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The Two Types of Wisdom and Strength

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What I am sharing in this post helped me a great deal, I hope it can help you as well.  If you are not a follower of Christ this may sound like foolishness.

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Are you a follower of Christ who seeks wisdom and strength? Wisdom and strength sounds good right?  We are taught to do this by our parents and our teachers from a very young age.  Most of us study and pray and listen to sermons just for this purpose, but…

There are two types of wisdom and strength, there is God’s wisdom and strength and there is fleshly wisdom and strength. Who can tell which is which?

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If we are becoming wise and strong and excellent “according to the flesh” (1 Cor1:26), we are setting ourselves up to be opposed by the Lord.

There is a big difference between the wisdom and strength of God and wisdom and strength “according to the flesh”.  We should not mix the one with the other because we don’t see the difference.   This difference should be thoroughly understood by every follower of Christ.

For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong,…30 But by his doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption,” -1 Cor 1:26-27, 30

According to this passage God chooses the weak and He shames the strong.

If you are anything like me the difference between Godly and fleshly wisdom is not obvious, but there is a clear distinction.  We know from the passage above that “Christ Jesus has become to us wisdom from God.”  But from the same passage we also know that God chooses the weak and foolish in order to shame the strong and wise.   There is Godly-Jesus wisdom and there is fleshly wisdom and these two are diametrically opposed to one another.

The fastest and easiest way to tell the difference between fleshly and Godly wisdom (either in yourself or in the advise of others), is to ask the following questions:

  • Are they trying to dominate and compete with others?
  • Am I building or seeking hierarchies with myself at or near the top?
  • Are they finding pleasure in out doing, out-witting, or one-upping others?
  • Am I demanding or trying to see my way and will done (even Jesus prayed “not my will but your will be done..”) ?
  • Are they insisting that people follow their vision and refuse to follow (or even acknowledge) other visions?

Answering yes to these questions suggests strongly strength and wisdom “according to the flesh”.  I’ve been guilty of walking according to fleshly wisdom, I’ve also heard entire sermons of nothing but boasting in fleshly wisdom and in fleshly strength.  God opposes this, we should not pretend to follow or serve God when he is actively opposing or shaming us.

Someone who always gets or is accustomed to getting their way is a menace what God is doing in the earth.

Gods “wisdom and strength” looks like turning the other cheek when struck (Matthew 5:39), it looks like sitting down and letting others speak (Luke 4:20), it looks like giving the coat and the shirt to the guy demanding just the shirt (Matthew 5:40). Gods kingdom, (his ruling presence) is with the “poor in spirit” (Matthew 5:3) 

We who seek to serve and follow the Lord should know beyond all confusion what God opposes and shames and what ‘he chooses’ and ‘gives the kingdom’ to.  There is a big difference and it becomes easy to spot in yourself and in others, once understood.

This is true because we live in the physical world ruled by satan while belonging to the coming kingdom of Christ.  Each of these kingdoms has their own wisdom and strength.  Jesus Christ is personally our wisdom and strength, no need to mingle and mix him with fleshly strength. He and his wisdom is all we need.

Remember that the world is passing away and its ruler, but at the same time, the kingdom and rule of Jesus Christ is ever increasing and it will never end.

What about you, do you live your life according to fleshly or godly wisdom and strength? Or a little of both?  Please comment below.

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Nine Paradoxes of The Christian Life

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Jesus Christ is himself the coming kingdom of God, wherever he is located in heaven or on earth.  He instituted his kingdom here on earth dwelling in his church through his Spirit.  He did this within and on an earth entirely enslaved by death and satan, right under satan’s nose, within and among satan’s domain and kingdom.  What a brilliant takeover, now we who have Christ within are to trample satan underfoot as was planned in the beginning. The presence of God within Jesus Christ is the presence of the kingdom of God.

The future of everything and everyone…his future is current in his people from every age. We are living in the age after the kingdom has been instituted but before Satan’s and death’s final defeat.  We are living during the expansion of the kingdom of God on earth through the ages of time and expansion of the human race. This expansion is hostile and unwelcome and results in spiritual and sometimes physical violence (Matthew 11:12).

There are at least nine notable paradoxes of Christian life, actually there are many more than nine but for the sake a short post I just highlight nine.

paradox – a seemingly absurd or self-contradictory statement or proposition that when investigated or explained may prove to be well founded or true.

Living in a paradox is confusing so it is important that we have understanding.  Perhaps this is why Jesus made our top daily priority seeking the kingdom of God.

“Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all things will be added to you” – Jesus

Nine notable paradoxes of living the Christian life include:

  1. We are to live by the Life of Christ while we die to our own life.  Death to self yields life to Christ.  (1 Corinthians 15:31)
  2. As we are weakened we are made strong in him. (1 Cor 1:27, 2 Cor12:10)
  3. As we are made poor we are enriched and we enrich many. (2 Cor 6:10)
  4. We are in the world yet not of the world. (John 17:16)
  5. Some of us suffer and are persecuted and murdered yet we are more than conquerors. (Rom 8:18 and Rom 8:37)
  6. All things, even bad things in our life work together for the good of those called to God’s purposes. (Rom 8:28)
  7. Defeat, losing and humility create our victories and successes.
  8. Jesus’ greatest moment of defeat and man’s cruelest moment was at the same moment the planned and greatest victory for them both. (Matt 27:46-64)
  9. Self abasement and servant hood brings greatness not promotion and authority. (Matthew 20:25)

These paradoxes are mind blowing to me, what a brilliant and amazing takeover is Jesus Christ, satan himself didn’t see this coming, what seemed like the biggest defeat for Jesus, his killing was in the plan all along and resulted in even more defeat for satan.  What a Lord is Jesus, what a God, what a savior what a priceless gift we have in him.

Happy New Year 2016!!

What paradox is the most amazing to you? What other paradoxes have you found in scripture?

Knowing Him is Knowing His Church

At the start of 2015 I set out to seek the Lord Jesus in a much greater and more organized way.  I did this by answering 7 questions about him and categorizing the endless answers.  I have two 40,000+ word documents still growing and I feel like I’ve only just scratched the surface about the Lord Jesus Christ. […]

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