Read: 1 Corinthians 2:6-16
Consider: In introducing the topic of God’s wisdom in 1 Corinthians 2, Paul says: My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power (2:4-5). Human wisdom can be very persuasive and many people have been (and are still being) led astray into error by false teaches who base their views on what human minds have reasoned, rather than on what God has said in the Bible.
Here is how Paul describes God’s wisdom: We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began (1 Corinthians 2:6-7). The wisdom that Paul shares in his gospel message is not something that agrees with the accepted wisdom of the time, nor does it agree with the views put forward by the intelligentsia and gurus of the age. Read 1 Corinthians 1:20-25 to learn more about how God regards those who are considered wise by the world’s standards.
Paul tells us that God’s wisdom is a mystery that, although it has been hidden, is what God destined for us before time began. It is interesting that Paul tells us that the world’s wisdom is foolishness to God (1 Corinthians 3:19), but also that those in the world see the gospel message as foolishness (2:14). While we know that the message of the gospel may sound weak and ineffective, it is not the weakness of the message that makes it sound foolish to the world. Paul tells us: The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:14).
What Paul says should cause us to think about what convinces people of the truth of the gospel message. It is not man’s wisdom, eloquent arguments or persuasive words. It is only through the action of the Holy Spirit on a person’s heart and mind that their eyes will be opened to see and understand the truth we set before them. This means that we need to pray that God will pour out his Spirit on our communities and nations, so that lost men and women may come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
Pray: Father, keep us from arrogance that thinks we can persuade people to commit their lives to Christ. May we faithfully sow the seed, trusting in the Holy Spirit to open people’s hearts and minds to the truth. Amen