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Not many wise

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1 Corinthians 1:26-29 is an interesting verse.

For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong,and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God.

This verse is in response to 1 Corinthians 1:23

“…we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block, and to Gentiles foolishness.”

Certainly, this is true. Most of the wise, according this this world, the wealthy, and those of pedigree are unbelievers.

The calling is God’s specific election. His interference with what is really due us, damnation.

What is most interesting is the self evidence of this calling.

If in fact the effect or the ratio of believing wise, mighty and noble is less than the average of the general population, and it is by simple observation, than the cause, or God’s calling, is thereby true on its face.

As Christ states in John 15:16:

“You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you.”

One truth, the effect, verifies another truth, the calling.