Wednesday, September 19, 2007

1 Corinthians 2:1-13

First let me start with some background. The Corinthians were confusing the gospel by creating artificial standards of faith. They were using wisdom as the gauge. The more wisdom someone claimed, the more spiritual that person became. They were arguing and dividing over which person had the deepest spirituality. Paul, on the other hand, did not come to them and try to compete on a human wisdom basis. Instead he came with the “simple” gospel message. In these verses Paul was not debating speculative notions for these never saved anyone. The wisdom of this world offers nothing for salvation. Salvation comes from the wisdom of God. “We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us.” (verse 12). Paul says that the gospel message had not been given with words of human wisdom because no human wisdom can adequately explain God’s wisdom. To this I say a big Amen.

Can you imagine what heaven would be like if it were designed by human begins? I submit it would be a lot like earth. I do not know about you but I do not think the earth humans have created is paradise. I mean it is not horrible, at least not where we live, but it certainly is not a place with a peace beyond our understanding. In verse 9 Paul states, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.” In other words, the future blessings we will enjoy in heaven are beyond the ability of our pea size brains to understand. To this I say alleluia!!!

But how do we know this? We know this not because a human being has told us but because God has revealed it to us. Not because of human wisdom but because of God’s wisdom.

Since God is so wise, and much wiser then ourselves, wouldn’t it be smart to follow His will and not our own, or that of another human? For believers the simple and obvious answer is yes.

Wishing you the best in your walk with Christ,
Richard Leach

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