The Kingdom Reversal Principle – I Corinthians 1:18-31f

The Apostle Paul illustrates the Kingdom Reversal principle with this statement about the gospel message he is preaching and teaching to the Corinthians:  “For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” (vs. 18). Paul provides several examples of The Kingdom Reversal Principle:
  • God chose foolish things to shame the wise (vs. 27)
  • God chose weak things to shame the strong (vs. 27)
  • God chose lowly and despised things to devalue and bring to nothing things of value (vs. 28)

Dallas Willard says this “Great Inversion,” as he calls it, is the heart of the gospel of Jesus. Willard says this role reversal is inevitable because of the irresistible reality of God’s Kingdom as it breaks into this present age in which we live. Because God’s redemptive order, His Kingdom, has come, it is available and accessible to anybody and everybody–especially the foolish, the weak, the lowly, the despised, and the worthless. I’m glad that’s the case, otherwise I would not have been invited to join.

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