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islandrazor

Not many wise among you?

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islandrazor

Sometimes I look at posts in here and I have empathy for Festus.

 

"And as he thus spoke for himself, Festus said with a loud voice, “Paul, thou art beside thyself! Much learning doth make thee mad!

 

Have fun with it....

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We know that we must be on our guard as knowledge tends to puff up. However Paul was a learned man and Festus in his assertion was in error. There is nothing inherently wrong with learning, though like anything it can be abused. However I do see that more love (which edifies) is much needed in the modern congregation of Christ.

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Christ has set the bar. By His grace we hope to live accordingly.

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To rephrase the initial post.

Let me call it Downhill Mileage and pose the question:

What does it mean that the children of darkness are wiser than the children of the light?

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islandrazor
To rephrase the initial post.

Let me call it Downhill Mileage and pose the question:

What does it mean that the children of darkness are wiser than the children of the light?

5 So he called every one of his lord's debtors unto him, and said unto the first, How much owest thou unto my lord?

 

6 And he said, An hundred measures of oil. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and sit down quickly, and write fifty.

 

7 Then said he to another, And how much owest thou? And he said, An hundred measures of wheat. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and write fourscore.

 

8 And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.

 

It means that without the inconvenience of the Holy Spirit the children of darkness are craftier. They can cheat better. This man had no qualms about manipulating his masters money.

 

9 And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations.

 

10 He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.

 

11 If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?

 

12 And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man's, who shall give you that which is your own?

 

13 No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

 

Then he points out that if you can't be trusted with little, you can't be trusted with much. You can't serve money, or the world, and serve God.

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We know that we must be on our guard as knowledge tends to puff up. However Paul was a learned man and Festus in his assertion was in error. There is nothing inherently wrong with learning, though like anything it can be abused. However I do see that more love (which edifies) is much needed in the modern congregation of Christ.

Of course Paul was right. Festus just wasn't buying it, but he was intrigued and entertained. Paul's speech was spirit directed. Festus couldn't wrap his head around it.

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I appreciate your insight.

Do you expect to raise the bar?

The bar is the truth. Christ is the Son of God. He created the universe. He came in the flesh to be the propitiation for our sin. He died. He rose. He loves us, and now He waits till the time is full to retrieve us.

Thank you God for your loving kindness.

1 Cor. 1:23

But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;

 

The Greeks were considered the intellectuals, much as todays "educated fools", (As Bob Dylan says.) Christians are antiquated dummies in the eyes of those who oppose Christ.

 

Romans 1:14 I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise. We have the wisdom of God, the truth. They have the wisdom of man as a rule. Todays education is liberal and worldly. I'm with Mick Jagger here, "Useless information". Enough of that...

 

Me, I'm an uneducated fool.

 

1 Cor 1:19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.

 

1 Corinthians 1:20

Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?

 

1 Corinthians 3:19

For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.

 

The original posts intent was to start a dialogue on the simplicity of the gospel. People can go off on tangents and get tangled up in "doubtful disputations". They can be fun no doubt, but they should not separate brothers. I know some truths must be defended, yet the truth remains simple.

 

In Christ

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In their generation and of things pertaining to this world and its sinful system they are "wiser" than Christians

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What does it mean that the children of darkness are wiser than the children of the light?

 

My first thoughts are of

  • 1 Corinthians 3:19 For the wisdom of this world is folly with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their craftiness,”

The world here is used in respect to an ideological or moral system which is at opposition to God....

 

It means that without the inconvenience of the Holy Spirit the children of darkness are craftier. They can cheat better. This man had no qualms about manipulating his masters money.

 

We are told to be,

  • Matthew 10:16 “Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.

In essence, I think we are instructed to be able to "see" or "perceive" the craftiness of the worldly. In other words, know and see when you're being exploited. We're to boldly and not timidly engage the world, but not rush foolishly into danger.

 

As far as children of light, I am alluded to Matthew 5:14-16:

  • 14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

A light house for example becomes a warning. Its message steers ships clear from shallows or rocky terrain. Likewise, our message should include the warnings of the world system, pointing out all its craftiness for want of self centered ambitions, greed, etc which leads one to ruin and destruction.

 

God bless,

William

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