God is not impressed by the wisdom of this world. He indeed is the source of all true wisdom and He makes this available to His people. But God has another kind of wisdom and the key to God’s wisdom is the cross. This is what Paul says in 1 Corinthians 2:4–8.
And my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.
I studied contemporary philosophy—what was contemporary in those days. The real exciting thing in those days was what they call linguistic philosophy. I sat at the feet of the best known of all the professors, but today all that’s out of date. It’s completely changed. So if I had based my faith on that kind of wisdom, today I’d have no basis for it. Your faith has got to be based on the power of God, not on human wisdom because the power of God doesn’t change. Then Paul goes on to say:
Yet 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: but we speak God’s wisdom in a mystery . . .
As a philosopher that’s what I was really looking for. I was looking for wisdom but I was frustrated. I couldn’t find it. But then one day, by God’s grace and mercy, I came to the place where the door opens to God’s secret, hidden wisdom. This is what Paul says about it.
. . . we speak God’s wisdom in a mystery, the hidden wisdom, which God predestined before the ages to our glory . . .
That’s an exciting statement! God has a wisdom that He ordained before creation and the purpose of His wisdom—listen to this— is to being us to His glory. That’s an astonishing statement!
. . . the 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 . . .(NAS)
You see? The door to this secret, hidden wisdom is the cross. To the natural man, Paul says, the word of the cross is foolishness. Oh, I can remember how foolish it seemed to me when I first heard it! Everything in me revolted against it. A naked man dying in agony on a cross. How could God be behind such a scene as that? But then the Holy Spirit opened my understanding. I had a personal encounter with the man who hung on the cross and I found that the cross is the doorway and the only doorway to the secret, hidden wisdom of God.
As long as we’re under the influence of the spirit of this world we will cultivate a kind of wisdom which is of this world. But when we come under the Spirit of God and allow Him to teach us and guide us, we receive a totally different kind of wisdom which appears foolish to the people who are under the influence of the spirit of this world. But that wisdom of God comes only through the cross, through the revelation of the cross.
God is not impressed by the wisdom of this world.
Lord Jesus, thank you for what You did. You came from heaven to show the way to God. You died on the cross to open the way, so I could be forgiven and become a child of God. You poured out your Holy Spirit so I could walk in an intimate relationship with God the Father. My mind can’t contain this mystery but I praise You and trust You. You are My Lord. Amen.