Why God Has Chosen Weak Things Of the World
For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called; but God hath chosen foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; and base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: that no flesh should glory in his presence.1st Corinthians 1:26-29.
Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called. Art, thou called being a servant? care not for it: but if thou mayest be made free, use it rather. For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is the Lord’s freeman: likewise, also he that is called, being free, is Christ’s servant. 1st Corinthians 7: 20-22
For in eating every one taketh before other his own supper: and one is hungry, and another is drunken. What? have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the church of God, and shame them that have not? what shall I say to you? shall I praise you in this? I praise you not. 1st Corinthians 11:21-22.
Thou shalt not pervert the judgment of the stranger, nor of the fatherless; nor take a widow’s raiment to pledge: But thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in Egypt, and the Lord thy God redeemed thee thence: therefore, I command thee to do this thing. When thou cutest down thine harvest in thy field, and hast forgot a sheaf in the field, thou shalt not go again to fetch it: it shall be for the stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow: that the Lord thy God may bless thee in all the work of thine hands.
When thou beat thine olive tree, thou shalt not go over the boughs again: it shall be for the stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow.
When thou gatherest the grapes of thy vineyard, thou shalt not glean it afterward: it shall be for the stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow. And thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in the land of Egypt: therefore, I command thee to do this thing. Deuteronomy 24: 17-22.
For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones. Isaiah 57:15.
Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16: 18
THE apostle Paul had been led to make the confession that Christ Jesus was despised both by Jew and Gentile. He confessed that this was no cause of stumbling to him, for what others counted foolishness he believed to be wisdom, and rejoiced that the foolishness of God was wiser than men, and the weakness of God stronger than men.
Lest however, any of the Corinthian Church should be stumbled by the fact that Christ was despised, the apostle goes on to show that it was the general way of God’s proceeding, to select means which men despised, in order that by accomplishing his purpose through them, he might have all the glory: and he refers them for the proof of this to the one instance of their own election and calling:
“Ye see your calling, brethren,” saith he, “not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called,” but you, the poor, illiterate, the despised, you have been called still for the same reason
that God may be all in all, and that no flesh may glory in his presence. It is clear to everyone who will observe either Scripture or fact, that God never did intend to make his gospel fashionable; that the very last thing that was ever in his thoughts was to select the elite of mankind and gather dignity for his truth from the gaudy trappings of rank and station.
On the contrary, God has thrown down the gauntlet against all the pride of manhood; he hath dashed mire into the face of all human excellence, and with the battle-axe of his strength he has dashed the escutcheon of man’s glory in twain. “Overturn! overturn I overturn!” seems to be the very motto of the Lord of Hosts, and shall be so “until He shall come whose right it is to reign, and He will give it Him,” for his is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever.
There is no doctrine more truly humbling than the doctrine of election; and it was for this reason that the apostle Paul refers to it that the disciples at Corinth might be quite content to follow the humble and despised cross-bearing Saviour, because the election of grace consists of the humble and despised, who, therefore, cannot be ashamed to follow One, who, like themselves, was despised and rejected of men.