Holy Spirit Is Essential To Mankind
The Lord God, Almighty opposes the ways of mankind and as He said in Isa.55:6-7, “My ways are not your ways neither are my thoughts your thoughts.” When mankind fell in Adam, the spirit of God exited from man and he had to feign for himself for living in all the areas of life until the fullness of time when the He changed all things by sending His Son, Jesus Christ to die, give His life and shed His blood so that His glory will rest upon mankind through the Gospel of His grace. If mankind will believe in Him, the wrath of God will pass over him just as gazing upon the blood of the Lamb on the doors made the angel of death pass over the Hebrews in Egypt, ending their slavery and bondage.
But before this time approached, God is diametrically opposed to the ways of mankind in the ways they do things on the earth. If anyone wants to succeed in life in the ways God sees success, he will have to do things the way God does them through His spirit. The spirit of God is necessary to a man becoming a child of God. Jesus Christ began man’s reformation and to Him was given the Holy Spirit of God without measure to fulfill all that God had desired.
God said that He would destroy the wisdom of the wise and He will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent for the preaching of the cross is to them that perish, foolishness, but unto us which are being saved, it is the Power of God. (vv.18-19) Paul said earlier in in v.17, that Christ sent him not to baptize, but to preach the Gospel, not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. The wise and the prudent of this world are nothing before the Lord our God however high and lofty they may be.
Pride is the barge of Satan and those who share in it are doomed to suffer the same fate like him. The wisdom, knowledge, strength and might generated by mankind are inferior to the preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father. So God said in His wisdom where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this world? (v.20) Has not God made foolish the wisdom of mankind whom He has allowed to live on the planet earth? They are nothing, but lower than zero in His sight. The wisdom of men is made foolishness by God as David prayed that the Lord God should turn the counsel of Ahithophel into foolishness. (2Sam.15:31 and 16:20).
Mankind cannot stand toe to toe in wisdom before the Lord God of heaven. He used the apparently foolishness of preaching the Gospel to save those who acknowledged the Gospel of His Son, Jesus Christ which the rest of mankind has labeled foolishness. How wonderful are His ways and His judgment past finding out. (v.21) The world could not understand the wisdom of God by its own wisdom, but God through that which was called foolishness by the preaching of the Gospel, saved the ones who admitted that they were foolish and God was right and wise.
The Jews sought for a sign and the Gentiles in mankind sought for wisdom respectively, but God in His infinite wisdom separated from man’s, entered into the world of men and delivered them through Jesus Christ because they believed in Him. (v.22)
But God has ordained that the Gospel should be preached in Christ as being crucified and this represented for the Jews a stumbling block and the Greeks foolishness. But all who will believe this Gospel of God in Christ will be saved. (v.23) Those who believed and are the called of God will be saved, whether they be Jews or Gentiles. It makes no difference! Jesus Christ has become unto them the Power, Wisdom and the might of God. They are more than conquerors through Christ their Redeemer and Lord. They are to live their lives through and under the might of God who has become all in all to them.
The foolishness of God called so by the world is wiser than the wisdom of man put together and the weakness of God called so by the world is stronger than the strength of the world combined. Man is mistaken as to his reference and cognizance to the things of this present evil world. He will never get his bearing correct until he turns to the Lord and allows the Gospel to change his mind and view. (v.25)
The Kingdom of God is not buzzing with multitude of powerful, rich, intelligent, wise and prudent people and they are not pressing in either. Not that they are not wanted in the Kingdom, but the things they have acquired like wealth, riches, power, might and prestige will be the obstacles to them. If they must enter, they will have to undress themselves of those things. The Kingdom of God is not meat, drink, clothes, gold, diamond or the riches of this world. (v.26)
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