Obedient Steps of Faith – BT9
Faith in our own biblical wisdom and understanding versus God’s that comes through intimate relationship with Christ
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Paul’s view of the world’s wisdom and understanding is shown in 1 Corinthians 1:17-31: “For Christ . . . sent me to preach the gospel, absolutely-in-fact-NOT in/by/with wisdom of/belonging-to logos messages, lest the cross of Christ should be made of no effect. The logos message (gospel) of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us . . . the dunamis dynamite-like enabling-power of God, for it is written, ‘I will destroy/thwart the wisdom of the wise ones, and/coupled the sunesis rational ‘connect-the-dots’ understanding of the sunetos understanding ones I will hide/conceal’ (a). Where is the wise one, the scribe (b), the debater of this age (c)? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? (d). For since . . . the world did absolutely-in-fact-NOT experientially, relationally ginosko know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the ‘folly’ of what we preach to save those who have trusting-relying-faith. . . but we preach Christ crucified, a skandalon ‘bait-trigger-for-a-snare, trap, thus a stumbling-stone’ to the Jews, and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called [by God], Christ – the dunamis dynamite-like enabling-power and/coupled wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is mightier (e) than men. For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise down-from/according-to the flesh, not many mighty (e), not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things (f) of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things (f) of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty (e); and the base things (f) of the world and the things which are despised (f) God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that in possibility no flesh might glory in His presence. But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God – and righteousness and sanctification/holiness and redemption – that, as it is written, ‘He who glories, let him glory in the Yahweh‘.” <Notes> a) Isaiah 29:14, b) grammateus: not just professional writers or copiers of gramma writings of graphe scripture, but ‘expert’ interpreters and teachers of it, c) Jew and Gentile religions prided themselves in all of this, d) Yes, the study of scripture for wisdom is just as foolish, e) “might and power” is the external and internal resources of the flesh – see Identity, f) see Least Among You.
Instead, according to Paul in Ephesians 1:17-19 w get from God “the Spirit’s wisdom and/coupled revelation by-the-means-of the genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge of God, having routinely had the eyes of our heart enlightened in order to eido mentally ‘see’ to perceive/understand/know: 1) what is the elpis hope of His calling, 2) what are the riches of His glorious inheritance (a) in the saints, and 3) what is the surpassing greatness of His dunamis dynamite-like enabling-power eis toward-and-reaching-the-goal-of us, those routinely having trusting-relying-faith.” Similarly in Colossians 1:9-12 Paul says: “We have not ceased to proseuchomai conversationally-pray for you and/coupled aiteo ‘asking for, seeking or earnestly desiring for in prayer’ [God] in order that you might be pleroo filled-to-completion with the genuine, experiential, relational, epignosis knowledge of God’s will by-the-means-of all [kinds of] Spirit-kind-of sophia wisdom and/coupled sunesis ‘connect-the-dots’ understanding/knowledge.” The grace-gifts of the Spirit in 1 Corinthians 12:8 are to be exercised for Body-Ministry include “a logos message of wisdom” and “a logos message of gnosis informational-knowledge (b). God’s wisdom comes by the Spirit thru prayer – see Obedient Steps of Faith – BT27. <Notes> a) this is “the blessed hope” of glorified transformation into Christ’s likeness for eternal zoe genuine-life with Him: Titus 1:2, 2:12-13; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 2 Thessalonians 1:10; Romans 8:17-18, 29; 1 Corinthians 13:12, 15:42, 52-54; John 5:25, 28; Luke 20:35-36, b) the only times Paul speaks positively of gnosis is if it comes from God: Romans 2:20, 11:33, 15:14; 1 Corinthians 1:5, 13:2, 8, 14:6; 2 Corinthians 2:14, 4:6, 6:6, 8:7, 10:5; Philippians 3:8; Colossians 2:3.
Proverbs 2:2-5 tells us to diligently seek and listen with our hearts: “Make your ear attentive to Sophia (feminine) Wisdom . . . your heart to Sunesis (feminine) Understanding . . . If you cry out for Sophia Wisdom and lift up your voice for Sunesis Understanding . . . If you baqash/zeteo diligently seek (a) HER (e) like silver and/coupled chaphas/exereuneo diligently search out (b) HER (e) like hidden treasure, THEN you will actually suniemi ‘connect-the-dots’ to-understand/know the fear (c) of the Lord and/coupled continually-in-process (d) find/obtain/perceive/discover the genuine, experiential, relational da’ath/epignosis knowledge of God” – see also Proverbs 8:1. The Hebrew word ruach for the Spirit everywhere in the OT is also feminine. <Notes> a) Hebrew baqash: seek to find, secure, seek the face/person/audience of, desire/demand, require/exact, ask/request; Greek zeteo: searching diligently in order to find, investigate, desire/crave, aim/strive after, b) Hebrew chaphas in the Qal form: search for, think-out/devise, search/test; Greek exereuneo: search wholly out from, carefully search out with all diligence in an investigative, examining manner of the facts, c) Hebraism: reverential, worshipful awe and respect of, d) imperfect tense, e) the pronoun autos is feminine.