OUR LORD WHO CONFOUNDS THE WISDOM OF THE WISE
In 1 Corinthians chapter 1 verse 19, the scripture pointedly indicates that the Lord destroys the wisdom of the wise and He frustrates the intelligence of the intelligent. Placed in its context, the verses 18 - 20 read like this;
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written:
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”
Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?
This incredible passage reinforces a very notable aspect of the nature of our God: He is very contrarian toward the pretensions of the wisdom of men. This is why our infinitely precious salvation is entrusted to the simplicity of the unadorned message of the cross.
To those who are not being saved, this message is seen as foolishness even though it is the very power of God unto salvation.
The Lord our God, so as not to imbue the wisdom and philosophy of men with any credit of salvation of mankind, provided, as the only means by which men may be saved, the stark and unembelished message of the death that was suffered by the Son of God to pay for our sins.
Because the wisdom and intelligence of men is of no ultimate value when it is the salvation of our souls that we desperately need, God has rendered the wisdom of men worthless and the intelligence of the intelligent pointless.
Bless our Lord who has made salvation available to all without regard to their wisdom or intelligence.