Divine Wisdom Versus Human Wisdom: An Exegetical-Theological Analysis Of 1 Corinthians 1:10-2:16 -- By: Dan Lioy

Journal: Conspectus
Volume: CONSPECTUS 08:1 (Sep 2009)
Article: Divine Wisdom Versus Human Wisdom: An Exegetical-Theological Analysis Of 1 Corinthians 1:10-2:16
Author: Dan Lioy


Divine Wisdom Versus Human Wisdom: An Exegetical-Theological Analysis Of 1 Corinthians 1:10-2:16

Dan Lioy1

Abstract2

This journal article undertakes an exegetical-theological analysis of 1 Corinthians 1:10-2:16 in order to distinguish between divine wisdom and human wisdom. It is maintained that human wisdom is earthly, unspiritual, and demonic in orientation. In contrast, divine wisdom is Bible-based, Christ-centered, and Spirit-led. It seeks to glorify the Lord, not oneself, by focusing on the eternal sagacity of Jesus’ atoning sacrifice. Furthermore, human wisdom uses empty rhetoric and deceptive arguments to snare its victims. Conversely, divine wisdom heralds the truth of redemption in plain language so that the cross is not emptied of its power to save. Religionists and sophists consider the teaching about Jesus’ death and resurrection to be utter nonsense; yet God uses the message of the cross to annihilate the erudition of the worldly wise and thwart the understanding of those who imagine themselves to be clever. Regardless of whether they are young or old, rich or poor, powerful or weak, famous or unknown, everyone must trust in Christ for salvation. Moreover, they must rely on the Holy Spirit for insight and understanding into the will of the Father.

1. Introduction

Christians who are aware of today’s panoply of religions know that teachers with ostensibly new spiritual insights combine ideas that sound reasonable with a smattering of Bible verses. Then, when skilled speakers proclaim these falsehoods through the modern electronic and print media, their ideas can come across sounding fresh and exciting. In point of fact, though, these alleged “truths” are not original, but actually echo ancient lies. Even more tragic is the tendency for a gifted speaker with questionable motives and dubious biblical views to win a following and gradually substitute his or her own authority for that of Scripture. That is how most religious cults gain a toehold in society.

Believers need to evaluate the teaching they hear, making certain that it is grounded in Scripture and honors the Savior; yet it is not enough to simply disregard fraudulent teachers. After all, Christians do not grow spiritually by merely turning a deaf ear to heretical teaching. They also need sound instruction to learn how to be faithful to God, how to be more Christlike, and how to better serve the Lord. Biblically-grounded and astute teachers will help Jesus’ followers comprehend the true wisdom of G...

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