Thursday, November 17, 2005

 

Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men!

I don’t know what to say about why I am writing about this, but these scriptures have been on my mind for some time. I believe they have some answers to why there are so many new church movements and churches that keep trying to find new ways to try to convert those who are ‘lost’ and why the church in some ways seems to have this idea that we need worldly wisdom and dynamic preaching to keep those who are professed believers from falling away.
Please read the following verses and I will comment further below.


1 Corinthians 1:25-31, 2:1-8
25Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 26For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; 27but 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, 28and 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, 29so that no man may boast before God. 30But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, 31so that, just as it is written, "LET HIM WHO BOASTS, BOAST IN THE LORD." 1And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God. For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. 3I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling, 4and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God. 6Yet we do speak wisdom among those who are mature; a wisdom, however, not of this age nor of the rulers of this age, who are passing away; 7but we speak God's wisdom in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God predestined before the ages to our glory; 8the wisdom which none of the rulers of this age has understood; for if they had understood it they would not have crucified the Lord of glory;(NASB)


I believe the Holy Spirit speaking through Paul is telling us that using persuasive words of wisdom by 'trained' superior speakers can lead most to a faith based on mans ability and not the power of God by the Spirit. Faith based on persuasive words of wisdom is most likely why we have churches that have to keep coming up with something new to keep the fold interested and why those that attend are really not concerned about sin in their lives and how it effects their relationship to God, they haven’t seen or experienced the power of God in Jesus Christ and Him crucified. A faith based on mans ability will always depend on mans ability to keep it. True faith does “not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God”.

Why do we think we have to add to the gospel words of wisdom from man? I believe it’s because of the age old problem since we discovered that we were naked after the fall. We ‘worked’ and sewed fig leaves together thinking that we could make ourselves presentable to God and He removed them and put skins on us from an animal that He ‘worked’ to make. We think we can or have to do something on our own to get the God of Glory to accept us, we couldn’t then and we can’t now. We try to use our persuasive words of wisdom to tell people about the gospel thinking God will really be pleased with us because we brought someone into the Kingdom by OUR wise counsel.

I think God is telling us in these scriptures that if we get rid of the wisdom that comes from self and determine to know nothing but Jesus Christ and Him crucified then His Spirit and power will draw people to Jesus and we can then boast in the Lord for being a part of it. True faith that rest on the power of God doesn’t need the latest program created from mans wisdom to keep us serving the LORD. A person with true faith only needs his/her heart strengthen by grace(Hebrews 13:9)to keep serving the LORD.

I will comment another time on why I think many who are true believers never reach maturity in today’s church.
I would like for all who read this to leave your comments and let me know what you think good or bad.
Grace & Peace

Thursday, November 03, 2005

 

"you better not mess with God!"?

How many times have you heard a person say “you better not mess with God”?
I have heard this many times from others and preachers and most likely I said it when I was too stupid to know better.
How can we “mess” with God? Is God so weak that He can be “messed” with? I hope not! If He is then we are in bad shape. To say that God can be “messed” with implies that we can upset set His sovereignty and cause Him to “slap His knee” or lose control of His emotions in frustration at us because we have caused something to happen to cause Him to lose control of something.

We should always reverently fear Him in the sense that we are the creatures and He is the Creator. We can do this by humbling ourselves to the fact that we are created by Him and have absolutely no control over our lives other than what He has granted us.

For someone to say “don’t mess with God” is very disrespectful to our sovereign Creator.
People say this thinking they are warning or scaring someone out of it, when in reality the person they are warning is trying to do something that is impossible to do, which is "mess with God".
You may be thinking you are “messing” with God, but you are only messing with yourself.

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