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True Knowledge (1 Cor 8:2-3)

Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. If anyone imagines that he knows something, he does not yet know as he ought to know. But if anyone loves God, he is known by God. - 1 Cor 8:1-3

The common theme emanating all the wisdom traditions of the world is the idea that those who think themselves wise are fools.

This sentiment was stressed repeatedly by King Solomon in Israel, Socrates in Greece, Lau Tzu in China as well as by many other great names in the history of philosophy.

Jesus did not claim to be wise. He claimed to be the incarnation of Truth (Wisdom) itself - a claim that renders Him nothing short of either a lunatic or God Himself. Therefore as Christians, we recognize that all true knowledge comes from Christ and not ourselves. If we know Christ and nothing else, we know all that we need. If we have all the wisdom under the sun but do not know Jesus, we know nothing

I believe this is the sentiment Paul is embodying earlier in his letter to the Corinthians when he states "And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified." ( 1 Cor 2:1-2)

Wisdom that does not lead to love is no wisdom at all. Though Jesus was certainly the wisest man to ever live, He was not merely a wise teacher. He laid his life down as an act of sacrificial love. He obeyed His Father all the way to the cross to demonstrate what true love looks like.

At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. - Matt 11:25

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