In some of my previous posts I pointed out how the message of the gospel seems “foolish” to most people on Earth (I Corinthians 1:18), and that it is often accepted not by the intellectuals, but by people like myself who have lower IQ’S (I Corinthians 1:26,27 NIV).
Yet the gospel is not foolish for real, it is simply mocked by those who are fools themselves:
We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing (I Corinthians 2:6 NIV).
The Gospel is a message of wisdom for the mature. The intellectuals of the world are not mature, because they are in bondage to their own pride and self worship. This blinds them to truth. The wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age are going to come to nothing. There is no eternal glory in Earthly wisdom because it is so temporary and so wrong. All the great intellectuals are discredited by others who come after them.
But the wisdom of an average, ordinary Christian lasts forever. The wisdom of a twelve year old child who worships Jesus will last forever, because Jesus will reign forever on the throne of throne. The works that this child does in Jesus’ name–deeds of genuine self sacrifice and love modeled after Jesus’ own sacrifice on the cross–will last for eternity, and be rewarded by God Himself. But all the papers and treatises by the intellectuals will be eventually discarded and recognized for the waste of paper that they were. They have no eternal value.