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March 14, 2018 8:46 PM:
Oh. My. Goodness. I haven’t written in forever!
Work has been a bit crazy, and so has institute, FHE commitee, tutoring, self reliance, and socializing. So….you could say my hands have been full. Luckily, I’ve been able to finally get a firm hold of my schedule and plan out everything much, much better. I now have time to blog again!!!! YAYYYYY💕
These chapters I’ve chosen are all from a current institute reading assignment. I missed class, so I decided to just read at home! I wanted to really, deeply study the scriptures in a way I haven’t done in a while (my thoughts intertwining with the Lord’s through prayerful and studious research) and felt this would be a great addition to the blog.
Before I head into the article, I want to make it clear that everything I say is all personal insight and interpretation, unless otherwise noted, or is known as common knowledge. Ex: “Paul was an apostate turned apostle.” vs. “Paul was possibly the only apostate turned apostle in Greece.” Fact, vs. opinion.
In verse 17 Paul says: “For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words…” and I cut it off there.
I never fully understood what the scriptures meant when wisdom was portrayed as something bad, until I thought about how simple the Gospel is. Nephi said: “For my soul delighteth in plainness; for after this manner doth the Lord God work among the children of men.” (2 Nephi 31:3)
In this scripture, Nephi explains that “plainness” and simple explanation comes most naturally to us. “…according to their language…”, as he says later on in the verse.
So, when someone in the scriptures uses ‘wisdom’ in a bad context, they must be citing that it takes away from the Lord’s work, and is therefore, selfish. It isn’t wisdom at all, but folly. (Ref. verses 19-23)
In verse 21 it says: “For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching [Gospel] to save them that believe.“
By the way, these:  indicate a personal note.
I think that when Paul is saying this, he’s explaining that the world, this age, will deny the wisdom of God, and preach “gospel” or their own wisdom to save those that believe in it. It’s almost like they’re creating rules to help a certain party in a game. Or these can also be known as, shifting values to bias a certain race, gender, nationality, belief, standard (or lack thereof), religion, political group, social group, or ethical or moral stance. This is “wisdom” in poor context. For the Jews, it was a “stumbling block.” For the Greeks, “foolishness”. But these were nonetheless seen as a token of wisdom to have- the ruminating of the Jews, and the discernment of the Greeks (ref. verse 23).
“God has often chosen the ordinary to accomplish the extraordinary.”
-Unknown and can’t remember
In verse 26, Paul explains that not many “wise men after the flesh”, mighty, or noble are called. Obviously this means called to the work of God.
- “God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise.” (verse 27)
- “..God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty.” (verse 27)
- “…base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:” (A.K.A., the flip side- the mighty may, at times, confound the mighty as well) (verse 28)
And this, He has done many times. Examples are found with Nephi, the youngest (and righteous) brother chosen to be a “ruler and a teacher” over his 3 older brethren. (1 Nephi 2:22) Or Moses, a murderer who had a speech impediment, and was the illegitimate child of the Pharaoh’s daughter whom led millions of God’s chosen people to a land where they would be free to worship Him. Or Abraham, a man who almost had to sacrifice his own, beloved son, for goodness sake! (literally)
I’ve heard the above quote somewhere during sacrament meeting before. It states that any ordinary person- in this case the prophets, apostles, and disciples in the scriptures and modern day-can typically perform extraordinary things and miracles. All with God’s help and influence, that is.
“…that no flesh should glory in his presence”. His being God’s. That those who rely on man, human, mortality, flesh, and wish to glorify and worship and praise, simply cannot praise God as it ought to be because they’re confounded and skewed by their misguided marvel. It’s folly, as I’ve said before. The only true, and meaningful, and purposeful glory can be in God’s glory. Relying on Him, God, the Eternal Father, and eternity.
30-31 states: “But of him ye are in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and in righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:
“That according as it is written, He that giveth, let him glory in the Lord.”
Diyana, 사랑 💖