Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom.
Men are not to rejoice in their wisdom, their strength, or their riches, but in the fact that they have a knowledge of Christ. This knowledge is the most excellent, the most precious, that we can possess. It is the pledge of everlasting life. For “this is life eternal, that we might know thee,the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” Money cannot buy it, intellect cannot grasp it, power cannot command it; but to all who will accept it God’s glorious grace is freely given. But men may feel their need, and, renouncing all self-dependence, accept salvation as a gift. Those who enter heaven will not scale its walls by their own righteousness, nor will its gates be opened to them for costly offerings of gold, or silver; but they will gain an entrance to the many mansions of the Father’s house through the merit of the cross of Christ.
The self-righteous feel no need of Christ. And when those who profess His name extol their own wisdom and goodness, they give evidence that they are not acquinted with Him. As soon as Christ is revelaed to the soul, the sinner feels that his only hope is in the Lamb of God as the propitiation (God’s wrath turns away from those who place their faith in salvation, in the Blood of the Lamb, His Son.) for sin originated in Heaven. Lucifer’s jelousy of God, vexed God’s Holy Spirit. As Christ begins to open His love before him watch the effect, and see what it is. Many claim this expereince who are strangers to the love of Christ. But if it leads on to look with humility upon himself, . . .if he gives evidence that the hea,venly reward is of more value to him than his wordly possessions, we may know that eams of life from Christ are shining upon hs soul.
Out of Christ, human wisdom in all its forms is foolishness; for those who trust in their own wisdom, have lost eternity out of their reckoning. . . .To all who beleive in Jesus is able to save unto the uttermost all that come unto God by Him, the gospel is the power and wisdom of God.
The warning in Revelation 13 is a prophecy soon to be fulfilled! And if this brings fear into your heart, to be without money, it can be only from the power of God, for “Fear of God is the beginning of wisdom.” Psalms 111:10 God has shown the power of His words, to incite a healthy fear that leads to respect and dignity for our Creator.
Satan has control for a “time”. “And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time. But the judgment shall sit, [in heaven] and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end. And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him. Daniel 7:25-27
What draws us to desire being ruled by a God of justice, a Creator, Jesus, a man who bows down to be walked upon, by the men of earth, who voluntarily goes to a cross, for a crime he did not commit, then is raised from the grave, then he is raised to Heaven?
No one can call Jesus, a weak man. It takes courage like a lion, self control like an eagle, and weakness like a calf, that will grow to be as strong as a bull, in a man and woman, determined to be whole, in the Lord, in the complete picture of the sons and daughters of God, He wants us to be!
“And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” (Revelation 13:17).
What can man do to me, that God can’t fix?