This message was all based upon the wisdom of God. He explains it further.
We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. No, we speak of God’s secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
1 Corinthians 2:6-8
The first thing I see is that the message of God’s wisdom is for the mature. It’s not a basic instruction. There are things that you need to be taught when you’re first saved. These foundational teachings will give you the ability to understand the greater wisdom of God.
That’s because we’ve spent our whole lives before salvation learning and operating in the “wisdom of this age”. God’s wisdom is on a whole other level. So much so, that those versed in the world’s wisdom can’t even understand it.
According to Scripture, the greatest wisdom of this age will only bring you to uselessness. That’s what the phrase means that’s translated coming to nothing.
On the other hand, I like the results of God’s wisdom. God destined His wisdom for our glory. That word means that you have respect – that what you say and do has weight and value.
I think that much of this glory is missing from the church these days. Could it be that we’re trying to use the world’s wisdom instead of God’s? It’s the difference between uselessness and glory.
Paul uses the crucifixion of Christ as an illustration. It was a part of God’s wisdom. The world can’t fathom it…dying on a cross as the road to victory.
“The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life — only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.”
When I watch a movie for the first time, I don’t know what’s going to happen. I’m in suspense when something bad happens to the hero. Sometimes they’ll do something I don’t understand.
Then, I wonder how the hero could possibly survive. But as the movie progresses, I find out that everything he did was part of a plan to bring down the villain.
If I liked the movie, I may watch it again. But this time I know what’s going to happen. I’m not in suspense. I’m actually happy when I see the hero going into danger because I know how it’s going to turn out.
That’s what knowing the wisdom of God should do for us. We’ve seen the movie before. What Jesus did on the cross was a carefully planned, strategic attack on the enemy. He wasn’t taken by surprise.
In that one move, Jesus Christ took down the entire kingdom of sin that was holding us captive. We’re now free to serve God without fear or condemnation. All because of what happened through the wisdom of God.
So when I look back at the events of 2000 or so years ago, I’m not sad. As a matter of fact, I have a sly smile. Because I know that even though it looked bad, three days later it all turned around. And that’s something to rejoice about!
God wants to do that same thing in us. But first, we must grasp the wisdom of God. The big question is; how? In my next post, we’ll see how Paul begins to explain that to us.
Question: What would it look like if the whole church walked in the wisdom of God?
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