“ The INTENT of both Jesus and Paul was NOT to put down or insult but to build up and encourage. They spoke in ways that caused the hearers to hear the truth by seeing the absurdity of the ”wisdom“ they grew up with.
There are many instances of a ”subtle“ or ”witty“ use of reasoning in the language of Paul that might be described as ”tongue in cheek“.”
This is a good article discussing the purpose of giving truth. I pray that as we listen to the ears of the Spirit that all believers possess we allow God to infuse the understanding of Christ into all.