DCLM Daily Manna 13 January 2023
KEY VERSE: “Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought.” – (1 Corinthians 2:6)
TEXT: 1 Corinthians 2:6-16
6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:
7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:
8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.
12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
14 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.
15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.
16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? but we have the mind of Christ.
Socrates was by far one of the most celebrated philosophers that ever lived. However, he wrote no works of his own; therefore, we come to know Socrates’ life and teachings through his student and friend, Plato (427BC – 247 BC). In works like “APOLOGY”, Plato, also a philosopher, described the life and trials of Socrates that influence our understanding of the truest element of Socratic wisdom from these quotes: “We are only as wise as our awareness of our ignorance. The only true wisdom is knowing you know nothing”.
Today’s passage lay bare the futility and limit of man’s wisdom. Apostle Paul highlights the impossibility of mortal men discovering God and knowing Him through natural wisdom. When we read the Bible without the saving knowledge of Christ, our understanding is limited.
This is because the things of God are spiritually discerned. Our temporal, earthly achievements cannot be compared with the eternal weight of glory that lies ahead of the saints of God. Therefore, true wisdom demands that we invest our lives in things that will outlast this temporal space.
Before we continue our celebration of man’s wisdom, let us pause and ask ourselves what has happened to the wisdom of the great men and women who lived before now? And where are the achievements through their ingenuity? If we fail to learn from history, it is said, history will repeat itself.
The fact therefore is that there is no wisdom that is superior to the wisdom of God. And there is no philosophy that can guarantee man’s happiness, except the wisdom which the word of God teaches.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Earthly wisdom, at best, is of no eternal value.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Genesis 38-40
Thank you for studying today’s Daily Manna – A Higher Wisdom – by Pastor W.F Kumuyi
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Daily Manna 13 January 2023