Who then is “Sophia”?

Sophia, in this instance is not a “Who” but a “What”.

“Sophia” is the Greek word used in the following address by the apostle Paul.

For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not in cleverness (SOPHIA) of speech, so that the cross of Christ would not be made void. (1 Cor 1:17)

“Sophia” then is the Greek word translated “cleverness” or “wisdom”, and refers to that philosophical Greek eloquence of speech with wisdom of words and discourse that are sure to please!

But Paul would have none of that.

Nor must we!

We must not lean on our own understanding, but we must rely on preaching the “foolishness of the cross”.

If we do rely on “Sophia”, Paul tells us very clearly that the cross of Christ is made void, emptied of its power, and made of no effect!!!

Do we want a powerless gospel?!

Of course not.

Then we must preach Christ with the unction of the Holy Spirit and with words of truth, clearly presenting the cross in its fullness and ‘affrontedness’. That way, there is a demonstration of the Spirit and power, and people’s faith then rests not on man’s wisdom, but on the power of God!

How do you solve a problem like Sophia?

Preach the uncompromising cross of Jesus Christ!

Paul met Sophia…

Paul won out.