Folly of Mans Wisdom

(1 Corinthians 3:18-23)

When we consider the wisdom of this world in comparison to the wisdom of God there is no comparison. The wisdom of God is so much greater that a simple comparison shows the wisdom of man to be mere folly.

The folly of the wisdom of man
The folly of the wisdom of man

What man has the wisdom to be able to create the world and everything in it from nothing? As you are thinking about this recall also that God did not just create your brain but also created thought as well. If you compare it to a computer, a programmer uses hardware with software to create programs that do something. But God created all those things and more to enable us to think, feel and then act.

God's wisdom is based in spirit, whereas man's wisdom is based in the flesh. God sees and knows things that a man cannot even comprehend. If you read the last dozen or so chapters of the book of Job where God answers Job you get some insight into God's wisdom and power. Job was brought down a peg or two when he realized the power and wisdom of God and he stood in awe of God as we all should do.

And Job was a man favored by God so how much worse would it be for those who are not. Job recognized the wisdom of God and was humbled. So how foolish is it when man thinks he is wise in his own eyes and does not recognize God's wisdom?

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They Did Not See

(Romans 11:7-10)

They did not see
They did not see

Israel failed to obtain the full grace of God which led to the opportunity for the rest of mankind to find it.

Most of the religious leadership of the Jews at the time of Christ did not recognize His coming. They failed to see that He was the promised Messiah spoken of by the righteous men and prophets for hundreds of years before His coming.

And yet they were looking for Him. They knew He was coming for they searched the scriptures and the signs of His coming as they had for years…and missed Him. Why?

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There Are None So Blind

(John 9:35-41)

Who is really blind? Is it those who have a problem preventing them from using their eyes or is it those who have perfect vision but choose not to see? Is it not the second group? As the saying goes, there are none so blind as those who will not see.

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This is what Jesus was talking about in this scripture and the issue that existed then still exists today. There are people today who have closed the eyes of their heart and the eyes of their mind and choose not to see. So let us have a look at this matter. Continue reading “There Are None So Blind”

Blind Leading the Blind

(Luke 6:39-42)

There are a great many things taught in this world the name of Christianity that are not. They have no scriptural basis and sometimes are the exact opposite of what the Bible teaches.

Often these things are taught for the purpose of gaining an advantage over others. And sometimes they come from the platforms of churches that should know better.

blind leading the blindThese are clear cases of the blind leading the blind.

Who are the Blind?

When Jesus talks of the blind he is talking of the spiritually blind. These are they who are blind to the truth of the gospel and so fall into error and the snare of the devil.

But are they really amongst the churches today? Absolutely!

Consider the church of Laodicea described in Revelation 3:14-22. The descriptions of the churches in the first few chapters of Revelation are of different types of churches, and some of these still continue to today. Verse 17 in particular is quite enlightening for it says, “For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing; not knowing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.”

This church believed they had it all. They had money, power and all the things that man would look at and think they had it made.

But God sees differently to man. He said of this church that they were “wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.” They were poor in their knowledge of the truth. They were naked for they were not clothed in the robes of righteousness. And they were blind because they did not even see how badly off they were spiritually.

Their blindness in particular was a great problem for the other things could be rectified if they could only see how spiritually destitute they were.

How does this affect you and me?

The challenge for us to to ensure we do not come under the ministry of these spiritually blind churches or ministers.

It is important for each one of us to do as Paul recommended. “Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for God is at work in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. (Philippians 2:12-13)

You are responsible for your own salvation just as I am for mine. All men are fallible and thus anything anyone teaches in the name of the Lord needs to be considered carefully and not accepted without question. This includes anything I might say to you in this blog. It is up to you to verify, question and validate everything you hear because your salvation depends on it.

There is no doubt that there are good ministers, but there are bad also. Each individual needs to test what is being taught to ensure what they are accepting is in accord with the truth.

What should you do about it?

First and foremost, go to Jesus and ask for his guidance and insight. Pray when you hear any ministry that “just doesn’t sound right,” and ask the Lord to show you the way and the truth of the matter.

Secondly, study the word of God and ensure that what you hear is in accordance with the truth of the gospel. When you are immersed in the gospel and the word of God, it is much easier to pick out teaching that is not in accordance with the truth.

Thirdly, question what you see and hear and don’t take things being taught without doing so. Anyone ministering anything in the name of the Lord should be able to back up what they are saying from the scriptures. If it is not able to be backed up in the Bible, then I would be very wary of what is being taught and not accept it until the Lord impresses it upon you.

Finally, watch the person and listen carefully to what they say. The Lord tells us that there will be ministers who are sheep in wolves clothing and you will know them by their fruit. A wolf cannot hide the intentions of their heart and so it will come out. That is why my counsel to you is to watch.

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What Comes Out Defiles a Man

(Matthew 15:10-20)

Jesus gave this parable about what comes out of a man and eating with unwashed hands after upbraiding the Pharisees and scribes about upholding traditions. He was concerned about matters of the spirit and not physical issues. Eating with unwashed hands was about a physical issue, but it is what comes out of a man that proceeds from the heart that is the real issue.

There are many things that man believes to be sin which are not. The Pharisees were so steeped in their human traditions that they took offence at the disciples for eating with unwashed hands. They considered this a transgression of the tradition of the elders and equated that with sin. But Jesus showed clearly this was not the case. It is what comes out of a man that will defile him. For all sin proceeds from the spirit of a man, from his heart and soul, and it is sin that defiles a person.

The disciples did not understand this parable so Peter asked the Lord to explain it to them. The Pharisees were focussed on what goes into a man, that is, food. They believed that it was unclean to eat with unwashed hands for the food would be contaminated in some way. While we know today about issues of bacteria, salmonella and the like, we do not wash before eating as a religious tradition like the Pharisees did, but for hygiene reasons. Even then, if we did not wash before eating in most circumstance we would not suffer any harm, and certainly it is not a sin.

So it is not what goes into a man that is an issue but what comes out defiles a man. Jesus listed all manner of evil, the primary concern being evil thoughts. Evil thoughts in particular are at the root of what comes out of a person and defiles them. In other scriptures when the Lord says, “You shall know them by their fruits,” he is saying to watch and see if what comes out defiles a man or if what comes out is good fruit.

In speaking of the false teaching that the Pharisees were promoting based upon their human traditions, Jesus counselled the disciples to “Leave them alone; they are blind guides. And if a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit.” (Verse 14) He was saying that they are spiritually blind for they put their traditions above the word of God. While there are some traditions that are harmless and some that were delivered to us to keep by the Lord himself, any time we put a tradition or any false teaching ahead of the word of God we are in peril of being a blind guide.

Spiritual blindness is worse than physical blindness for it clouds and darkens the spirit of a man and leads him astray. Succumbing to spiritual blindness will cause people to fall away from following the Lord and wandering into error. Thus as the writer of Hebrews counsels, “Therefore we must pay the closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.” (Hebrews 2:1) Whatever we hear from other people we need to weigh against the scripture and the words of Jesus to see if it accords with the truth of the gospel of Christ. To do that we need to study the scriptures so that we are immersed in it and can more quickly pick the error from the truth. As Paul wrote, “so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the cunning of men, by their craftiness in deceitful wiles.” (Ephesians 4:14) Only by doing this in combination with Christian fellowship and prayer are we able to ensure we are not swayed by false doctrine and the teachings of blind guides.