“Your Faith Should Not Stand In The Wisdom Of Men” Part 1

1Co 2:1  And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.

1Co 2:2  For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.

1Co 2:3  And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.

1Co 2:4  And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:

1Co 2:5  That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

One of the first doctrines of reproof given by the Apostle Paul to the Corinthians deals with their desire to be ‘enticed’ by men that preached unto them the “good words and fair speeches” that catered to their wants and desires concerning this world, and their thinking that God has a willingness to see that man’s earthly wants and desires are fulfilled (on a godly scale of course). The Corinthians witnessed the Apostle Paul experience “weakness,” “fear,” and “much trembling” while he was among them, but the Corinthians did not see the benefit that came with the “sufferings of Christ,” and quite frankly, they thought that suffering in itself, did not make much ‘sense’ to the ‘wise’ in Corinth. And it was the ‘wise’ in Corinth that desired to be taught by ones who seemed to be the ‘men of wisdom’ concerning God’s word. And Paul ‘demonstrated’ the effectual working of the Spirit (the word of God) through him when he experienced the things mentioned in verse 3, and when he “endured” them, the “power” of God was shown, whether the Corinthians were aware of it or not; they were witnesses of it through the Apostle Paul just the same.

Rom 16:17  Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.

Rom 16:18  For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.

Rom 16:19  For your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil.

In today’s church, this world’s ‘wise’ men apply this world’s thinking to the word of God, instead of applying God’s word to their thinking, but there are some who do apply God’s word to their thinking, but these are often looked upon as the “simple” because of their “contrary” thinking to what this world says about how God’s word should be understood. This is why there are so many “divisions” among those who say they are Christians, each one has his own view point on how God’s word should be preached, and when his thinking differs from the norm, he out of his own ‘wisdom’ forms his own “doctrine” (denomination). The definition of denomination ought to be defined as ‘their viewpoint about what they think God is actually saying,’ because each one has their own “contrary” views to which they stand upon.

1Co 2:6  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:

1Co 2:7  But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:

1Co 2:8  Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

1Co 2:9  But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

1Co 2:10  But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.

We as “sons” must follow God’s design for our edification, not this world’s; and the only way we can be educated unto a “perfect” man is by standing upon what our bibles say, regardless what this world comes up with next concerning God’s word. In verse 10 Paul says “God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit,” this is referring to what the Holy Spirit revealed unto Paul, whereby we can now understand and appreciate God’s unique wisdom towards us today. Also, as we can see the “Spirit searcheth all things” when we use God’s word the way that He intended; and this is by being able to “discern” if what we hear is according to God’s word or according man’s wisdom.

1Co 2:11  For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.

1Co 2:12  Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.

1Co 2:13  Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

1Co 2:14  But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

1Co 2:15  But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.

1Co 2:16  For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

Likewise, when we compare “spiritual things with spiritual,” we “mark them which cause divisions” and the doctrine that they preach, and identify it for being what it is; “man’s wisdom,” and we stand upon what the “Holy Ghost teacheth” us in God’s word of truth. We also must judge this world’s wisdom just as our Father does, and the way the “Holy Ghost teacheth,” and that is as “foolishness,” and this is where our edification comes in; we should have the capacity to “judgeth all things” by what we have been properly taught, and it is the maturity, and growth in His Word that is designed to “work effectually within us” as we judge the affairs of this life by His word, and live unto Him in holiness, and operate upon a Spiritual mind in godliness, and not according to the traditions, or the wisdom of men, and this is what having “the mind of Christ is all about.”

Rod Jones

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