1 Corinthians 1:24
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New International Version
but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.

New Living Translation
But to those called by God to salvation, both Jews and Gentiles, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God.

English Standard Version
but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.

New American Standard Bible
but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.

King James Bible
But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Yet to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ is God's power and God's wisdom,

International Standard Version
but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, the Messiah is God's power and God's wisdom.

NET Bible
But to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But to those who are called, Jews and Aramaeans, The Messiah is the power of God and the wisdom of God.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But to those Jews and Greeks who are called, he is Christ, God's power and God's wisdom.

Jubilee Bible 2000
but unto those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ is the power of God, and the wisdom of God.

King James 2000 Bible
But unto them who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.

American King James Version
But to them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.

American Standard Version
but unto them that are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But unto them that are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.

Darby Bible Translation
but to those that [are] called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ God's power and God's wisdom.

English Revised Version
but unto them that are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.

Webster's Bible Translation
But to them who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.

Weymouth New Testament
but to those who have received the Call, whether Jews or Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.

World English Bible
but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God.

Young's Literal Translation
and to those called -- both Jews and Greeks -- Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

1:17-25 Paul had been bred up in Jewish learning; but the plain preaching of a crucified Jesus, was more powerful than all the oratory and philosophy of the heathen world. This is the sum and substance of the gospel. Christ crucified is the foundation of all our hopes, the fountain of all our joys. And by his death we live. The preaching of salvation for lost sinners by the sufferings and death of the Son of God, if explained and faithfully applied, appears foolishness to those in the way to destruction. The sensual, the covetous, the proud, and ambitious, alike see that the gospel opposes their favourite pursuits. But those who receive the gospel, and are enlightened by the Spirit of God, see more of God's wisdom and power in the doctrine of Christ crucified, than in all his other works. God left a great part of the world to follow the dictates of man's boasted reason, and the event has shown that human wisdom is folly, and is unable to find or retain the knowledge of God as the Creator. It pleased him, by the foolishness of preaching, to save them that believe. By the foolishness of preaching; not by what could justly be called foolish preaching. But the thing preached was foolishness to wordly-wise men. The gospel ever was, and ever will be, foolishness to all in the road to destruction. The message of Christ, plainly delivered, ever has been a sure touchstone by which men may learn what road they are travelling. But the despised doctrine of salvation by faith in a crucified Saviour, God in human nature, purchasing the church with his own blood, to save multitudes, even all that believe, from ignorance, delusion, and vice, has been blessed in every age. And the weakest instruments God uses, are stronger in their effects, than the strongest men can use. Not that there is foolishness or weakness in God, but what men consider as such, overcomes all their admired wisdom and strength.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 24. - Unto them that are called (see Romans 8:28); literally, to the called themselves. Both Jews and Greeks. Henceforth the middle wall of partition between them is thrown down, and there is no difference (Romans 9:24). Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. These words are a summary of the gospel. St. Paul is the best commentator on himself. He speaks elsewhere of "the exceeding greatness of God's power to usward who believe which he wrought in Christ" (Ephesians 1:17-20), and of "all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge" as being "hid in Christ" (Colossians 2:3). And the world, once so scornful, has learnt that Christ is indeed the Power of God. When Rudolph of Hapsburgh was being crowned, and in the hurry no sceptre could be found, he seized a crucifix, and swore that that should be his only sceptre. When St. Thomas of Aquinum asked St. Bonaventura what was the source of his immense learning, he pointed in silence to his crucifix.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But unto them which are called,.... Effectually, by the grace of God, not merely externally, but internally; these have other sentiments of Christ, and the doctrine of salvation by him; for being called out of darkness, and savingly illuminated by the Spirit of God, they see wisdom, beauty, glory, excellency, and suitableness in Christ, and in his Gospel; and having felt the power of it upon their souls, with them,

both Jews and Greeks, of whatsoever nation they be, and whatsoever their prejudices have been, Christ, to them is,

the power of God, and the wisdom of God: he is "the power of God"; this is opposed to the Jews who stumbled at his weakness, his sufferings and death, even the death of the cross; and is to be understood of him, not as God, in which sense he is Mighty, yea, the Almighty, and which appears by his works of creation and providence; but as Mediator, and of him in his low and mean estate, and even when he was crucified through weakness; in respect to that very thing in which he was weakness, and so stumbling, to others, he is to them that are called the power of God; as is clear by his bearing all the sins of his people in his own body, on the tree, the cross whereon he was crucified, and all the punishment due thereunto; and yet he failed not, nor was he discouraged, nor did he give out, till he had satisfied law and justice perfectly, and made a full end of sin, and an entire reconciliation for iniquity; as also by destroying, by his death, the devil, who had the power of death, and spoiling all his principalities and powers, triumphing over them on his cross; by redeeming his people from all their sins, and the curse of the law, and from him that was stronger than they; by abolishing death, and at last raising himself from the dead; all which show him, even when and "though" crucified, to be the power of God, or to be possessed of Almighty power; for these are things which a mere creature could never have done: and he is "the wisdom of God", also, in the account of these persons; and which likewise is to be understood, it being opposed to the opinions the Greeks had of him, not of him as the essential wisdom of God, as he is the wise Creator and Governor of the universe; but of him as Mediator, and in respect to that for which the Greeks accounted him foolishness: for in redemption and salvation by a crucified Christ, God hath abounded towards us in all wisdom and prudence: there is in this article a high display of the wisdom of God; for hereby justice was satisfied in that nature which sinned, and Satan destroyed in that nature which he himself had been the ruin of; hereby sin was condemned, and yet the sinner saved; pardon and justification came to be in a way of grace, and yet of strict justice; all the divine perfections harmonize, and are glorified, and God has hereby executed his wise designs and counsels of old; yea, even the wisdom of God is seen in Christ's dying the death of the cross, whereby he appeared to be made a curse for us, that he might redeem us from the curse of the law, and that the blessing of Abraham might come upon us.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

24. called—(compare 1Co 1:26). The same class as the "us which are (being) saved" (1Co 1:18); the elect, who have obeyed the call; called effectually (Ro 8:28, 30).

Christ—"Crucified" is not here added, because when the offense of the cross is overcome, "Christ" is received in all His relations, not only in His cross, but in His life and His future kingdom.

power—so meeting all the reasonable requirements of the Jews who sought "a sign." The cross (the death of a slave), which to the Jews (looking for a temporal Messiah) was a "stumbling-block," is really "the power of God" to the salvation of all who believe.

wisdom of God—so really exhibiting, and in the highest degree (if they would but see it), that which the Greeks sought after—wisdom (Col 2:3).

1 Corinthians 1:24 Additional Commentaries
Context
Christ the Wisdom and Power of God
23but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness, 24but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
Cross References
Proverbs 8:1
Does not wisdom call out? Does not understanding raise her voice?

Luke 11:49
Because of this, God in his wisdom said, 'I will send them prophets and apostles, some of whom they will kill and others they will persecute.'

Romans 1:7
To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be his holy people: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

Romans 1:16
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.

Romans 8:28
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

1 Corinthians 1:18
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.

1 Corinthians 1:30
It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God--that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.
Treasury of Scripture

But to them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.

called.

1 Corinthians 1:2,9 To the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified …

Luke 7:35 But wisdom is justified of all her children.

Romans 8:28-30 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love …

Romans 9:24 Even us, whom he has called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?

the power.

1 Corinthians 1:18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; …

Romans 1:4,16 And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit …

the wisdom.

1 Corinthians 1:30 But of him are you in Christ Jesus, who of God is made to us wisdom, …

Proverbs 8:1,22-30 Does not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice…

Colossians 2:3 In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

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