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Baptism, the sacrament of unity, had become the point of division. The efficacy of baptism lies in the one whose name is invoked in the baptism (CHRYSOS· TOM). ), a person or a place, or had some symbolic reference (AMBROS1ASTER). ally rejecting. :lOb United in Mind 11nd Judgment UNJTBD IN THINKING. AMBROSIASTBR: Paul prays that the Corinthians will all think one thing, namely, that those who have been born again are children of God. He wants them to be perfecdy united in the teaching which he had given to them.
THBODORBT OF CYR: Paul enumerates two or even three differ· ent kinds of wisdom here. First there is what the world calls folly, wisdom greater than the others. Then there is the wisdom given to hu· man beings by which we reason and act, by which we develop and invent things and by which we can know God. Finally, there is a third kind of wisdom, which is found in the contemplation of the creation. The wisdom which is folly to the world is given to us by the Savior, so that people who know God by natural wis- GoD's WISDOM HAs BacoMB INCARNATB.
6. 16 THB NAMB EvoltBD IN BAPTISM. 11-U. 1'NPNF 1 12:12. ~PNF 1 12:13. 1:17-19 PREACHING THE GOSPEL For Cbrist did not send me to baptize but to preacb the gospel, and not with eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power. 11For the word of the cross is Jolly to those who are perishing, but to us wbo are being saved it is tbe power of God. 19For it is written, •I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the cleverness of the clever I will thwart. • 17 Ovaavrawz Not everyone who baptizes is competent to preach the gospel (AMBROSIAS· TBR).