The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. -1 Corinthians 2:14 ESV
There is more than one ‘language’ found in the scripture. There is an ‘eternal’ language and there is a ‘practical’ language. If you try to apply one language to the areas that speak the other, you’ll find contradictions.
Trying to understand the ‘eternal’ awareness is like trying to stick an F-5 tornado in a container of cool whip. There is no way for us to understand to any degree of infallible clarity that we should boast of any amount of spiritual superiority. What’s more, it seems that God enjoys taking the forgettable people of the practical existence and giving them the secrets to His kingdom. What seems like unrealistic nonsense to the every day common sense is exactly what pulls at the corners of His mouth.
But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise. God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong. God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. -1 Corinthians 1:27-29 ESV
So, if it’s true that what seems to be wise and prudent may be turned on its head by the last thing you would consider of value, maybe we should speak less, move slower and love more. We should find a way, in our belief of the finality of the Cross, to strengthen one another in unity. The alternative is what we see now, bickering about who’s right and who’s wrong. The only right thing is Jesus.
I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. -1 Corinthians 1:10 ESV
If your goal is gaining and speaking wisdom you lose the essence of the Gospel and dumb down the cross. If you spend your life training people in the practice of Christian living you get caught up in the lifestyle and forget about the grace. If you start with Jesus and His cross and do not move away from them as you gain wisdom and validation, then you will be wiser than most. The truth never leaves the foot of the cross. If it does, then it’s just another formula and no longer the Gospel.
For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power. -1 Corinthians 1:17 ESV
Gaining scriptural knowledge to fill your practical head can be done by anyone. You don’t have to have a relationship with Jesus to know scripture and live a life with devout Christian qualities. The thing that sets a person apart from the educated and the changed is their love. You can have Solomon’s wisdom, June Cleaver’s morals and Mother Theresa’s charity and still not know Jesus. To those who think they are ‘good’ and are adding to their goodness, ‘wisdom’, the simplicity of grace is foolishness.
You cannot know God through wisdom.
Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. -1 Corinthians 1:20-21 ESV
If your wisdom is your downfall and your foolishness is the tool that God uses, then no one can brag in and of themselves. A clever little twist to hint at the Godly wisdom that keeps us all in check.
Jesus is the wisdom.
And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” -1 Corinthians 1:30-31 ESV