Be The Fool | 1 Corinthians 2:14-16

Be The Fool | 1 Corinthians 2:14-16

Introduction

  • Well it is finally time for part 6 of our 6 part series #BeTheFool!
    • That’s right, today as we wrap up Chapter 2 of 1 Corinthians we wrap up the #BeTheFool series, at least for now…
    • Let’s just jump right into it by taking a look at our text for today:

1 Corinthians 2:14-16 ESV  (14)  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.  (15)  The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one.  (16)  “For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.

  • So let’s pause for a moment and just recap some of what we have already learned,
    • I always like to do that, do a little recap to make sure these messages are flowing in our minds… right, and I think Paul likes the same thing because here we see him recapping some of what he already taught.
    • So for my recap today I want to look at verse 14 here again:

1 Corinthians 2:14 ESV  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.

  • I don’t know how to put this more simply, or more bluntly… but I so desperately wish that I could get the American Church to understand this very simple point…
    • THE WORLD THINKS OUR WISDOM IS FOOLISHNESS
      • I know that I have already preached on this before…
        • But Paul is bringing it up again so I am bringing it up again!
    • THE WORLD THINKS OUR WISDOM, that is, THE WISDOM OF GOD, IS FOOLISHNESS!
    • Look guys, even Jesus tells us not to do this:

Matthew 7:6 ESV  “Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you.

  • This verse directly follows the often quoted verse “Take the plank out of your own eye so you can see clearly to take the speck from your brother’s eye”.
    • What Jesus is saying is “look… help each other out with sin… first repent of sin yourself then help your brother with his sin.. but don’t even worry about the world, lest they turn on you!”
  • That’s what Jesus said “Do not give dogs what is holy… do not throw your pearls before pigs…” It’s almost a command! STOP GIVING THE HOLY WISDOM OF GOD TO PEOPLE WHO WILL UNDOUBTABLY REJECT IT.

Point One: The World CAN’T understand the wisdom of God

  • And look, it is not like the world even COULD accept the Holy wisdom of God… look back at verse 14…

1 Corinthians 2:14 ESV  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.

  • The Natural person, the worldly person, the un-saved person… they are NOT able to understand or accept the things of the Spirit of God! AND HE IS NOT ABLE TO UNDERSTAND THEM
    • That is what the scripture says! They can’t understand, no amount of explaining, arguing, or facebook memes is going to change that fact!
  • Look, it is political season… and a lot of republican candidates make some pretty broad statements about moral issues…
    • Issues like same sex marriage and abortion…
  • And sometimes this causes me to scratch my head a little bit… because what we are doing is forcing our morals on people… and don’t get me wrong, sometimes I think we NEED to have laws that are moral. And I am heartbroken that we live in a country where abortion is legal…
    • But when I think about it in this context, I have to ask myself something..
      • What is more wicked… the fact that our country makes it legal for women to murder the children inside of them…
        • Or the fact that millions of women in America are willing to abort their babies.
        • In 2008 2% of all women aged 15-44 had an abortion! 2%! The government did not force them to, they chose to have these abortions! 2% of women made that choice.
          • Changing the law to make that choice illegal does not change the hearts of the 2% of women that make that choice, of the men who force their girlfriends to abort, or the families that force their daughters to abort!
      • Because you see no matter the government says, the things of God are foolishness to the world!
    • You see I proposed this question to a pastor friend of mine “What is more wicked, our government making abortion legal, or millions of women choosing to abort their babies?”
      • He answered me: “You know what is even more wicked than that, Christian, a church that is full of pastors, preachers, and teachers that allows this to happen on their watch”.
      • And you know what, he is 100% right!
      • The problem is not that the government makes abortion legal, or any other number of sins legal.
        • The problem is not even that millions of people CHOSE freely to do these sins…
        • No the problem is that we live in a nation full of people who do not serve, and follow, and love Jesus Christ… that we live in a nation full of Christians in name only… but truly a nation of people who are not saved.
  • You want to see the abortion problem go away, you don’t do it by making abortion illegal (even though I support outlawing abortion because I want to live in a nation that upholds holiness in it’s laws)… What you need to do is get people saved!
    • Because truthfully if every woman in America between the ages of 15 and 44 were saved and living on fire for Christ… THEN YOU WOULDENT NEED TO DEFUND PLANED PARENTHOOD… because Planned Parenthood wouldn’t have any clients.
    • If we started seeing revival, if we started seeing men and women saved all over… there would not be a need for Planned Parenthood, because:
      • Women wouldn’t chose to abort their children…
      • Men wouldn’t pressure their girlfriends to kill their children…
      • Families wouldn’t force their daughters to kill the babies inside of them
      • MOREOVER: It wouldn’t even be an issue because young men and women would wait until they were married to have sex!
      • Rapists would repent and stop raping…
      • Fornicators would repent and stop fornicating…
      • There would be a new kind of Plan for Parenthood… God’s plan… where one man and one woman get married, stay married, and have and raise their children as a family!
      • THAT’S HOW WE STOP PLANNED PARENTHOOD! By people being saved!
    • So church the only people we have to blame is ourselves! You can’t blame the world for thinking like the world!
      • They don’t believe like we do, they don’t think like we do, they don’t have the mind of Christ like we do!

Point Two: We MUST have the mind of Christ to understand the wisdom of God

  • Before we move on I want to read the entirety of Today’s Scripture again:

1 Corinthians 2:14-16 ESV  (14)  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.  (15)  The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one.  (16)  “For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.

  • We can’t know the mind of God, we can’t ever instruct Him… He is perfect!
    • And God knows that we have a fleshly worldly mind… so when we get saved God doesn’t sit us down and have us go through a 30 hour seminar on how to think like Him…
      • No instead He gives us the mind of Christ!
        • He gives us His Spirit, the Holy Spirit, inside of us to be our mind for us!
        • And now that we have the mind of Christ we can start to accept spiritual instruction and accept spiritual wisdom, but it is only with and only because we have the Mind of Christ!
    • And thus it is with the world! Man if we want them… if we want the world to understand spiritual wisdom and spiritual truth then they MUST have the mind of Christ!
      • And they only get the mind of Christ through Salvation! Through trusting in Jesus Christ and Him crucified, turning from their sins and turning to Him!
      • There is no lecture, there is no argument, there is nothing but Christ Jesus who can do that for them!
      • And up until the point that they are saved everything we say to them that is Godly other than our testimony is going to be FOOLISHNESS TO THEM!
  • And can I tell you a secret? The world appreciates it when we humble ourselves and admit that what we believe is foolishness to them. The world hates it when we try to act better or smarter then them… but they love it when we just #bethefool and teach Jesus and Him crucified.
    • Let me tell you a story about my friend, let’s call him Pat, who is transgender.
      • I met Pat when I was working in a call center doing tech support for an internet company.
        • The way I met Pat was like this: It was my first day of work, fresh out of a few weeks of training… and on my desk I have my big fat Study Bible.
        • Now Pat worked a different shift then me so he came in halfway through my shift, and as he is walking in he sees my Bible, and me sitting at my desk.
          • Now Pat is a transgender, a man who is attracted to other men, and feels that he is supposed to be a woman… so he was living as a woman at the time.
          • And the first thing that Pat said to me, as he picked up my Bible was: “Does this mean you think I am going to hell”
          • I said “What‽”
          • He said “Well I am gay, I am a transgender, you must believe I am going to hell!”
            • And see Pat thought he was giving me two options:
              • Option one I say “Yes” and thus I am a bigot and hateful.
              • Option two was I say “No” and thus the Bible is wrong and my religion is a sham.
            • Pat didn’t see option 3 coming…
              • Option three was #bethefool
          • I asked Pat “Do you believe in Heaven or Hell?”
            • HE said “Of course not”
            • “Then why do you care what I believe about it, to you it is just a bunch of fairy tales… why does it matter if I believe you are going to a place that is make believe anyway? You don’t believe in any of this stuff man”
            • He goes “So you are not going to tell me I am going to hell?”
            • I said “No man, what good would that do? Why would I force my beliefs down your throat when you clearly don’t believe them?”
        • You see I didn’t act like I was smarter then him, or better then him, I just said “Man, I believe in something completely different then you”.
          • He looked at me deflated and confused… before finally admitting “Man, I never had a Christian say that to me before… that pretty cool”.
        • And you know what, me and Pat became pretty close… and for the rest of our relationship all I ever talked about was Jesus Christ and Him crucified… I never demand he repent, I never called him names or told him where he was going… simply Gospel and Testimony…
        • And he NEVER ONCE got mad at me… he even told me he was the only Christian he could ever talk to…
        • And when things got really hard for Pat, when he was depressed and confused about life, when he was contemplating suicide he came to me, and cried on my shoulder, and poured out to me and me alone… he came to the FOOL for help… because I was the ONLY one who didn’t act smarter, or better, or holier than him. I simply offered my shoulder to cry on, my ear to listen, and my Jesus to save.
  • Folks that’s how we reach the world. #bethefool, preach Christ and Him alone…
    • Because the only way for a homosexual to repent is with the mind of Christ.
    • The only way for the fornicator to repent is with the mind of Christ.
    • The only way for the thief, the adultery, the murderer, the alcoholic, the neglectful and abusive parents to repent is with the mind of Christ.
      • No government program, no church seminar, no law and no advice can lead a man to repentance, it is only the goodness of God who gives us the mind of Christ, and that through salvation.
    • That is why I can boldly say “Homosexual sex is sin, Sex before or outside of marriage is sin, abortion is sin” and yet you will never see me holding a condemning sign up on the street corner, instead you are more likely to see me having coffee with someone steeped in such sin, having a great time, and sharing Christ.
    • That is why I hope to be a church that is friendly to sinners. So that they might hear the gospel and repent from that sin.

Conclusion

  • Now I want to conclude with this church, we, those who are saved, we are without excuse, because we have the mind of Christ:

1 Corinthians 2 15-16 ESV (15)  The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one.  (16)  “For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.

  • This is the contrast of the Christian to the worldly person… we, with the mind of Christ, are to judge all things (Things NOT PEOPLE) and we are to spiritually discern right from wrong.
    • Thus, church, maybe you came into this message pro-choice… have you spiritual discerned that stance, have you used the mind of Christ to come to that conclusion, or have worldly circumstances, emotions, and wisdom influenced that decision?
      • You see part of being the fool is Judging all things spiritually with the mind of Christ.
      • Part of being the fool is abandoning worldly wisdom and accepting Godly wisdom… on ALL things. Not just things of sin, but ALL THINGS.
        • It is why Amanda and I don’t have a credit card… because we don’t believe God wants us to have one… And no matter how many lectures I get from my worldly bankers, no matter how many worldly seminars about “Good Credit” are given, I will refuse that wisdom because unlike the world I have the mind of Christ.
    • I use that wisdom of where to live and how to live, what to teach and how to teach… who to talk to and who to avoid.
    • I use that wisdom when deciding what friends I should have, who’s lives I should poor into, even sometimes something as simple as what restaurant to eat at…
      • Because the Godly person judges ALL things!
  • Tomorrow is Caucusing day here in Iowa, have you judged that with the mind of Christ? I have to be honest with you, I am not voting for who I wanted to vote for originally, I let God mold and shape my opinion… I encourage you to do the same.

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