My Dear Brothers & Sisters in CHRIST,
Praise the LORD.
“ I will destroy the wisdom of the wise and set aside the understanding of the scholars.” 1 COR 1:19.
My dear brothers & sisters, St.Paul clearly tells us that having worldly wisdom without the love or knowledge of GOD is total foolishness, and they are the ones that are going to be lost.
He asks, so then , where does that leave the wise or the scholars ? Or the skilful debaters of this world ? GOD has shown that this world’s wisdom is foolishness !
For the message about CHRIST’S death on the cross is nonsense to those who are being lost; but for us who are being saved it is by GOD’S wisdom.
GOD in his wisdom made it impossible for people to know him by means of their own wisdom. GOD purposely chose what the world considers nonsense in order to shame the wise, and he chose what the world considers weak in order to shame the powerful.
My brothers & sisters, GOD chose what the world looks down and despises, and thinks is nothing, in order to destroy what the world thinks is important.
“ Whoever wants to boast must boast of what the LORD has done.” 1 COR 1:31.
JESUS said, ‘ Happy are those who have not seen, but yet believe! How much happy we should be, my brothers & sisters, because even though we have not seen JESUS, we believe that JESUS is the Son of GOD, our LORD & Saviour.
But there are so many, my brothers & sisters who do not believe, because of their worldly wisdom. This wisdom prevents them from accepting or believing, because when they acquire so much of worldly wisdom, the power of reasoning comes into the fore ! And when they start reasoning, they start thinking and when they start thinking, they start doubting !
So where does all of this worldly wisdom of the so called intellectuals leave them – they are lost !
JESUS clearly says “ The knowledge about the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven has been given to you, but not to them. For the person who has something will be given more, so that he will have more than enough; but the person who has nothing will have taken away from him even the little he has. So JESUS says the prophecy of Isiah applies to them: “ This people will listen and listen, but not understand; they will look and look, but not see, because their minds are dull, and they have stopped up their ears and have closed their eyes. Otherwise, their eyes would see, their ears would hear, their minds would understand, and they would turn to me, says GOD and I would heal them.”
“ Happy are those who know they are spiritually poor, the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to them.” MT 5:3.
So my brothers & sisters, JESUS says, the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven is the one who humbles himself and becomes like a child ! I assure you that unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
St. Paul tells us ‘ Do not confirm yourselves to the standards of this world, but let GOD transform you inwardly by a complete change of your mind. Do not think of yourself more highly than you should, instead be modest in your thinking and judge yourself according to the amount of faith that GOD has given you.’
No one should fool himself. If anyone among you thinks he is wise by this world’s standards, he should become like a fool, in order to be really wise. For what this world considers to be wisdom is nonsense in GOD’S sight.
“ Whoever makes himself great will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be made great.” MT 23:12.
So how do we find true wisdom my brothers & sisters, wisdom that comes from above , from GOD ? The Bible says “ If you fear the LORD, you will do this. Master his law, and you will find wisdom. She will come to welcome you, like a mother or a young bride. She will give you wisdom and knowledge like food and drink. Rely on her for support and you will never know the disgrace of failure. She will make you more honoured than all your neighbours; when you speak in the assembly, she will give you the right words. You will find happiness and genuine joy; your name will remembered forever.”
But people who are foolish or sinful will never even catch sight of wisdom. She will have nothing to do with conceited people; she never enters the mind of liars. It is not appropriate for a sinner to sing hymns of praise, because his worship is insincere. A hymn should be an expression of wisdom inspired by the LORD himself.
The Scripture says “ GOD traps the wise in their cleverness. The LORD knows that the thoughts of the wise are worthless.” 1 COR 1:19.
Is there anyone among you who is wise and understanding ? He is to prove it by his good life, by his good deeds performed with humility and wisdom. But if in your heart you are jealous, bitter, and selfish, don’t sin against the truth by boasting of your wisdom.
Such wisdom does not come down from Heaven; it belongs to the world, it is unspiritual and demonic. Where there is jealousy and selfishness, there is also disorder and every kind of evil. But the wisdom from above is pure first of all; it is also peaceful, gentle, and friendly; it is full of compassion and produces a harvest of good deeds; it is free from prejudice and hypocrisy. And goodness is the harvest that is produced from the seeds the peacemakers plant in peace.
Praise the LORD.
Vijayanand Joseph Almeida
30 / 07 / 06