Wisdom of God
"For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but to them which are saved it is the power of God."
1 Corinthians 1:18
The Pharisees and Scribes were notorious for trying to trap Jesus. They came on several occasion to "test Him." There are among us brothers/sisters born of the same spirit. When they ask a question it is to trap you into some display of their superior knowledge or to win a point. If our main aim is to flaunt our superiority over others or making a point or justifying ourselves or our position we have missed the mark! We will never grasp a hold of the Truth and what God wants us to do.
"That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men,
but in the power of God."
2 Corinthians 2:5
"And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power."
2 Corinthians 2:4
I believe Paul is trying to encourage those of us who think we are not qualified to preach or teach or whatever! Paul is not discrediting those who have much schooling and carefully study and prepare their notes on what they are going to say. There are those among us that would have you impressed with their degrees/schooling*. There is nothing wrong in educating oneself. But Paul was speaking against those who are trying to impress others with their knowledge, vocabulary (I call them 2 dollar words!) or their speaking ability.
You don't need to be a great speaker with a vocabulary/cash register full of 2 dollar words to share the wonderful Gospel effectively.
The swaying power is in the story, not the storyteller!!
"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 Corinthians 1:18
*Quick note: If you feel a little out of place sometimes among these scholars and are asked about your education...if you feel that you have to have a response....well, I think this would be a suitable response: Tell them you are studying for the Master.
He is the Master and you are being degreed in Him!
Sha'aloo shalom Yerushalayim
Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem!
In His service and love