CHRIST CRUCIFIED.STEPHE OLI, D.D., LL.D.,For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdomBut we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling-block, andunto the Greeks foolishness; but unto them which are called, bothJews and Greeks, Christ, the power of God and the wisdom of God.Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weaknessof God is stronger than men. — 1 Cor., i., 22-25.Jews and Greeks, among whom the early ministry of theapostles and their successors was mostly exercised, constitu-ted originally, as they may now be taken to represent, thetwo great classes who reject, or, receiving, corrupt and per-vert the Gospel. And these classes were not, and are notformed chiefly by national customs, and peculiarities, and dif-ferences of education. They grow out of the tendencies of our nature, as modified and misdirected by tlie fall and itsconsequences. Men, not as Jews, or Greeks, or barbarians,but as men, and fallen men, incline to a gross or materialtheology, and are instinctively averse to a spiritual religion." The natural man receiveth not the things of the spirit of God, for they are foolishness unto him, neither can he knowthem, because they are spiritually discerned."^ This passageof Scripture describes the stronger and the more general tend-ency, and by far the larger class of persons.I. All the forms of idolatry, ancient and modern, fall underthis comprehensive category of the material and the gross,and each of them proves and illustrates the position hereassumed. Their gods of gold, and silver, and wood, andstone — the deification of the planets and the elements — of animals, or abstract principles, with all their religious rites* 1 Cor., ii., 14.