Friday, March 06, 2009

Ironside: knowledge

March 6, 2009

    For it is written:
    "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise;
        the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate."
    Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than man's wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man's strength.
    -- 1 Corinthians 1:19-25 (NIV)

    Scripture nowhere condemns the acquisition of knowledge. It is the wisdom of this world, not its knowledge, that is foolishness with God... The history of philosophy is a story of contradictory, discarded hypotheses... Many of them have failed to avail themselves of that which would unravel every knot and solve every problem, namely, the revelation of God in Christ as given in the Holy Scriptures.
    ... Harry A. Ironside (1876-1951), Philippians and Colossians, [reprint] Kregel Publications, 2007, 147-148

Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, grant me confidence in Your wisdom.

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