Monday, September 7, 2009

1 Corinthians 2:6-16 (The Message of the Cross is Wisdom)

“Yet we do speak wisdom among those who are mature; a wisdom, however, not of this age nor of the rulers of this age…” “For who has known the mind of the lord, that he will instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.”

Paul has been belittling the work of the messengers of the Gospel in an effort to show the Corinthians that their pride and boasting is misguided. Perhaps it might have begun to sound as though the message itself and not just its delivery is foolish. It is not. The Message of the Cross is the wisdom of God, it just seems strange to those who are lost.

People can be pretty smart. The minds of men have discovered and reasoned some pretty amazing things. There are philosophies and systems of thought that have advanced the world in ever increasing and exponential ways. However, the human mind has it limits.

The Mind of Christ is the mind that created reality as it exists in this universe (and any other universe there may be) and exists—no, IS—outside of reality and time. The Mind of Christ is not discovered or understood. The Message of the Cross is revealed. It is supernatural and it is reality in the company of mere shadows and perspectives of limited grasp.

When people turn to God and receive the Mind of Christ and grow and mature in that relationship with Christ, they begin to see reality and they begin to be able to evaluate other ideas coming from the world. The key to this growth in maturity is seen repeatedly in Scripture: “The Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” That is to say the recognition that God knows everything and we know nothing, the yielding to God on all matters requiring evaluation… that is where wisdom begins.

Unfortunately, there seems to be a limited number of mature Christians in the world today…

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