Written April 27, 2015
Christ’s apostles were simple Galileans, many of them fishermen. Although this Scripture was written of the Corinthian believers, it applies to the twelve as well: they were not… wise by human standards; not… influential; not… of noble birth. But God choose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise… He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things – and the things that are not – to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. (1Cor. 1:26-29). Saul of Tarsus, however,was different.
From the tribe of Benjamin, he had been taught the law in Jerusalem under Gamaliel, a Pharisee honored in religious circles of the day (Phil. 3:5; Acts 22:3; 5:34). Almost immediately after saving him, God called Saul out to Arabia (Mt. Sinai?) to be separated unto Himself; He did not send him to Jerusalem to be taught by the other apostles as Saul likely would have done of his own accord (see Gal. 1:15-17).
No, it was imperative that this intelligent and wise religious man conform no longer to the pattern of the world, but be transformed by God’s renewal of his mind. For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.” (1Cor. 1:19). Note that the Holy Spirit repeated this OT Scripture (Is. 29:14) in a Pauline epistle, not another.
God does not mince words about this; it is a very serious matter because our pursuit of knowledge continues to separate us from Him. God’s Way for us to pursue Him is narrow: it is by Christ alone. It is for us to humble ourselves and become as little children; we miss the mark when we pursue Him otherwise. Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you thinks he is wise by the standards of this age, he should become a “fool” so that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight (1Cor 3:18-19a).
God thus took the theologian of Tarsus into the desert and demolished his religious strongholds, arguments, and pretensions so that Christ could be revealed to all through Saul’s renewed soul (see 2Cor.10:3-6). This apostle-in-the-making had to be removed from human influence for a season in order to become truly knowledgable of his Lord by intimacy with Him. He had to be made a “fool” by the world’s standards so that he could become wise; the Pharisee had to humble himself and become a “child” in order to enter the kingdom.
…Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, 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 the little children. Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure.” – Luke 10:21
Becoming like a little child with you in Christ, your sister deanna