Paul's comments in 1 Corinthians 1:26-31 were made within the context of the general society of Corinth, which is described in 1 Corinthians 1, 4. The society of Corinth of the day was dominated by the wise, the mighty, and the noble. These people (who not infrequently were characterized by two or three of these social classifications) availed themselves of a disproportionate share of the so-called earthly benefits that Corinth was able to provide. According to Paul, however, the wise did not comprehend the most important aspects of being human, the earthly power of the mighty was transitory at best, and noble birth did not confer the blessing of God. Nevertheless, in the Corinth of the day, conventional wisdom, physical power, and heredity noble birth were the characteristics prized most by most people in Corinth (certainly by those people so characterized and as well by many others who aspired to higher levels of earthly benefits).
Paul, in 1 Corinthians 1:26-31, made it clear that secular status did not confer divine favor (1 Corinthians 1:29-30). The people who will be favored by God are those people who accept the will and values of God and become a part of the church of God (Winter, 1994).
2. Discuss how Jeremiah 9:24 informs Paul's argument in 1 Corinthians 1:26-31.
In Jeremiah 9:7-11, the power of God to exercise dominion over earth and humankind was made quite clear. Made quite clear also was that a multitude of risk and threats existed for those peop