BIBLE STUDY ONLINE
WITH MINISTER JOSEPH HAUGABROOK
God's Word--our recipe for living
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LESSON FOR WEEK (Feb 17 - Feb 23)
The Danger Of Man's Wisdom
Scripture relating to the lesson
Corinthians 2:1 - 5
:1 And I brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.
:2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.
:3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.
:4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:
:5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
Look closely at what the Word of God is saying to us through Paul. Paul didn't go to the Corinthians speaking of worldly things which is easily grasped by readily accepted by people in general. He didn't speak in ways to entice or motivate people to act on his words, as many were doing at the time, and in this present time, for personal gain. Paul was using what many at the time thought of as foolish words. Paul was preaching hope in Jesus Christ, and that for many, since they couldn't see how anything that was being preached could occur, was foolishness to them. They didn't see Jesus, they didn't know Him so how could they believe in something they couldn't see, feel, or know existed, nor the leader and leading scholar's of the time had affirmed? And yet, Jesus was what Paul was preaching to them. And, he was doing it in the Spirit which made it even harder for them to grasp because unless you are spiritual it is impossible to discern the things of the Spirit. In other words you have to be spiritual in order to understand the Word and the hope in Christ Jesus. In hope you don't see the things you desire, but you believe that the Words of Jesus is true and will manifest itself as it is written. The Hebrew boys didn't see themselves being saved from the fiery furnace when they stood at the top being prepared to be thrown in; but they believed that God would save them. In other words their hope of being saved from the flames was in God. Daniel didn't see himself being saved from the hungry lions, but his hope of being saved was in God. Hope in not having something in your hand to believe it exist, but to know that Jesus have it in His Hands and will deliver it to you. To see, taste, or smell it before believing is not hope. It is not even believing; it is just accepting that what I see, smell or taste is what it says it is.
Having to have something physically available to be seen, touched, smelled or tasted is man's wisdom and knowledge and the danger there is it takes you out of believing, and having faith in Jesus Christ. The bible today is still foolishness to many because they would rather believe what man says than what God has recorded in His Holy Bible.
Paul is saying to the Corinthians, "I didn't come to you trying to make myself great, I came in meekness, making us all the same and showing you the truth in Christ Jesus through the demonstration of the power of Jesus Christ. Not my power but the power of Jesus Christ. Unless it is taught and preached in accordance with the bible it is not of Jesus Christ, but the tradition, and trickery of men. Man's wisdom and knowledge takes you out of the wisdom and knowledge of Jesus Christ.
Thank you for stopping by; and, being loyal readers. Through the Blessings of Jesus I will see you next week.
Love in Christ
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