Dumb People: Talk about "Things"
Average People: Talk about "People"
Smart People: Talk about "Ideas"
We will continue to work through Godly Wisdom by laying some scary and interesting ground work about:
1. EARTHLY Wisdom- being inherently evil--yep you read right -(evil and even Demonic!)
2. HEAVENLY Wisdom- the only way to understand the things of God. And yes I think we can prove they both exist at the same time. It will be really interesting chasing this Rabbit.
Some overall quick Biblical reference(s) again, to lay a firm foundation upon which to build Sound Doctrine.
In the Greek New Testament the word for wisdom is found 60 times and there a 3 levels of wisdom to be found there.
1. HUMAN WISDOM---and this is usually CONTRASTED with HEAVENLY Wisdom.
One major NT Passage concerning Wisdom is found in 1 Corinthians.
God's plan to redeem us, (by us back with a price- means were were into bondage- Hey get your mind back here :-)- and that "PLAN"destroyed the WISDOM of the "WORLDLY" or Worlds Wisest Men.
This aspect of trying to reach God through Mind alone without a Spiritual re-birth is called "MENTAL ASCENT". You get it in theory- in your mind- You KNOW about the Salvation Jesus offers but you don't UNDERSTAND it yet. It it must make that 2 foot drop from Head to Heart to change you and allow the Things of God to be made known or revealed to you. Your Heavenly Father wants you to Love and Talk to Him so much.. but He will not force you to do that. You must respond to His call and "Come unto me, all you who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you REST!!! Cares o' the World got ya down. An injection of 100% Jesus IV (eye-vee) is the ticket to gettin' smart!
1 Corinthians 1:19 (NIV) For it is written: "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate."
In actual fact, Human wisdom Could never comprehend God's plan for salvation. It had to be revealed to us, from and by God Himself; because we didn't have the capacity to know there was a difference or EVEN A PLAN!.
1 Corinthians 1:21 (NIV)
21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.
Paul was not bound here by human wisdom because the Holy Spirit was giving Paul "HEAVENLY WISDOM" to write down and pass the message to us. Human wisdom is completely inadequate to to accept God's Salvation.
18 Do not deceive yourselves. If any one of you thinks he is wise by the standards of this age, he should become a "fool" so that he may become wise. 19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God's sight. As it is written: "He catches the wise in their craftiness."
We are going to lay Human Wisdom Scriptures & Godly Wisdom Scriptures side by side and see what we uncover! The other Two Levels of Wisdom will be introduced soon.
If anyone would like: I would like to see some of your favorite WISE QUOTATIONS or Pearls of Wisdom. Please feel free to "Tag" others just to see if we can get a few examples:
Confucious say: Etc....