Volume. XXVII, No. 11
Sunday, 09 September 2012


The Only Source of Wisdom


Introduction

The twentieth century produced an information explosion unparalleled in human history. Instant access to volumes of knowledge at the click of a mouse is available literally to every person. Yet with all we have learned and with all that\'s been written, man\'s wisdom is still impotent to answer life\'s most basic spiritual questions like: How did we get here? Where do I go when I die? What is the meaning of life? There is a psychiatrist who wrote a book on how to deal with depression. A section entitled "Reprogramming Your Conscious Mind" particularly caught my attention. Her first suggestion was that every time you have a negative thought, shout, "Cancel!" She also recommended sleep programming – playing a tape recording all night that contains lots of positive feedback. During the day, according to her, you should listen to “positive” music. The doctor also thought it would be helpful to cultivate a meaningful spiritual philosophy. She said you need to find a belief system that works for you – any will do! But be sure to avoid people who talk about sin and guilt. Her final recommendation was to find the light in yourself so that you can correct your own problems. The same method is still being taught and used in schools from kindergarten to university. Unfortunately, that is the best human wisdom can do.

True Wisdom Begins with God

God defines wisdom this way: "And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding." (Job 28:28). That verse describes saving faith (James 3:15) both fearing God and departing from evil take place initially at conversion. So you begin to be wise when you fear God by trusting in Him and repenting of your sins. As long as you have only human wisdom - or to put it in James\' words (James 3:15), that which is "earthly, sensual, devilish” (or Satanic), you cannot know God or true wisdom. Without that critical first step, there is no relationship to the Giver of all wisdom and understanding. On the other hand, if you have submitted to the gospel in repentance, you know the "only wise God" (Rom. 16:27) as your Father. His book of wisdom is open to you as a child of God. The indwelling Spirit of wisdom illuminates to you the wisdom of His Holy Word so that you can truly be wise in His sight! Why then do we still have a sinful tendency to look first to man\'s wisdom (e.g. Humanism and Post-Modernism) and virtually ignore the sufficiency of God\'s wisdom found in the Bible? I think if we truly understand the stark contrast, the absolute opposition of the one to the other – we will leave behind the elementary understanding of the world to embrace the riches of Divine Wisdom.
Human vs. Divine Wisdom

Today our thinking is attacked by worldly philosophies and methodologies in an attempt to divert us from the Word of God – the only source that can satisfy the deep needs of the human heart. It\'s not a new attack; the Corinthian believers had the same problem. They were strongly influenced by the prevailing ideas of their day just as we are! When they became Christians and were awakened to the revelation of God, they were exposed to an obvious conflict. Paul, describing that conflict, said, "For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” (1 Cor. 1:18, 20) While the first-century philosophers viewed the wisdom of God as foolishness, in truth, God exposed their so-called "wisdom" as foolish. That opposition makes the wisdom of the world and the wisdom of God incompatible – they are mutually exclusive!

God has given man the ability to study, analyse, categorise, and develop the physical resources of this earth to benefit physical life. But that\'s where his wisdom ends. Because of sin, his mind is totally unable to discern the spiritual dimension. He has no power to change his own heart, no understanding to solve his spiritual dilemma, and no resources to satisfy his soul – he is spiritually dead. The wisdom of men makes no contribution in the spiritual dimension, and it doesn\'t need to make a contribution. God\'s wisdom is rich and infinite – it needs no supplement.

True Wisdom Is Divinely Revealed

First Corinthians 2:7 says, "But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory." The Greek word translated "mystery" doesn\'t refer to something strange or puzzling; it\'s a technical term for the kind of truth man has not previously known but is now revealed. The truth that God saves sinners through the substitutionary sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ! However, no one can come to that truth by himself because of sin. "But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned." (1 Cor. 2:14) Divine wisdom can\'t be empirically deduced by analysing data and physical evidence (verse 9). It comes only as a gift God gives when His Spirit reveals His Word to individuals!

First Corinthians 2:10 says, "But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God." The Holy Spirit, the divine Author of Scripture, searches the deep recesses of God\'s Person and knows the mind of God perfectly. Therefore He is able to reveal God and God\'s will completely. The Bible contains all the wisdom man needs for solving all the spiritual struggles, problems, and issues of life. If we do not believe this, we cannot call ourselves Bible believing Christians.

Those deep things of God, Paul says, "…we speak, not in the words which man\'s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual." (2:13) If you are a born again Christian, you have the Spirit of Truth to enlighten you about essential spiritual truths. The Holy Spirit takes God\'s Word, the Word He has revealed and inspired, and illuminates it for those in whom He dwells. You can rightly appraise the Word, but only when you rely on the Giver of the Word. If we rely on human wisdom instead of God’s wisdom, we lie to ourselves and others when we say we believe that God is an all wise God and His Word is sufficient for us. The Apostle Paul concluded, "…we have the mind of Christ." (1 Cor. 2:16) We can understand if we are diligent and obedient to study and submit to His Word. Because it is revealed, its authenticity is guaranteed. Because it is verbally and divinely inspired, its accuracy is guaranteed! There is no reason we should argue within ourselves, “I know what the Bible says, but I still don’t think it is practical in our days…” And because it is illumined, its applicability is guaranteed!

Conclusion: Dearly beloved, please do not turn to human wisdom to solve spiritual problems. Do not be deceived by Satan into believing that “Mr. Worldly Wiseman” has better solutions to offer for your life’s problems. If the world had anything to offer, the best of its citizens would not have crucified the Lord of glory! (1 Cor. 2:8) As a true believer, anchor all your confidence in the Word of God, the only source of true wisdom.
            
Pastor Weng

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Announcements
Kitchen Roster: Today’s Team Leader: Dn Edwin D’Mello. Next Lord’s Day: Bro Daniel Volvricht.
*Hope Bookstore: Open today: 12:30 - 1:45 pm.
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Journey mercies: Dns Joyce Gong (Adl); Bro Ngie Joo & Sis Sooi Chin Gong (Per); Bro John & Sis Josephine Wong & Stephen (Adl); Bro Raphael Ng (Goolwa/Adl); & Sis Iris Surman (Adl); & others who have arrived safely.
Church Activities in past week.
Healing & recovery from virus illness
God’s daily mercy, guidance & blessings.
Visitors & new worshippers.
Sharon Bible-Presbyterian Church - 41st Anniversary Thanksgiving today.
God’s protection & safety in last week’s storm

Prayer Items
Health & God’s healing - Dr Gary Cohen (USA), Dr SH Tow (S’pore); Rev George van Buuren; Rev & Mrs James White; Bro Colin & Sis Kathleen Creaser; Bro Len & Sis Margaret Pearson (Nursing Home); Preacher Zhang (Sihanoukville); Grandpa Ki (S’pore); Bro Elton Law; Sisters Lynette Booth, Mabella Booth (Nursing Home), Margaret Hooper, Lai Kheng Chiong, Myung Ki, Vivian Kou (Melb), Irena Kurek-Braden (NSW), Choon Fong Lee (KL), Lehia Paauwe (Per), Susan Varadi (Nursing Home); Mr Swee Liang Ng (Bro Raphael’s father); Mr Mang Soo Ong (Sis Gillian Ong’s father); Mr Wong (Dn Wai Kin Wong’s father); Mrs Maggie D’Mello (Dn Edwin’s mother in Mumbai) & Mrs Chuilin Yap (Malacca); Mr Tony Zhang; & others in affliction.
Cambodia Missions - Bro Sun Sokha & Ministry (Phnom Penh); Bro Chanthon & Sis Siang Lai (Siem Reap); Life University (Sihanoukville - much needed funds)
Ministry in New Life BPC (London): Ps & Sis Ki.
Laos Missions - Bro Surish Dharmalingam & Ministry
Batam Missions - Sis Ang Liang Phoa & Ministry.
God’s Comfort - Sis Iris Surman; & others afflicted & grieving.
iSketch&Tell Studio, YouTube Ministry & Ordination - Pr HS Lim  (Melbourne, Vic).
IBPFM (USA) - Rev Keith Coleman & Board members; missionaries in India & South America.
Ps & Sis Weng - Ministry in Hope BPC.
Hopefuls in S’pore; In Kuching: Teo family.
House of Hope, Cebu - Ministry to drug addicts.
Journey mercies: Bro John (Melb/Rome) & Sis Josephine Wong & Stephen (Melb); Bros Ngie Joo Gong (Adl), Raphael Ng (Goolwa/Adl), & Pirun Pech (USA/Canada); & those who are travelling.
Logos International School (Phnom Penh) - Bro Peter Koo.
Interpreters of sermon into Mandarin.
Full-time Job - Sisters Michelle Lee (Melb) & Corinne Teng; & others looking for  stable jobs.
Unity in doctrine & fellowship of all B-P Churches
Wisdom & guidance - our political leaders.
Health in pregnancy - Sis Josephine Wong.
Believers under persecution in Islamic countries.
AFG - YAF Retreat & Leadership Seminar Speaker: Dr Mark Lehman.

 

 

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