1 Corinthians 2.1-7 – Humility in preferring the wisdom of God to our own wisdom.
Posted: 11 July 2012 in 1 Corinthians

And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought: But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory.

The wisdom of God is, obviously, to be found preeminently between the pages of the Bible. But there are some things which cannot be got from the Bible, and that is because they are prerequisites to being able to read the Bible as God’s word. They are (amongst other things):

a.) Faith that God exists.
b.) Faith that God has revealed himself through the pages of the Bible.
c.) The humility to submit to God’s authority in all things.

The first two of those prerequisites imply that the truth of the Bible is divinely guaranteed, which is something we need to hang on to. We may misunderstand the Bible, and we may misinterpret it, but the fault always lies with us, and not with the divinely inspired scriptures. A central tenet of worldly wisdom is that we are the final arbiters of what can and cannot be accepted as true, and the third of those three prerequisites directly contradicts that. It might be further expanded upon as (amongst other things):

a.) The humility to accept as true things we might not want to hear – because they are spoken by God.
b.) The humility to accept as true those things which might not make sense to us. Again because they are spoken by God.

If aquisition of those prerequisites cannot be got through reading the Bible, they must come from some other source, and the only other source available is God himself. The ability, and more importantly willingness, to hear and accept a wisdom which is not this world’s comes to us as a gift from God. All the evidence (biblical and otherwise) points to that gift not being made universally available. Sometimes an evangelical can be heard telling an atheist that he (the atheist) secretly knows that God exists, but he is just unwilling to admit it. The atheist, meanwhile, seems to be quite clear that he has no such intuition. The reason the evangelical tries to insist that he knows the atheist’s inner state, better than the atheist knows it himself, seems to be an unwillingness to accept at least one unwelcome truth taught in the Bible. And that truth is predestination.

God is holy, God is wise, and, above all, God is our instructor in all matters pertaining to faith. (He is also our Lord.)

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