02 October 2015

This 'n' That

The God who created the heavens is the God
of all wisdom.
We are surrounded by the wisdom of this world. A world which knows nothing of the wisdom that is from above (James 3:17) is the world which consumes our lives: whether it is work, school, or perhaps friends or family, the world's wisdom appears to dominate. But does it really, or is it merely an illusion?
For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written,
“I WILL DESTROY THE WISDOM OF THE WISE,
AND THE CLEVERNESS OF THE CLEVER I WILL SET ASIDE.” 
Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe... 
For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God. But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, so that, just as it is written, “LET HIM WHO BOASTS, BOAST IN THE LORD.”
(1 Corinthians 1:18-31)
The wisdom of God—the true wisdom that comes from above—this is what dominates. Though for a little while it seems as though the philosophies of men will prevail, we can know that it is God's wisdom which saves and sanctifies. And it is God's wisdom which will one day decimate the wisdom of this age.

If you are a Christian, aren't you thankful for this wisdom, and for your all-wise God? Aren't you thankful for the divine wisdom which chose to bring salvation to men by means of Christ and His work on the cross? Aren't you thankful for this wisdom which sanctifies? Do you seek this wisdom from above? I pray you do. Wondering where to begin your search? Open your Bible and read.

And of course, though it is not a biblical mandate, there is an element of wisdom that emerges each time you take a few moments to enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • If God's goodness leads to repentance, why do we preach about judgment and sin? The Grace to You blog tackles Romans 2:4, a verse that is quite commonly ripped out of context.
  • In light of last weekend's blood moon and all of us missing the end of the world (again), The Cripplegate revisits the rapture.
  • So, um…I'm confused about Denny Burk's confusion. Did we expect there to be anything Christian about the Pope's speech?
  • Here is your weekly dose of adorable.
  • I don't even know what this is supposed to mean.
  • Good grief, people, I really hope this doesn't surprise you.
  • Yep, I totally judged this book by its cover.
  • The Word of God is true, and truth has authority:

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