1 Corinthians 1:20 – The Wisdom of the World

It is the wisdom of the world that has brought us to the precipice of the Rapture of the church and the subsequent Tribulation.  Man in his wisdom believes that he can run things better than God.  When the Lord is questioned: “Hath God said?” by the serpent (Genesis 3:1), it is this fallacy that He doesn’t know what He’s doing that has made its way down through the ages in the current corruption and deceit that surrounds us in today’s culture.

When God is discarded; when He is said to be imaginary; when people look at the complexity of this world and they think it all happened randomly by chance, then the wisdom behind all this is exposed for the folly that it is.  It is just as 1 Corinthians 1:20 says:

Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?

Man’s wisdom is what has brought us the World Economic Forum (WEF) whose slogan, along with that of various national leaders who have adopted it, is: Build Back Better.  Build back better from what?

Of course, on the surface, the intent is to replace nationalism with globalism, capitalism with socialism, representative democracy with totalitarian dictatorship.  “We know better than you because we’re better, smarter, richer than you.  You will own nothing and be happy.”

This conceit hides the deeper issue that the way God has designed the world is imperfect and only those superior to Him can fix it.  When Paul wrote to the church in Corinth, he said in 1 Corinthians 1:22-23:

For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles,

Man has forever questioned God.  He demands miracles, signs, and wonders to prove His existence, such as was the reaction from the unbelief of the Jews.  Conversely, the Gentiles (i.e. Greeks) sought knowledge above everything else to the exclusion of God  No doubt this statement in 1 Corinthians is Paul’s response to what he experienced in Athens and is recorded in Acts 17:21:

Now all the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there would spend their time in nothing except telling or hearing something new.

The Greek philosophers spent their days talking about and imagining anything and everything they could conjure up to waste their time.  God says it’s all foolishness.

What we learn from God’s Word is that typically what the world thinks is exactly contrary to the ways of God.  In Isaiah 55:8-9 He makes this clear:

For my thoughts are not your thoughts,

    neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.

For as the heavens are higher than the earth,

    so are my ways higher than your ways

    and my thoughts than your thoughts.

He also says in Isaiah 5:20:

Woe to those who call evil good

    and good evil,

who put darkness for light

    and light for darkness,

who put bitter for sweet

    and sweet for bitter!

This is the difference between those things which are of God and those which aren’t.  Man makes an upside down mess of what God has declared is good.

Thus, when the world says the rich people are those who should make the rules, God says that He chooses the poor to work through in order to show the foolishness of the high and mighty.  When the world says it is the wealthy who must be exalted, God says it is the lowly and humble who will be lifted up (1 Corinthians 1:26-29).

We will be facing many more examples of this in the days ahead.  We have to remember what Paul says in 1 Corinthians 1:18:

For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

Mankind is headed down the rabbit hole toward destruction through his own conceit.  He says that Christ and Him crucified is an antiquated, ridiculous idea.  God says such people can think this all they wish if they want to continue denying who He is.  It will be their ruination.

For us who believe, it’s imperative that we double double down in our pursuit of God.  The Lord will return very soon for His beloved.  Let’s be ready.

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