This is the second part of the post: The wisdom of this age and salvation. In case you are yet to read the first part, do so by clicking this link; https://meandmygodtoday.wordpress.com/2015/07/21/the-wisdom-of-this-age-and-salvation-1-cor-118-25/
Salvation comes only through water and spirit (John 3:5). The wisdom of this age would certainly not comprehend this, because to them that are worldly wise, the sins of a sinner (killer, liar, thief, etc.) can never be washed off by the mere sprinkling of water. No way! How reasonable does it sound to say sin, in the heart and mind, of a person would be washed off like mud on the person, i.e. even to consider the case of baptism by immersion? Sin is not physical filth to be washed off with water. This is clearly the wisdom of this age, and it is a perfect manifestation that truly the message of our salvation is folly to the perishing, our world.
The spirit comes in the equation of salvation because it is the renewal of the mind and heart that finishes and settles ones salvation. After cleansing (baptism by water), there is the baptism of the Holy Spirit (baptism by fire) which is the renewal of the mind and heart. Nicodemus was a wise man of the world. The Bible makes us understand that he was not just an ordinary man, but a teacher of God’s chosen people, Israel. Nicodemus sneaked through the night to see Jesus for some knowledge and wisdom only to be confronted with a shocking speech of his life from the mouth of the person he had said everything points that He was a teacher from God.
And Jesus told Nicodemus how salvation which grants one entry into the kingdom of God comes about. And Nicodemus proved he was so full of the wisdom of this age by asking, “How can a man be born when he is old? Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb to be born again. – John 3:4. ”
Then Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the spirit… – John 3:5-8.” Even after Jesus’ lengthy explanation Nicodemus still did not understand, because his worldly wisdom stood as a stumbling block, and he asked Jesus plainly, “How can this be?” I pray that you do not act like Nicodemus to the message of salvation.
If you do not put aside your wisdom today and cling to the message of salvation, you will with eyes full of tears watch the door to the kingdom of God close on you like the rich man who despised Lazarus. Mind you, when you stand before God that day, you won’t give an account of how great an architect, doctor, teacher, lawyer, engineer, psychologist, professor, etc., you were on earth, but how much you knew Him, and have performed the task He had laid before you through Christ Jesus. For more insight into what task God has laid before us through Christ and how to perform it perfectly, follow this blog and keep reading. God bless you.
By: Ameyaw Bernice Ama