Bible Reading: 1 Corinthians 2:6-16
“But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Corinthians 2:7-9)
Humankind loves to boast in their abilities to seek wisdom and knowledge. Especially in this technologically advanced and scientific age, those who believe in Christ and God are deemed foolish. Many would accuse Christians of believing in a fairytale without any evidence. Yes, it is possible to argue such propositions from a historical and scientific perspective, because in fact, there is abundant evidence for the faith that we believe in. We do not believe in fantasy. We believe in the reality of Christ, who was God incarnated as man, died and rose again on the third day. This testimony was witnessed by hundreds and is particularly noted in the accounts of the gospel.
However, there is another argument to which we must be alert. That is the reality of wisdom itself. As history turns, society values different people as the epitome of human wisdom. In Roman times, Caesar was the wisest. In Medieval times, people turned to the pope as the source of truth. Now, in modern times, people turn to scientists and academics as the pillars of human wisdom.
Yet, what is human wisdom in contrast to God’s wisdom? The amount of human knowledge is negligible when compared with the vastness of God’s wisdom. God’s unfathomable wisdom is what brought about the grand story of salvation. God’s unknown wisdom manifests in God’s love for His children from eternity past, to Christ, to eternity future. And, no one can attain such wisdom by science or logical reasoning. Such wisdom is only revealed by the Spirit to whom God calls.
This is what credits what we believe. We believe in God, who reveals the truth to us. By human reasoning, who could ever believe in a God who wanted to humble Himself to become a man and die on a cross? Who could believe a God who sustained the tiny nation of Israel that was time and time again exiled and humiliated by the mighty nations of the world? By human knowledge, the gospel is foolish and incomprehensible. But for those who can understand and believe in its reality, it is only because the Spirit illuminated our hearts to the truth by God’s grace.
If we have been given spiritual life from God, freed from the bondage of sin in Christ, and called to be God’s children, we must know that it is only God’s grace and sovereign love for us from eternity. There is no way one could imagine of make up their spirituality. It is all a gift from God. This should bring us humbly bow down in reverence and obedience to God and ultimately, boast in God and glorify Him.
“But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him, you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 1:27-31)
Lord, who can understand Your wisdom and Your truth? If You have made known to us the mystery of salvation, it is only because of Your grace. Who are we, Lord, that You would reveal it to us? Forgive us, for we are sinful, filthy, and undeserving of such grace. Teach us to worship You and to obey You, the Master of our lives. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Hans Sangtoki (18) is the coordinator of RE Generation Z. He has a passion for serving his generation and sharing hope in Christ. He also has an interest in classical music and dreams of conducting an orchestra one day.