17 For Christ did not send me to baptize,(A) but to preach the gospel—not with wisdom(B) and eloquence, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.

Christ Crucified Is God’s Power and Wisdom

18 For the message of the cross is foolishness(C) to those who are perishing,(D) but to us who are being saved(E) it is the power of God.(F)

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25 I have become its servant(A) by the commission God gave me(B) to present to you the word of God(C) in its fullness— 26 the mystery(D) that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people. 27 To them God has chosen to make known(E) among the Gentiles the glorious riches(F) of this mystery, which is Christ in you,(G) the hope of glory.

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