“A scorner seeks wisdom, and finds it not: but knowledge is easy unto him that understands.” Proverbs 14:6
Until we understand, we know not what we don’t know. We seek wisdom but it continues to elude us. The Pharisees sought wisdom but they did not understand, therefore they stumbled.
“23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; 24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:23-24.
Many scorners do not understand the preaching of Christ crucified to the Believer. The Atonement has become a stumbling block or foolishness as they seek wisdom to overcome daily life and living. They are saved by the atoning work of Jesus Christ and Him crucified but they do not live, the Atonement is not the source, of their daily living. Simply stated, they do not understand. Seeing they see not, hearing, they hear not and neither do they understand (Matthew 13:13).
Many have knowledge of a glass ball and knowledge of a diamond but not all understand the difference in the glass and the diamond. Without understanding it is impossible to discriminate/discern between the two. Our understanding will recognize the diamond and dismiss the glass.
“7 Go from the presence of a foolish man, when you perceive not in him the lips of knowledge. 8 The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit.” Proverbs 14:7-8
Our understanding will discern between wisdom and foolishness. The Word of God says that the preaching of the Cross is foolishness to those who are perishing. Yet many Believers have indeed declared the Atonement foolishness for the answer to their problem…whatever their problem may be and they are perishing. As they seek worldly wisdom to overcome, the seeds of death begin to sprout. They know the Atonement for Salvation but they know vain philosophies for Sanctification and sadly they do not understand the difference.
Be careful of scorning those who are determined to know nothing but Jesus Christ and Him crucified…they (we) are Saved by the power of God and Sanctified by the power of God. Precept upon precept, line upon line we are being made into the image of God by the power of God through faith, not of works lest any man should boast. None of us are perfect, no not a one, but we know in Whom we have believed and are persuaded that our Lord is able to keep that in which we have committed unto Him (1 Tim. 1:12).
“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
Let us each prayerfully consider our own understanding.
-Donna Clark Warren