For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written:
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
And bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.”
20 Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? 21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. 22 For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom; 23 but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, 24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. — 1 Corinthians 1:18-25.
Paul states that our attitude towards the message of the cross is the touchstone as to whether we are saved or not. It is foolishness to the lost, but wisdom to those who know Christ and are being saved. The cross causes the Jews to stumble, because they look for a sign, and the Greeks, because they seek out philosophical wisdom. Neither Jew nor Greek can see God’s power and wisdom fulfilled in a crude and cruel form of Roman criminal execution. The saved person knows God’s wisdom and power in knowing Christ crucified. [Adapted from The Bible Panorama.]