1 Corinthians 3; 18-19; 18 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you thinks that he is wise in this age, he must become foolish, so that he may become wise. 19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness before God. For it is written, “He is the one who catches the wise in their craftiness”;
1 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you thinks that he is wise in this age Mathew Henry wrote these words concerning this texts, “Do not be led away from the truth and simplicity of the gospel by pretenders to science and eloquence, by a show of deep learning, or a flourish of words, by rabbis, orators, or philosophers.” Note, We are in great danger of deceiving ourselves when we have too high an opinion of human wisdom and arts; plain and pure Christianity will be likely to be despised by those who can suit their doctrines to the corrupt taste of their hearers, and set them off with fine language, or support them with a show of deep and strong reasoning.” Furthermore he states, “But he who seems to be wise must become a fool that he may be wise. He must be sensible of his own ignorance, and lament it; he must distrust his own understanding, and not lean on it. To have a high opinion of our wisdom is but to flatter ourselves, and self-flattery is the very next step to self-deceit. The way to true wisdom is to sink our opinion of our own to a due level, and be willing to be taught of God.?
There’s old saying that gym teacher would often say when the team play poorly, and done inadequately in a game. He or she would have the students sitting down, and they display a ball, and uttered these words this is a ball , meaning back to the basics and go over the play book again.
Too often we Christians tend to forget the power of the gospel or how God rescue us from our deplorable condition called sin, by using the simplistically of the cross. We start relaying on the cleverness of science, and eloquence orators or philosophers of the age or psychologist trying to understand the person needs instead the foolishness of the cross, in which it rescue we from helps estate.
According to the apostle Paul he wrote those words, “For the wisdom of this world is foolishness before God.” Science, philosophers nor psychologists do not have power to remove the guilt of sin nor purge the stain in our hearts cause by sin. In the eyes of God, it’s only foolishness of the cross that flushes our guilty souls and reconnect us to God.
Today, people wear gold or silver crosses around their necks as symbol of their Christian belief. Back in apostle Paul the cross meant the person was a convicted felon that committed a mayor crime such as terrorists or murders. They were condemned to die by being nail to a cross. It was a slow, painful, and shameful way of dying, and you were display in public for everyone to see. For example, it would be like wearing electric chair or legal injection or noose around your neck as a symbol of believing in God.
To the Christian it powerful symbol of forgiveness and being relieved of their sins. Richard J. Foster wrote these about the cross, “this redemptive process is the great mystery hidden in the heart of God. But, I know that it is true. I know this not only because of the Bible says it is true, but because I have seen that effects the lives of many people, including myself. It is the ground upon which we can know that confession and forgiveness or realities, it transforms us. Without the cross, the Discipline of confession would be only psychologically therapeutic.” Believer Commentary wrote these words,”Man by searching could never find out God, neither would human wisdom ever have devised a plan of salvation by which God would become Man in order to die for guilty, vile, rebel sinners.” Furthermore he wrote,
“Man with all his learning cannot thwart the plans of the Lord; instead, God often shows them that despite their worldly wisdom, they are utterly poor and powerless.
In the eyes of God it is a bridge that connects us with him, and we’re able to have fellowship with God. Lastly, Nelson’s New Testament Survey wrote these words, “The best wisdom the natural person can produce is foolishness compared with the wisdom God has revealed in His Word.”