December 10, 2013
THE GEORGIA CAPITOL DEVOTIONAL - 10 December 2013
The Word of God has much to say regarding wisdom. Proverbs 1:5 reads, “A wise man will hear and increase in learning, and a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel.” A wise person listens to instruction, especially the Word of God.
Mark 4:24 – And He was saying to them, “Take care what you listen to. By your standard of measure it will be measured to you; and more will be given you besides.
Luke 8:18 – “So take care how you listen; for whoever has, to him more shall be given; and whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has shall be taken away from him.”
However, mere knowledge of Scripture is not all that is necessary. One can pursue knowledge with the wrong motivations, and thus one’s pursuit will be vain.
Ecclesiastes 12:12 – But beyond this, my son, be warned: the writing of many books is endless, and excessive devotion to books is wearying to the body.
One can memorize knowledge easily. Wisdom, however, considers that knowledge and how to use it rightly.
Why do some welcome “the Spirit” and “the power of God,” while others do not? The answer is given in verses 6-16 of First Corinthians 2. Scripture is not teaching that we have nothing wise to offer, nor that many are opposed to wisdom; rather, it is that the wisdom of God is drastically different from what the world offers. God’s wisdom is eternal and is made known by the Holy Spirit, and that wisdom today is found in the Scriptures (1 Cor 2:6-7).
Just as there are two types of wisdom, there are also two types of people: the natural person and the spiritual individual. God’s secret wisdom is not some magical kind of knowledge. Some things that the unbeliever does not understand is quite evident to the believer. Powerful people in this world knew nothing of God’s wisdom, and their ignorance led them to reject the things of the Spirit (2:8-10).
God’s truth is welcomed by those whom the Spirit enlightens (2:10-11). The means by which God provides the knowledge of his thoughts is by the Holy Spirit, who is the only one who completely understands the mind of God. The thoughts of God would be impossible to know without the working of the Holy Spirit for it was his task to supervise the writing of the Scriptures. The Bible is a record of the thoughts of God, and those who study it are able to know all the things that God has “freely given” (2:12).
“Spiritual thoughts with spiritual words” is vastly different from those values favored by “natural” persons who neither welcome biblical teachings nor are able to understand them (2:13-14). The natural person is without the Spirit, and thus lives as though there was nothing beyond the physical world (2:14). With values that are material, the natural person judges matters based upon material and physical perspectives. The natural person does not, and cannot, understand or value spiritual things.
The spiritual (mature) person is controlled by the Holy Spirit (cf. Rom 8:6-8), and thus enjoys the special privilege of being able to appraise all things, which means they can examine all things carefully and distinguish what is important. Someone who has “the mind of Christ” is able to make the right decisions concerning life. The wisdom needed today for life decisions is available through God’s revelation (the Bible)!
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Grace and Peace to You,