There also is a slight difference between the message in Jeremiah 9 and the message in 1 Corinthians. Jeremiah 9:23-25 said that the wise, the mighty, and the noble should glory in God, as opposed to their own secular status. Further, those who continued to glory in their secular status would be punished by God. In contrast, Paul, in 1 Corinthians 1:26-31, inferred that God purposefully did not call the wise, the mighty, and the noble to the church of God because no flesh should glory in his presence (1 Corinthians 1:29). In 1 Corinthians 1:26, however, Paul did not completely shut the door to the church of God to the wise, the mighty, and the noble when he said that not many of the wise, the mighty, and the noble are called. Presumably therefore, the wise, the mighty, and the noble could gain entry into the church of God by renouncing their secular values and accepting God.
3. How does Paul's language about wisdom, strength, and noble birth relate to the larger cultural context of his day?
In the cultural context of Corinth when Paul wrote 1 Corinthians 1:23, 25-26, the objectives of the church of God appeared foolish to the people considered by most people in Corinth because the concepts of perfection sought by the church of God seemed to the wise people to be an unattainable ideal, an unrealistic objective. A connotation of unrealistic might be used in place of foolishness today, or the people who were a part of the church of God might be said to be living in a fantasy world. When Paul spoke of weakness in 1 Corinthians 1:25, 27, he was referring to a lack of secular power in society, and when he spoke of the mighty, he was referring to the people in Corinth who were able to exercise secular power. In the secular society of Corinth of the day, social privilege accrued to people in relation to their heritage, their lineage - once noble, always noble. Today, the situation is similar, although social privilege in relation...
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