" Where is the wise ? where is the scribe ? where is the disputer of this world? has God not made foolish the wise of this world ?" I Corinthians 1 : 20
The wisdom of God expressed in His salvation plan through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ was not the wisdom of this world, nor of the " princes "of this world which comes to nought .
The wisdom of God uses the despised and foolish things of the earth to manifest His Glory.
1 Corinthians 1 : 25 -29.
The preaching of the cross of Jesus is not foolishness and it is not just another news item
It is the power of God and it is the hidden wisdom of God in a mystery which God ordained before the world began to bring about your salvation , unto your glory.
1 Corinthians 2:5-8.
Disputers cannot comprehend the ways of God. and so disputers believe that they are the " experts and the sole custodians of all knowledge and wisdom in the earth" .
They would despise all things which they regard as "foolish things and ridiculous beliefs" .
Some would say ,"Death is final . What is the rationale in the belief that the source of life would be hinged on the death of anything or of any human being?".
" How could a man who could not prevent his own shameful death on the cross , promise others victory and life eternal?" Matthew 27:35 - 44 .
Wise men are not disputers but they are seekers who are prepared to go the extra mile to find out the veracity of any claim before dismissing it as " foolish and false".
" It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter ".
Proverbs 25 : 2.
Nicodemus was a ruler of the Jews , he was also a member of the Pharisee sect , one of the religious sects who persecuted Jesus and demanded for His execution by crucifixion.
As a Pharisee , Nicodemus was well versed in the letter and the laws of the Jewish religion .
He came under the cover of the night for an unforgettable encounter with Jesus ; to check out Jesus' doctrine of which he had heard a lot of stories .
That night Nicodemus received the word of life , directly from the King of Kings Himself
John 3 : 1-21.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the power of God unto Salvation to every one that believe. Romans 1: 16.
When the wise get this revelation , they rejoice , embrace it and they apply the wisdom to order their paths .
Nicodemus had a life-changing encounter with Jesus Christ and he went away convinced enough to become a disciple of Jesus Christ.
After the death of Jesus Christ on the cross , it was Nicodemus who supplied the burial spices and joined hands with Joseph of Arimathea to take away the body of Jesus Christ and to prepare Him for burial.
John 19 : 38 - 42.
You say you believe that there is one God and that , for you is the end of the story ?
Not really the end. Anybody can believe that there is one God.
Even devils believe that there is one God and they tremble at the knowledge. James 2 :19.
Your belief in one God is not enough to satisfy God's purpose for you to receive eternal life.
Also it is not enough to know that Jesus Christ is the spotless Lamb of God who was slain to take away the sins of the world .
When the wise receive the Good News about Jesus Christ , it not just another "knowledge" for their archives . They take the most important step in the path of wisdom by embracing the Good News to the letter.
They that are wise would receive and believe the revelation of the Gospel thus :
1. Accept that they have sinned and come short of the glory of God and so they need a Saviour to take away their sins. Romans 6: 20 -23.
2. Believe in their hearts that for this reason in ( 1 ) above Jesus came to the earth .
The blood of Jesus was shed for the remission of sin . Jesus was crucified , He died , He was buried and Jesus rose from the dead on the third day after His burial.
Jesus is alive today and He lives and reigns for ever more as Lord , Saviour , and King in Heaven and on this earth .
3. The wise would come to Jesus today prayerfully confessing their sins . The wise would tell Him they have accepted Him as their Lord and Saviour and hand over to Him their burden of sin .
Now is the moment to do that . Come to Jesus and He will accept you , cleanse you and make you whole again .
3. People who had received the miracle of salvation would rejoice that they are saved unto eternal life ; and the wise do not keep the Good News to themselves, they would tell others about it .
May your life be transformed by the power and the glory of Christ 's resurrection as you live the life of a daily confession of Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour . Amen.
"" But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation ".
For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed ".