1 Corinthians 1:26 - 2:5 - Righteousness, Humility, and Redemption

1. Doesn’t the message of Christ’s dying 2000 years ago for the sins of all humans from the beginning to the end of time sound a bit foolish today?

2. Verse 27 seems to say that Christianity is against rational thinking. Is it?

3. The end of this chapter (vs 26-31) has two interwoven messages. They are closely related but significantly different and it is important that we understand both of them:
      A) the source of our righteousness, i.e., being right with God and
      B) the key Christian quality of humility.
What do these mean to you personally?

4. Paul uses four terms to describe what it means to be in Christ Jesus (verse 30). What are they? In your own words, what do they mean to you? (See 2 Corinthians 5:17, Colossians 2:2-3, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Romans 3:22, 1 Thessolonians 4:3-7, Mark 10:45, 1 Peter 1:18-19)

5. In verse 30, Paul refers to Christ as “Our Righteousness.” What Old Testament prophet predicted that the coming King would be called “The Lord Our Righteousness?”

6. Why does Paul emphasize in 2:1-5 that he did not speak to the Corinthians before with eloquence or persuasiveness but he came in weakness and trepidation? (Romans 1:16-17) What is the message here for us today?

7. Humility is a central concept in these verses. What else does the Bible say about humility and being humble? (2 Chr 7:14, Ps 18:27, 25:9, 149:4, Prv 3:34, 11:2, 15:33, Is 26:5, Zep 2:3, Mt 11:29, 18:4, Eph 4:2, Phil 2:3, Titus 3:2, James 3:13, 4:6, 4:10, 1 Pet 5:5-6)

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