1 Corinthians 1:21 KJV
For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
I have two thoughts in reading this passage:
Our world is living in the middle of this verse.
It is too wise to know God. We even go so far as to say the same as much in saying that that people of generations ago were unlearned and superstitious. Would to God we would be less wise in the world that we might have the wisdom of God in our soul!
The passage gives us the order of God's grace.
He saves them that believe. Believing is our act; saving is His. I concur with the G. Campbell Morgan , who said this does not clear up all of the difficulties in grasping election, but it does "…place the emphasis at the right point as it reveals the reveals the fact that the responsibility rests upon those who hear…. To have heard is to have entered into the region of responsibility."