a strange path to wisdom


March 2016 (8)

1 Corinthians 3:18-20

18 No one should deceive himself in this matter. If anyone among you thinks that he is a wise leader for this age, let him become stupid so that he may become wise.   19 Because the wisdom of this world is stupidity with God. Because it is written, “He catches the wise in their cleverness,” 20 and again, “The Lord knows the

arguments of the wise, that they are worthless.”

a strange path to wisdom

Paul suggested a strange path to wisdom for the leaders in the Corinthian fellowships. He suggested to those who were tempted to put “wise leader for this age” on their business cards, that they should put “stupid idiot” on them instead. The reason is that those of us wh0 actually seek wisdom are so far from it compared to God that our wisdom is actually worthless. So, the last thing anyone should do is listen to us.

Again, you have to remember the context to understand Paul’s statements here. He is speaking to those aspiring leaders who are gathering followings for themselves, and creating jealous rivalries among the believers in Corinth. They are convinced that their theological views are correct compared to the others, and that their plans and strategies are worthwhile, but everybody else’s plans and strategies are worthless. Paul is warning those aspiring leaders that God actually works against people who display that attitude.

LORD, may our only boast be the cross of Jesus Christ; may our only plan be to follow him.


About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is a former Christian missionary who now lives in Williamsburg, Virginia. If your church or small group would like to hear Jeff speak, you can contact him at marmsky@gmail.com -- !
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