God uses the base things of the world to shame those that think they are something according to the flesh
by Mitch Kuhn
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1Co 1:28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath
God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that
This word literally means, without kin, and implies that one is not of noble
From G1 (as negative particle) and G1085; properly without kin, that is, (of
unknown descent, and by implication) ignoble: – base things.
Paul for example was of noble decent.
Php 3:5 Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock(G1085) of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee;
Act 13:26 Men and brethren, children of the stock (G1085) of Abraham, and whosoever among you feareth God, to you is the word of this salvation sent.
Christ was not of noble decent and was used to change the noble Saul, to
the humble Apostle Paul.
Act 9:1 And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the
disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,
Act 9:2 And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if
he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring
them bound unto Jerusalem.
Act 9:3 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there
shined round about him a light from heaven:
Act 9:4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul,
Saul, why persecutest thou me?
Act 9:5 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus
whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.
Act 9:6 And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me
to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be
told thee what thou must do.
Christ was not descended from the tribe of Levi where the priests were
supposed to come from, but rather from the tribe of Judah.
Rev 5:5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion
of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book,
and to loose the seven seals thereof.
Heb 7:14 For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which
tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood.
The writer of Hebrews is making the point that Christ’s physical lineage did
not matter, because the flesh is not what is important.
Heb 7:16 Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment,
but after the power of an endless life.
Heb 7:18 For there is verily a disannulling (setting aside) of the
commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness
Heb 7:22 By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament.
God chooses Israel according to the flesh to be his people. He then gives
them the Law of Moses to show how carnal they really are, and manifest
that they are NOT God’s true people. This again is making the flesh out to be
Rom 2:28 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that
circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:
Rom 2:29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is
that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter
The flesh we have has nothing to do with our calling. God goes to great
lengths to make this very clear by cutting of Israel and causing them to
Rom 11:7 What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh
for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded
Rom 11:8 (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of
slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not
hear;) unto this day.
Rom 11:9 And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and
a stumblingblock, and a recompence unto them:
Rom 11:10 Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, and bow
down their back always.
1Ki 9:7 Then will I cut off Israel out of the land which I have given
them; and this house, which I have hallowed for my name, will I cast out of
my sight; and Israel shall be a proverb and a byword among all people:
Rom 9:6 Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they
are not all Israel, which are of Israel:
God gives Paul the charge of proclaiming the mystery of the Gospel to the
Gentiles. To a devout Jew this is outrageous. The Old Covenant was very
strict about who could be a part of Israel, and it was certainly not the pagan
nations around them. Gentiles basically means anyone that is not Jewish.
Rom 15:16 That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the
Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles
might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost.
God is taking the things that are base, Gentiles not of noble Jewish descent,
and using it to bring to nothing the flesh of the Jews. Notice the outrage
when the Jews get a hold of Paul who has been bringing Greeks (Gentiles),
in to the temple.
Act 21:27 And when the seven days were almost ended, the Jews which
were of Asia, when they saw him in the temple, stirred up all the people,
and laid hands on him,
Act 21:28 Crying out, Men of Israel, help: This is the man, that teacheth all
men every where against the people, and the law, and this place: and
further brought Greeks also into the temple, and hath polluted this holy
Joh 1:46 And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out
of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see.
Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? The whole country of Galilee was had in contempt with the Jews; but Nazareth was so mean a place, that it seems it was even despised by its neighbors, by the Galileans themselves; for Nathanael was a Galilean, that said these words. It was so miserable a place that he could hardly think that any sort of good thing, even any worldly good thing, could come from thence; and it was so wicked, as appears from their murderous designs upon our Lord, that he thought no good man could arise from hence; and still less, any prophet, any person of great note; and still least of all, that that good thing, or person, the Messiah, should spring from it: so that his objection, and prejudice, proceeded not only upon the oracle in Mic_5:2, which points out Bethlehem as the birthplace of the Messiah; but upon the wickedness, and meanness, and obscurity of Nazareth,
– John Gill’s exposition of the entire bible
This is how God works, he chooses those not of noble decent according to
the flesh to bring to nothing, those that think they are something according
to the flesh.
A variation of G1847 and meaning the same: – contemptible, despise, least esteemed, set at nought.
Christ’s ministry on earth is the perfect example of what it is to be despised.
Act 4:10 NKJV let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that
by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth,whom you crucified, whom God
raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole.
Act 4:11 This is the ‘STONE WHICH WAS REJECTED (G1848) BY YOU
BUILDERS, WHICH HAS BECOME THE CHIEF CORNERSTONE.
The Jews of Christ’s day were just as carnal as the Jews that did not want
God to rule over them, but rather wanted King Saul.
1Sa 8:4 NKJV Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together,
and came to Samuel unto Ramah,
1Sa 8:5 And said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in
thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.
This is the kind of leader they wanted:
1Sa 9:1 NKJV There was a man of Benjamin whose name was Kish the son
of Abiel, the son of Zeror, the son of Bechorath, the son of Aphiah, a
Benjamite, a mighty man of power.
1Sa 9:2 And he had a choice and handsome son whose name was Saul.
There was not a more handsome person than he among the children of
Israel. From his shoulders upward he was taller than any of the people.
When Christ comes as the Messiah, they’re still looking for the same kind of
physically powerful king to set up a kingdom and deliver them from the
Roman rule. This was their expectation of the Messiah, but here is what they
Isa 53:2 NKJV For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, And as
a root out of dry ground. He has no form or comeliness; And when we
see Him, There is no beauty that we should desire Him.
Isa 53:3 He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and
acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was
despised, and we did not esteem Him.
Christ was not an impressive man in the flesh. Notice in Luke 4, he is so
common that he able to pass right through the mob leading him to the cliff
to be killed. If he was like Saul, taller than all those around him and
strikingly handsome, he would have been easily identified.
Luk 4:28 So all those in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were
filled with wrath,
Luk 4:29 and rose up and thrust Him out of the city; and they led Him to
the brow of the hill on which their city was built, that they might throw
Him down over the cliff.
Luk 4:30 Then passing through the midst of them, He went His way.
Luk 4:31 Then He went down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and was
teaching them on the Sabbaths.
We are all just like Christ in our own way- not impressive in the flesh.
1Jn 4:17 NKJV Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may
have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in
We are his body after all, no wonder we’re like him!
1Co 12:27 NKJV Now you are the body of Christ, and members
Paul was met with the same contempt that Christ was in his time due to his
2Co 10:10 NKJV For his letters, say they, are weighty and powerful; but his
bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible (G1848).
Here is an excellent example of how those that are mighty and consider
themselves to be righteous despise others.
Luk 18:9 NKJV And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in
themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:
Luk 18:10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee,
and the other a publican.
Luk 18:11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank
thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or
even as this publican.
Luk 18:12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.
Luk 18:13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as
his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to
me a sinner.
Luk 18:14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified
rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be
abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
We will first be the Pharisee, thinking we are righteous of ourselves and
despising the man who has been humbled. Then at our appointed time we
will be crushed and become the humble publican ourselves. This happens to
us over and over as we are ground to fine powder.
Jas 4:6 But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: “GOD RESISTS THE
PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE.”