Editorial -- By: Anonymous
The Word of God has much to say regarding wisdom. Proverbs 1:5 reads, “A wise man will hear and increase in learning, and a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel.” A wise person listens to instruction, especially the Word of God (cf. Mark 4:24; Luke 8:18).
However, mere knowledge of Scripture is not all that is necessary. One can pursue knowledge with the wrong motivations, and thus one’s pursuit will be vain (Eccl 12:12). Why do some welcome “the Spirit” and “the power of God,” while others do not? The answer is given in verses 6–16 of First Corinthians 2. The wisdom of God is drastically different from what the world offers. God’s wisdom is eternal and is made known by the Holy Spirit, and that wisdom today is found in the Scriptures (1 Cor 2:6–7).
Just as there are two types of wisdom, there are also two types of people: the natural person and the spiritual individual. God’s secret wisdom is not some magical kind of knowledge. Some things that the unbeliever does not understand are quite evident to the believer. Sadly, there are powerful people in this world who know nothing of God’s wisdom, and their ignorance leads them to reject the things of the Spirit (2:8–10).
Those whom the Holy Spirit enlightens welcome God’s truth (2:10–11). The thoughts of God would be impossible to know without the working of the Holy Spirit for it was his task to supervise the writing of the Scriptures. “Spiritual thoughts with spiritual words” is vastly different from that favored by “natural” persons who neither welcome biblical teachings nor are able to understand them (2:13–14). The natural person is without the Spirit, and thus lives as though there is nothing beyond the physical world (2:14). With values that are material, the natural person judges matters based upon ephemeral, material, and physical perspectives. The natural person does not, and cannot, understand or value spiritual things.
The spiritual (mature) person is controlled by the Holy Spirit (cf. Rom 8:6–8), and thus enjoys the special privilege of being able to appraise all things, which means they can examine “all things” carefully and discern what is important. The Journal of Dispensational Theology editors...
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