Whose Wisdom?

WHOSE WISDOM: The Wisdom of God or the wisdom of the world?
WHOSE WISDOM: The Wisdom of God or the wisdom of the world?

God’s Word contrasts the wisdom of God with the wisdom of the world.  Those who embrace worldly wisdom are enamored with signs and wonders, the traditions of men, ethereal esoteric knowledge, and/or  amazing philosophical feats of intellectual prowess; all of which can be considered to be the basic principles of the world.  They will not set their feet upon the ancient paths, the way of God’s eternal salvation.  The gospel of our salvation is the fruit of God’s wisdom.  God’s Word tells us that His plan for the redemption of mankind has been executed according to His wisdom.

15 Because My people have forgotten Me, They have burned incense to worthless idols.  And they have caused themselves to stumble in their ways, From the ancient paths, to walk in pathways and not on a highway,…Jeremiah 18:15

 18 For thus says the Lord, Who created the heavens, Who is God, Who formed the earth and made it, Who has established it, Who did not create it in vain, Who formed it to be inhabited:  “I am the Lord, and there is no other.  19 I have not spoken in secret, In a dark place of the earth; I did not say to the seed of Jacob, ‘Seek Me in vain’; I, the Lord speak righteousness, I declare things that are right.  20 Assemble yourselves and come; Draw near together, You who have escaped from the nations.  They have no knowledge, Who carry the wood of their carved image, And pray to a god that cannot save.  21 Tell and bring forth your case; Yes, let them take counsel together.  Who has declared this from ancient time?  Who has told it from that time?  Have not I, the Lord?  And there is no other God besides Me,  A just God and a Savior; There is none besides Me.  22 Look to Me, and be saved, All you ends of the earth!  For I am God, and there is no other.”  Isaiah 45:18-22

 25 Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery kept secret since the world began 26 but now made manifest, and by the prophetic Scriptures made known to all nations, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, for obedience to the faith-27 to God, alone wise, be glory through Jesus Christ forever.  Amen.  Romans 16:25-27

 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, 4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, 5 having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.  7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace 8 which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, 9 having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, 10 that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth-in Him.  11 In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to His will, 12 that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.  Ephesians 1:3-12

 In 1 Corinthians the first chapter, Paul by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, lays out clearly and concisely that the wisdom of God is far superior to the wisdom of man, and results in salvation from the just judgment of God that rests upon every human being because of their sinful rebellion against Him.  Man’s wisdom lies impotent in the dust, unable to keep the sinner from sin, and powerless to present sinners before our Holy God as acceptable and cleansed from their sin.

17 For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of no effect.  18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.  19 For it is written:  “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, And bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.”  20 Where is the wise?  Where is the scribe?  Where is the disputer of this age?  Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?  21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.  22 For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom; 23 but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, 24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.  25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.  1 Corinthians 1:17-25

 “God’s Word contrasts the wisdom of God with the wisdom of the world. “

All man-made efforts to attain to the knowledge of God are empty and void of any substance.  There may be an appearance of realizing knowledge of God, or god, through the deceit of the god of this age which he perpetrates against sinners to keep them blinded in their rebellion and sin and in the way of eternal destruction.  The wisdom of God, however, leads us to Him, and that way is through the way of the cross of Jesus Christ as declared to us in the Holy Scriptures, the Bible.  The truth that Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins and rose again from the dead for our life, is the wisdom of God on display for the salvation of sinners and for His glory.  Any plan of salvation that originates in the wisdom of men is a deceit and a fraud and leads only to darkness, depravity, and destruction.

For those of us who have eschewed the wisdom of this world and instead embraced the wisdom of God through our faith in Jesus Christ and His glorious gospel, we can be assured that God our Father in heaven has made every provision for us that we may walk in His wisdom, while we wait for Christ, and turn from the tired old tricks of the world that are used by the lost to get them through their sojourn on this earth.  The lost employ so many different methods to deal with their problems, but they will not seek the wisdom that comes from God and is their only genuine solution.  They love psychology, psychiatry, recreation, escape through drugs or alcohol, rationalization, entertainment, expert advice, advice from family or friends, religion, and the myriad of self-help books that are so prevalent in the marketplace.  For us, believers, God has promised to establish us in His wisdom, to give us wisdom when we ask Him, and to provide His preserved wisdom in His Word the Bible.  How much better is it for us to go to the fountain of crystal clear water rather than the puddle of putrid pollution?

30 But of Him you re in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God-and righteousness and sanctification and redemption-31 that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the Lord.”  1 Corinthians 1:30-31

27 To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles:  which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.  28 Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus.   29 To this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily.  Colossians 1:27-29

 15 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, 16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil.  17 Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.  Ephesians 5:15-17

 16 Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.  17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.  Colossians 3:16-17

 5 Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time.  6 Let you speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.  Colossians 4:5-6

 15…and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation-as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you,16  as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures.  2 Peter 3:15-16

 12 For this reason I will not be negligent to remind you always of these things, though you know and are established in the present truth.  13 Yes, I think it is right, as long as I am in this tent, to stir you up by reminding you, 14 knowing that shortly I must put off my tent, just as our Lord Jesus Christ showed me.  15 Moreover I will be careful to ensure that you always have a reminder of these things after my decease.  2 Peter 1:13-15

 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.  6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.  7 For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.  James 1:5-8

13 Who is wise and understanding among you?  Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom.  14 But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth.  15 This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic.  16 For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there.  17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.  18 Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.   James 3:13-18

 “All man-made efforts to attain to the knowledge of God are empty and void of any substance. “

We must realize that the gospel of our salvation has nothing to do with the wisdom of mankind.  As we follow Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior we must be careful to listen to and obey only Him, relying on the wisdom that He imparts to us through His Word and His Holy Spirit.  Throughout the ages much that has passed itself off as Christianity has relied heavily upon the wisdom of man and has been used by the devil to lead many astray, away from the simplicity that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.  May our God and Savior establish us in Christ Jesus and make us stand upon His wisdom for His glory!

by Eliza

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Originally posted at Holding Forth His WordWhose Wisdom?




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