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Verse 27: “But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty;”

A car racer, Cliff Steele, has a freak accident and his brain is surgically placed in a nigh invulnerable robot body.
A test pilot, Larry Trainor, has a freak accident, requiring him to be wrapped in radiation-proof bandages to contain the alien being that has bonded with him.
A talented, athletic, beautiful actress named Rita Farr has a freak accident with strange volcanic gases, giving her size changing abilities.

All of them considered freaks; but Niles Caulder bonds them together into a team to protect the world…a team called…the Doom Patrol.

5 teenagers with various mutations are recruited to the Charles Xavier School for Gifted Youngsters. One has wings, one has optic blast vision, one can form ice, one has beast-like strength and agility, and one has telekinesis. Feared by the world, these mutants will become mankind’s protectors…the X-Men.

In both instances, DC Comics and Marvel Comics created magazines about outcasts; these outcasts became unlikely heroes and the reading public loved them. Even today, some of these heroes exist now on the big screen of movies. But if you were to pick some type of superheroes to be easily accepted and popular, would you have picked these? Even a young Stan Lee had to convince his bosses when he was first starting out to give him a chance with a teenager who wasn’t a sidekick…a teenager who would become Spider-Man!

Paul is reminding the Corinthian church that God has picked the least likely choices (by man’s standards) to spread the Gospel, to show The Way. Think about Jesus’s disciples: were they all-star teams of leaders with great talent sets? Were they the Justice League or the Avengers?

No, their occupations were:
Fishermen
Tax Collector
Zealot
Tradesmen
And some we don’t even know what they did…they were just called by Jesus.
(Found this info at https://www.allaboutjesuschrist.org/occupations-of-the-12-disciples-faq.htm)

The world would look at them and say “They’re going to help change the world?” Jesus looked at them and said, “Come, and I will make you fishers of men.”

Something to think about.

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Verse 5: “When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.”

Years ago, Marvel Comics published a comic series entitled What If ___? and then would fill in the blank. The first story was entitled “What if Spider-Man had joined the Fantastic Four?” In the original storyline, Spider-Man tried to join, but was rejected by the FF when he was told they didn’t get paid salaries (Spidey was trying to find a way to earn more money to support him and Aunt May). In this “what if” story, the FF does accept Spider-Man, and the story unfolds following the new Fantastic Five. The ending is not a happy one, as history takes a different path for the participants. Serving as the narrator of these alternate reality stories was Uatu, a member of the alien race of Watchers, who monitor and observe reality…but are not supposed to interfere. Uatu framed the storyline by using a device in his home on the moon that allowed him to see alternate realities, and how certain actions had different consequences.

Having just read about Apollos in the previous chapter, and how Aquila and Priscilla mentored him in understanding the full Gospel message, we are reminded that, up to then, Apollos taught about Jesus, but only understood the baptism taught by John the Baptist. We don’t know if the disciples that Paul encounters were taught by Apollos or by someone else. The actions of Apollos in the previous chapter frame the consequences that these men were under in this chapter. Nevertheless, Paul instructs them and completes their understanding of the Holy Spirit and baptism in the name of Jesus Christ. Now, the men, after this action, faced better consequences, since they received the Holy Spirit and were truly complete in their salvation.

Actions and consequences. God has given us a sacred mission; to tell the world the Good News of Jesus Christ. We can’t trust the world to tell them; Christians need to share the knowledge of this gift so that all may come to know Jesus as Lord and Savior.

Something to think about.

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Verse 12, 16: “I beg of you, brethren, become as I am, for I also have become as you are. You have done me no wrong;” “Have I therefore become your enemy by telling you the truth?”

In an issue of Marvel Team-Up (a comic series that offered usually a one-issue adventure with Spider-Man and a guest star), Spider-Man and Howard the Duck had to team up to defeat a super-villain named Status Quo. This gentleman, bombarded, besieged, and attacked by the fads of the day, took it upon himself to learn Madison Avenue media manipulation techniques and other forms of subliminal suggestion to begin a crusade to destroy all fads and return to “the good old days”. Making his way to New York (via a taxi-cab ride from Howard), Status Quo begins to stir the tired day-shift New Yorkers into a hypnotized frenzy in the park. Spider-Man primarily quells the rioting and then helps Howard, who tries to convince Status Quo that it’s okay for folks to blow off a little steam and enjoy themselves. He accuses Status Quo of being nothing but a “wet blanket”. Seeing the error of his ways, Status Quo reconsiders his crusades, as his formerly convinced, dazed followers go back to their lives.

Paul had another type of “brainwashing” he had to overcome here. He reminds the Galatians that they formerly had welcomed him and received the message of salvation eagerly. Now they were bamboozled by the Judaizers’ speeches that Paul wasn’t a true apostle, and that the salvation he preached was incomplete. He had to cut through the hypnotic hogwash that the Galatians were being fed and remind them again what the truth really was. Pretty words and convincing talk can sometime muddy the waters, especially if the subject of the message seems logical or clear. But be wary; the devil is not stupid and is not called the prince of lies for nothing!

Also remember: Jesus came to upset the status quo of the day, and show all the way to true salvation!

Something to think about.

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