1 Corinthians 1:18-31; Knowing God, our wisdom or His?

The question asked by truth seekers through the ages is how do we come to know God?  Can we “reason and intuit” our path to spiritual life, do we stumble upon it through life experience or is it unknowable through our own devices?  In these verses, God’s wisdom is demonstrated as clearly superior to ours.  And His wisdom was expressed in action and intervention not in syllogism or principle.  He sent into our time and space a person who ministered(s) and reached out to us, offering God’s love and relationship.  He designed it so that our response of acceptance and faith and not our “synthetic apperception” and intuition brings us into relationship with God.  This is the distinction between “logical and internal consistency” where a rational mind evaluates if Jesus’ claims make sense when lived out as opposed to “logical deduction” where a rational mind evaluates whether Jesus’ claims are even possible.  The former is a humble use of our “lesser/foolish” rationality in responding to God’s wisdom (or evaluating and rejecting false claims) while the latter is a prideful setting of our “lesser/foolish” rationality above God’s wisdom.  Logical deduction plays an important role in our human understanding of the physical world but as we enter spiritual relationship, “by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God…so that one who boasts, boasts in the Lord” (vss 30-31).


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