The spiritual Temple of God is to be built with choice materials, sparing no expense when it comes to construction. This, of course, is usually the mindset of someone building their own house. The only reason one would willingly use inferior materials is because the cost of superior ones is too high. In architecture, this can provide an immediate solution but will likely pose problems years down the road or during a trying event. The same is true with the Church as the Temple of God. If Christians use inferior materials to build, compromising integrity for a false sense of harmony, that building will not stand under the trials and testing God has in store.
Paul ties this engineering metaphor with his previous argument: the inferior is the wisdom of this age; the superior is the wisdom of God. This contrast is startlingly sharp for 21st century Christians. Too many churches have allowed or invited in worldly wisdom, setting aside the more challenging yet superior Godly wisdom. Paul makes clear that the wisdom of this world is foolishness to God, while the wisdom of God is foolishness to the world.
About the Series
Paul’s First Epistle to the church in Corinth is a letter full of love and sorrow. Love for God’s Word and His Church is present on every page and sorrow for a church that has given over to the divisive wantonness of a real-world “Vanity Fair.”