1 Corinthians 1:26-28 (KJV)
For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:
But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:
Adam Clarke, a man who embodies what is Protestantism, says of this passage, “It is very likely that the apostle refers here to the Gentiles and to the Gentile converts, who were considered base and despicable in the eyes of the Jews, who counted them no better than dogs, and who are repeatedly called the things that are not. By these very people, converted to Christianity, God has brought to nought all the Jewish pretensions; and by means of the Gentiles themselves, he has annihilated the whole Jewish polity; so that even Jerusalem itself was soon after this, trodden under foot of the Gentiles.”
Though he views the church as universal and therefore considers this calling and choosing to be of individuals, I see the local church as the audience. It is the local church that is, in this world,
- Foolish and
- Weak and
God created something that was not (a local, New Testament Baptist Church) and has used them to “[annihilate] the whole Jewish polity.”
The Jewish system has been brought to nought by the New Testament Baptist Church.
 It has to be a Baptist church because no Protestant Church sees the Jewish system as “nought.”
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