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September 5, 2009 / beidson

Saved By Wisdom, Not Through Wisdom

We cannot be saved without wisdom, and really, I mean to say Wisdom, the person.  The truth is, God does save the Wise, but only because they are the people of Wisdom, sons of God  through Jesus, who is our wisdom.  We are fools because we love wisdom, and such is the great irony of God’s “foolishness”.

The Scriptures say that Christ is the “power of God and the wisdom of God” and that Jesus Christ has been made “our wisdom and our righteousness and sanctification and redemption” (1 Cor. 1:24, 30).  We are saved by Wisdom, but only because Wisdom is a person, not a seasoned intellect.

It did not please God to save the world through wisdom (v. 21), because then we might have grounds for boasting, though it would be insane to boast in front of God.  But it pleased God to save the world by Wisdom.  The gospel is foolishness, but only when we think wisdom saves.  And yet, wisdom does save.  And the point is this: wisdom saves only when it leads to obedience, which is why Jesus is our wisdom, because he alone has obeyed his Father perfectly.  He is for us our grounds for boasting before God, because in Jesus Christ we are fools who have abandoned everything.  Only fools may boast before God because he has chosen to save fools by Wisdom.

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