Summary: 3 of 4. Paul related the limitations/irony of worldly wisdom to the Corinthians believers. The irony of worldly wisdom is in its being relegated to foolishness. But How is it limited? Worldly wisdom is limited by...

The LIMITATIONS/Irony Of WORLDLY WISDOM-III—1Corinthians 1:18-25



'Same Love' by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis topped out as one of Billboard’s #1 song in the summer of 2013. Portions of it were Written by Mary Lambert(a known lesbian) as 'She Keeps Me Warm.'

A sampling of 'She Keeps Me Warm' lyrics:

‘She says I smell like safety & home

I named both of her eyes ‘Forever’ & ‘Please don’t go’

I could be morning sunrise all the time(2X)

This could be good’(2X)

‘I can’t change, even if I wanted to

My love(4X)

She keeps me warm’(2X)

‘I’m not crying on Sundays

Love is patient, Love is kind

My love(4X)

She keeps me warm.’(2X)

These are songs touting the supposed ‘glories’ of homosexuality.

Mary’s is a forlorn heart-wrenching song about having been sidelined because of her homosexuality, particularly by the Church.

It is compelling, stirs the heart, evoking an immediate emotional connection to the pain of the singer & calling the listener to revisit their belief.

Relates the failings of ‘religion’ to meet her felt needs.

Relegates such failings to the entirety of Christianity as ignorant hate speech, not mockingly or hate-filled itself, but as decidedly inconsiderate of others on the basis of right-wing traditionally entrenched religion.

But she never considers her choice is offensive to the Almighty God!

She has completely avoided her primary relationship as needing to be that with God in Christ.

Totally opposed to God’s desire.

This is the Limitation & Irony of Worldly 'Wisdom'!

Paul related the irony of worldly wisdom to the Corinthians believers.

True wisdom resides in God’s seeming ‘foolishness’ regarding the cross-work of Christ.

The irony of (prevailing/popular)worldly wisdom is in its being relegated to foolishness.

What is the irony in (prevailing/popular)worldly wisdom?

OR Rather...

How is (prevailing/popular)worldly wisdom limited?

7 ironies of (prevailing/popular)worldly wisdom.

Last time we found that Worldly wisdom is limited by...

1. The CROSS(:18)

2. The SCRIPTURE(:19)

3—Worldly wisdom is limited by...

The LEARN-ed/Accomplished(:20-21)


:20—“Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?

With the above in mind, Paul now asks 3 persuasive questions comparing worldly “wisdom” to the Gospel of Christ. Such wisdom is quickly relegated to the realm of nonsense. These examples(“the wise”, “scribes” & “disputers”) have all come to nothing because their so-called ‘wisdom’ is derived solely from the reasonings of men.

“Where” now does such a secular “wise man”(Greek philosopher?) stand?

Isa. 19:12— “Well then, where are your wise men? Please let them tell you, And let them understand what the LORD of hosts Has purposed against Egypt.”

Isa. 33:18—“Your heart will meditate on terror: “Where is the scribe? Where is he who weighs? Where is he who counts the towers?””—These questions are stated in a mocking tone for those of Israel who are presently under the thumb of the Assyrians. There will come a day when their subjugation will be only a memory.

Likewise, “where” does the “scribe”(Jewish expert in the law, i.e., writers of the Talmud, Mishnah...) stand?

And likewise, “where” does “this age’s” great “disputer/debater”(philosophical defender) stand?

Where are all these? They are all bound together in their own self-subscribed “foolishness” of unbelief. Some beholden to religious unbelief & others beholden to philosophical unbelief.

“This age,” though bogged down under the weight of secular & religious sophists, is also the age of the cross, where both spiritual & physical salvation has been accomplished thru Jesus’ cross-work.

“God” has dealt a decisive death blow to such secularly accepted & regarded “wisdom,” by placing it securely in the realm of “foolishness”—its exact opposite! Worldly “wisdom” is no more than silliness, ridiculousness, & absurdity. “God” Himself has both made & proven it so!

“Wise”(See :19, 25)—sofov—Adj.—1) Wise—1a) Skilled, expert: of artificers, 1b) Wise, skilled in letters, cultivated, learned, 1c) Forming the best plans & using the best means for their execution. Strong—Akin to safhv(clear); Wise(in a most general application).

“Scribe”—grammateuv—1) A clerk, scribe, esp. a public servant, secretary, recorder, whose office & influence differed in different states: 2) in the Bible, A man learned in the Mosaic law & in the sacred writings, an interpreter, teacher. Scribes examined the more difficult & subtle questions of the law; added to the Mosaic law decisions of various kinds thought to elucidate its meaning & scope, & did this to the detriment of religion. Since the advice of men skilled in the law was needed in the examination in the causes & the solution of the difficult questions, they were enrolled in the Sanhedrin; & are mentioned in connection with the priests & elders of the people; 3) A religious teacher: so instructed that from his learning & ability to teach advantage may redound to the kingdom of heaven. Strong—A writer, i.e. (professionally)Scribe or secretary.

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