The Foolishness of God Pt. 1

“To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen.”
{Romans 16:27}

God’s wisdom is expressed, manifest, revealed throughout the testimony of history. “The LORD by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath He established the heavens. By His knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew (Pro. 3:19-20).” Each “day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge” (Ps. 19:2). His wisdom in creation is foundational, creative, and well-known. So well-known, “there is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard (Ps. 19:3). The wisdom continually shewed transcends language barriers and ascends the mind to the glory of God. Moreover, God’s wisdom is by and through Jesus Christ. God’s Son, Jesus Christ is “appointed heir of all things” (Heb. 1:2) and “by whom also He made the worlds;” (Heb. 1:2). Jesus Christ is “the brightness of His {God’s} glory, and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power (Heb. 1:3).” “All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made (John 1:3).” Wherefore, we see “God only wise” “through Jesus Christ” in creation. In Proverbs wisdom takes on a persona that is Jesus Christ, subject to the will of the Father in creation.

“The LORD possessed me in the beginning of His way, before His works of old. I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was. When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water. Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth: while as yet He had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world. When He prepared the heavens, I was there: when He set a compass upon the face of the depth: when He established the clouds above: when He strengthened the fountains of the deep: when He gave to the sea His decree, that the waters should not pass His commandment: when He appointed the foundations of the earth: then I was by Him, as one brought up with Him: and I was daily His delight, rejoicing always before Him;”
{Proverbs 8:22-30}

Yet, man, God’s help meet, “glorified Him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened (Rom. 1:21).” Man persisted in themselves and their self-profession of being wise. Of course, such wisdom is foolish in the eyes of God and was a matter in which He would address. “The world by wisdom (really their foolishness) knew not God, it please God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe (1 Cor. 1:21)” God will shew He is the only wise God, “for it is written, “He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.”” Man’s wisdom will be their own destruction. Man’s wisdom is vain (1 Cor. 3:20), is foolishness with God (1 Cor. 3:19), yet it pleases Him to save them that believe the preaching of the Cross. God has made Christ to be wisdom unto us. We, therefore, do not need the wisdom of the world, a wisdom that takes away from God’s wisdom, a wisdom in which is going to be brought to nought.

“that no flesh should glory in His presence…that, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let Him glory in the Lord.”
{1 Corinthians 1:29, 31}

Look Up,

Josh Strelecki, Pastor-Teacher

  1. Dean Mervin Stedtfeld July 30, 2021 at 1:24 pm

    Wonderful post, Josh. This is exactly we need to counter the “wisdom of this world”; which to God is “foolishness”. The verse that “encapsulates” all this is Colossians 2:3 “In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge”. -Dean

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