Resting on the Wisdom of Men


We do speak wisdom among those who are mature; a wisdom, however, not of this age, nor the rulers of this age.

Whom are we following today?  Upon what kind of revelation, do we attempt to prove our mere bits of understanding?  Who taught us what we know, and how much of it was actually learned by listening to the Spirit?  Have we accepted men’s word, or did we do our soul fair, by seeking out answers for our own selves?

“Your faith, should not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.”   1 Corinthians 2:5.

So much was placed before us.  There were so many truths that we were meant to have; such a real and sincere depth was promised.

How much do we know today about the true realm of the spirit world; the good side, and the bad side?  We must also ask, what can we say we’ve learned about the realm of the human spirit; just what our spirit is capable of, in the spirit world?  We are eternal spirits; we have been taught that we will live forever.

It may appear that many of the things we proclaimed and judged as truth in our days, may have only been placed there by some other person.  Did we accept men’s authority and requirements, as being total truth, without searching it out for ourselves?

There is this new age way of thinking that rejects anything that has to do with what is called “negative.”  Let’s consider what the apostle said in this text.

He made this comment, “I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.”  He’s not talking about the Spirit here.  He is sharing some truth of the trouble that he and others went through.

Many of the messages going forth today might do well if they were compared to those Paul gave.  We’ve all heard it.  He said that my message and my preaching were not done in persuasive words of wisdom; but, in demonstration of the Spirit and of power.

Is it even possible, that some of the wisdom many of us heard, was not from above.  Men’s wisdom, according to scripture, is earthly, sensual and even devilish.  That’s a morsel of meat that too many of us were told not to chew on.  Don’t question what you’re told, take it as being the truth, and keep drinking your milk.  You must stay in line!

Why would God make so much available to us through the Spirit, and yet not want us to seek it out, grow and mature with it?  Well, He didn’t intend that.

We’re quick to state that holy men of God wrote as they were moved on by the Holy Ghost.  It was accepted by many of us before, that the things of the Spirit, the real things of God, must be learned in the Spirit.  The kind of wisdom that this writer was speaking of, is not the same kind we see so much of in our time today.  He wrote that God revealed His wisdom to them, through the Spirit.  It was not man’s ideas, or even his opinions.

For the Spirit searcheth all things, even the depths of God.  I am asking myself, why would we settle for anything less than that?

It’s been my feeling for some time now, that God has kept many of us around to recall and re-visit some of the things we learned.  All of us knew where we were headed spiritually; we all were made aware of what we could have, and what it would take to get it.  It was not some strange thing; it was a direction we were called to travel.  And we sought it; many of us, with all of our heart and soul.

We know the true things of God, are spiritually discerned.  I recently ran across another term, “spiritually appraised.”  Paul was not writing only to the leadership here, he was addressing the entire body of Christ.  The wisdom of this world, is foolishness to God.

To operate without the leading of the Spirit, with our own program, is absolutely being very foolish.  It is not true, that all Saints of God, want to be rocked to sleep.  They are becoming more and more hungry, for the deeper things of God.

Much around us tells us we are going to need it.  Those born in depth, yearn to return to it.


~ Robert Blackburn

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