent on destruction, but for those on the way of salvation it makes perfect sense. This is the way God works, and most powerfully as it turns out. 18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
19 It's written, I'll turn conventional wisdom on its head, I'll expose so-called experts as crackpots. 19 For it is written: "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate."
20 So where can you find someone truly wise, truly educated, truly intelligent in this day and age? Hasn't God exposed it all as pretentious nonsense? 20 Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?
21 Since the world in all its fancy wisdom never had a clue when it came to knowing God, God in his wisdom took delight in using what the world considered dumb - preaching, of all things! - to bring those who trust him into the way of salvation. 21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.
22 While Jews clamor for miraculous demonstrations and Greeks go in for philosophical wisdom, 22 Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom,
23 we go right on proclaiming Christ, the Crucified. Jews treat this like an anti-miracle - and Greeks pass it off as absurd. 23 but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles,
24 But to us who are personally called by God himself - both Jews and Greeks - Christ is God's ultimate miracle and wisdom all wrapped up in one. 24 but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
25 Human wisdom is so tinny, so impotent, next to the seeming absurdity of God. Human strength can't begin to compete with God's "weakness." 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than man's wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man's strength.
26 Take a good look, friends, at who you were when you got called into this life. I don't see many of "the brightest and the best" among you, not many influential, not many from high-society families. 26 Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth.
27 Isn't it obvious that God deliberately chose men and women that the culture overlooks and exploits and abuses, 27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.
28 chose these "nobodies" to expose the hollow pretensions of the "somebodies"? 28 He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things--and the things that are not--to nullify the things that are,
29 That makes it quite clear that none of you can get by with blowing your own horn before God. 29 so that no one may boast before him.
30 Everything that we have - right thinking and right living, a clean slate and a fresh start - comes from God by way of Jesus Christ. 30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God--that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.
31 That's why we have the saying, "If you're going to blow a horn, blow a trumpet for God." 31 Therefore, as it is written: "Let him who boasts boast in the Lord."