Source Of Learning And Scholarship
18 “Let no person deceive himself. If anyone among you supposes that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool [let him discard his worldly discernment and recognize himself as dull, stupid, and foolish, without true learning and scholarship], that he may become [really] wise 19 For this world’s wisdom is foolishness (absurdity and stupidity) with God, for it is written, He lays hold of the wise in their [own] craftiness20 And again, The Lord knows the thoughts and reasonings of the [humanly] wise and recognizes how futile they are.”
1 Corinthians 3:18-20 Amplified Bible
The world thinks they are wise in all manner of things concerning this world and this present life in which we live. Science thinks it can achieve an understanding of all things. The world thinks that is has made correct determinations, based on learning and the wisdom of man, on things from Global Warming to Evolution. Man is filled with much pride when it comes to his own natural knowledge and understanding. Man thinks his determinations on things are superior to what the Lord says about His creation in the Word. This is a dangerous hubris that has been a battleground for man from the beginning.
The verses above make it clear that the wisdom of man is foolish and when we claim knowledge that is in opposition to the Word we are deceived. If we trust only in the things that science tells us or what medicine determines, or any such thing that is solely the wisdom of the world, we will be led to make foolish decisions. Wisdom is the exclusive domain of the Lord alone.
Our natural mind cannot begin to fathom or understand the ultimate realities and truth except through the Holy Spirit revealing it to us. Man was not present when God created this world and set the entire universe in motion. How can man correct the one who created all and holds all things in this universe in order?
True learning and scholarship are from the Lord alone and from the Word of God as revealed to us by the Holy Spirit. Everything you need to know as it pertains to this life is found not in scientific methodology, medical journals, or business analysis. It is revealed through the Word, by Holy Spirit inspiration. The Holy Spirit knows the things of God because He is God. And He will reveal all truth to you. He will teach you and guide you. He will show things the world cannot know because the things of God are hidden from the world and its prideful wisdom. Everything you need to know for success in this life is there for you through Him.
Trust Him because if you trust in the wisdom of the world, even though it may seem logical to your natural mind, it is actually “absurdity and stupidity” and absolutely “futile”. Trust in the Word and Holy Spirit revelation and become a person of true learning and scholarship!
J Todd Hostetler