At the end of 1 Corinthians 1 Paul contrasts the wisdom of the world with the wisdom of God. As you might expect, the wisdom of the world doesn’t fare very well in that comparison: 25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. Paul points out that God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise and the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty. Studies have shown that the higher the degree of post-secondary education, the less identification there is with faith in Jesus or any other faith for that matter. That would seem to fit what Paul is saying here…or does it? When we think of wisdom, I don’t think we should associate wisdom with educational achievement. I wonder if a person who has worked 30 years in a factory is less wise or intelligent than someone with an earned doctorate? That’s impossible to know from the outside isn’t it? I think a welder can have the same IQ as a physicist. The difference in occupation is more likely related to passion and opportunity than to intelligence…at least in my opinion.
I think that “wisdom” is an interesting thing to think about. Paul is calling the Jesus follower to the wisdom of God over the wisdom of the world. That’s not a knock on intelligent people, but it’s a call for people to seek the wisdom of God. It’s a call to recognize that none of us bring much to the table in relation to God’s wisdom; it needs to be given or granted to us. Paul closes with this last sentence: 30 But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption— 31 that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the Lord.” Let’s glory in the Lord, seek His wisdom and share this wisdom with everyone in our world, regardless of their earthly wisdom.