F.F. Bruce on Paul’s Gospel

1 Corinthians

Paul’s insistence on ‘knowing nothing’ among the Corinthians ‘except Jesus Christ and him crucified’ (1 Corinthians 2:2) had some regard to the intellectual climate of the city. As he came to know something of the Corinthians’ reverence for the current wisdom, he stressed that element in the gospel for which current wisdom could have no place: what more abject spectacle of folly and helplessness could be imagined than a crucified man? A crucified deliverer was to Greeks an absurd contradiction in terms, just as to Jews a crucified Messiah was a piece of scandalous blasphemy. But as Paul persisted in preaching Jesus as the crucified Saviour and sin-bearer, the unexpected happened: pagans, as well as Jews and God-fearers, believed the message and found their lives transformed by a new, liberating power, which broke the stranglehold of selfishness and vice and purified them from within. The message of Christ crucified had thus accomplished something which no body of Greek philosophic teaching could have done for them.

–F.F. Bruce, Paul: Apostle of the Heart Set Free

I would like to post more on this in the near future.

3 Responses to “F.F. Bruce on Paul’s Gospel”

  1. 1 matthew r malcolm

    ooh good – I look forward to your future posts on this topic…

  2. 2 Scripture Zealot

    Thanks. I see that you’re getting your PhD is on 1 Corinthians. Now I’m nervous. Someday I’d like to get ahold of Thiselton’s commentary. I’ve been writing about what I’m doing regarding 1 Cor 1 at my other blog.

  3. 3 cindy

    Bruce, probably is one of the few that can challenge Catholics or Orathodox on early christian history. He knew the fathers and didn’t convert to either groups like many protestants are today. Protestants need a person that knows the fathers and Roman history like Bruce did.

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