1 Corinthians 3:18-23

We tend to deceive ourselves.  When we get a little education we think that we know something.  I often think of Richard Dawkins as the pinnacle of this kind of pride.  A little knowledge in his speciality gives him authority to talk in areas he knows very little.  He reduces the world to what he can see and investigate, he has a sense of wonder, but not a sense of the transcendant.  We are all like this.  Limited by our own capacity we think that we have a grasp on things when we really have a grasp on so little.  Thankfully the infinite God has opened up all things to us through Christ.  Everything is ours in Christ.  That should lead to unity because no-one has more than anyone else.

1 Corinthians 3:18-23

18Do not deceive yourselves. If any one of you thinks he is wise by the standards of this age, he should become a “fool” so that he may become wise. 19For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness”[a]; 20and again, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.”[b] 21So then, no more boasting about men! All things are yours, 22whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas[c] or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours, 23and you are of Christ, and Christ is of God.


  1. What should the Corinthians not do?
  2. What should a person not boast about?
  3. What things belong to the Corinthians and why?
  4. What latest discoveries, inventions, or thoughts are you versed in?
  5. How can you avoid lording it above those who don’t know what you know?


About Plymothian

I teach at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. My interests include education, biblical studies, and spiritual formation. I have been married to Kelli since 1998 and we have two children, Daryl and Amelia. For recreation I like to run, play soccer, play board games, read and travel.
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