Hear and Be Wise: Becoming a Preacher and Teacher of Wisdom
There is a teacher and in the case of true wisdom, that instructor is the Holy Spirit of God, Whom the Bible calls "the Spirit of wisdom.
Genuine wisdom is supernatural. Yet it is important to understand the difference between wisdom and common sense. Common sense is natural. Wisdom is uncommon sense.
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It originated with God, resides in God, emanates from God, and is given as a gift from God. Wisdom is not synonymous with knowledge nor is it a substitute for knowledge. Rather, it is the product of the Spirit.
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Some things in life cannot be learned — those must be given. I would never minimize a proper formal education, but there are certain matters no school can teach you. And in a greater sense there are issues about life that can only be learned from God. Wisdom Is the Presence of the Savior To know wisdom To know wisdom is to know Jesus Christ. And therefore, if you do not have Jesus, you cannot have wisdom. Paul well expressed this inescapable truth: Christ is the wisdom of God. This was the idea John the apostle conveyed when he wrote his Gospel:.
The Greek word translated "Word" was logos.
Logos means a thought or a concept or the expression or utterance of that thought. Jesus, the living Word, is God and is therefore the perfect expression and extension of the divine wisdom. The Bible notes that the great are not necessarily the wise. God is so good and so wise that you will never be able to know Him by human wisdom, human perception, or human understanding. No one has a head start on God. All of the philosophers, theologians, and scientists of history could never discover Him through human wisdom. And one can never know the wisdom of God until Christ, the living wisdom of God, is in their heart.
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Jesus pointed out, "Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day: Apart from Christ there is no wisdom. Those who find wisdom find life. And those who hate her love death. Outside my study at home hanging on the wall in the hall that I must pass every day is this beautiful calligraphy that a wise friend sent me 17 years ago. The top coin is made of silver. The bottom coin of gold. The beginning of wisdom is this: And she will honor you with her presence. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.
If you make your ear attentive to wisdom. She is found by those who prize her and pray for her and pursue her. Why would I say that? Because we are committed to helping you pursue wisdom in five biblical ways. There is no true wisdom apart from the testimony of the Lord.
One of the main reasons that we believe in a liberal arts education, that reads widely outside the Bible, is that the Bible itself tells us there are dimensions of wisdom to be found in the assiduous, penetrating, critical, biblical observation of the world, not only the Bible. So many lessons to be learned from the folly, and the shrewdness, and the calamities, and the wonders of the world, and the great books that show them and ponder them.
God never intended you to walk through the word and walk through the world alone. Walking with the wise as you ransack the word and ransack the world will make you wiser than if you walked alone.
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If you come to Bethlehem, you will smell eternity. The sweet breezes of heaven, and the smoke of hell blow often through these halls. Because walking near eternity makes you wiser in this world. As the Preacher says,. All things were created through him and for him. In him all things hold together.
And in him are hidden all the treasures of wisdom. Those are the vital paths to wisdom that I am not focusing on.
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Pursue her — in the word, in the world, in the company of wise teachers, in the light of eternity, in relation to Jesus. Now, finally, here is the path to wisdom that I want to underline with a special emphasis as we close. I see it in 1 Corinthians 3: Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. Here is an indispensable path to wisdom: Become a fool that you may become wise.
Paul is not merely saying that if you seek wisdom from God, you will be seen as a fool in the world. Paul said there is a wisdom in Corinth that empties the cross of its power 1 Corinthians 1: Why do I focus on this path to wisdom?
Academic institutions, like once glorious ghost towns, breed fear of being called a fool like slums breed rats. Academia breeds cowardly conformists posing as cutting-edge progressives. Students and teachers in academic institutions have the strongest aversion to being seen as fools in the eyes of other academics. Not self-pitying, dour, defensive, forlorn, miserable fools.
But unashamed, happy fools.
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The crucial question for your future and the future of this school is: Will we be ashamed of believing what the Bible teaches when the world calls us fools? Or will we out-rejoice the world, not only in spite of, but because of, their insults? Will we respond like the apostles when they were shamed as fools in Acts 5: So, I exhort you, get wisdom! For Christ 1 Corinthians 4: How to Get Wisdom. Knowledge, Insight, Resolve So, most generally I would put it like this: Get Desiring God in Your Inbox A nightly brief of new resources, and peeks behind the scenes from our editorial team Subscribe.
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