so that, just as it is written, "LET HIM WHO BOASTS, BOAST IN THE LORD."1 Corinthians 1:31(NASB)
Like so much of the Church today, these Christians in Corinth were not living the life of holiness and humility to which we have all been called, but had allowed the standards, morals and attitudes of the world to infiltrate their position in Christ.
Divisions and strife.. contentions and splits within the Body had shattered their unity in the Lord Jesus. Immorality was accepted unchecked and spiritual pride has become pervasive as each boasted of the merits of their favoured apostle or preferred teacher - nor recognizing that such attitudes and actions demonstrated their foolish carnality, fleshly worldliness and lack of true spirituality.
These believers had set at naught the wisdom and power of the cross by boasting, rejoicing and glorying in themselves - but Paul takes pains to remind us all of an unchanging truth: let him who boasts, boast in the Lord - let him who glories, glory only in the finished work of Christ.
Like so much of the church today these Christians in Corinth were trying to grow in grace and mature in the faith through worldly ways, not having understood that the foolishness of the simply Gospel of Christ, (Who died for our sins and rose again the third day, to pay the price of sin and break its power in our lives), is the only power and wisdom that is acceptable to God the Father.
Like much of Christendom today, these believers were glorying in the standards, morals, attitudes and ways of the world, but Paul sought to remind them that the wisdom and glory of philosophical thinkers and the clever arguments of the: wise and prudent, are of non-effect to God, and yet these worldly traits were being displayed by divisions, strife, contentions and splits - then as now.
As Christians we are all one in Christ and we must never forget that our sufficiency is in Him alone. How foolish to revel in the ungodly wisdom of the world when Christ's finished work at Calvary is all we need to live godly in Christ Jesus.
Let us never forget that the gospel of Christ is for us wisdom and power, righteousness, sanctification and redemption. And so we are called to reject the standards, morals, attitudes and ways of the world and boast only in the Lord.
Heavenly Father, help me to take my eyes off myself and to set the eyes of my heart firmly on the Lord Jesus Christ, Who died to pay the price for my sins and rose again to give me His indwelling life. Help me to recognise and reject the foolish philosophies of the 'wise' and the vain glories that the world may offer.. and help me day by day to glory in Christ crucified. God forbid that I should glory, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world , and in Whose name I pray, AMEN.