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The Only Wise God

God displays his incomparable wisdom in unlikely places—like at the Cross and in the church.


The most revolutionary book ever written wasn't Karl Marx's Das Kapital or Mao's Little Red Book or any of that nonsense. The most revolutionary book ever written was the Book of Romans. It has caused revolution upon revolution in the hearts of men and women since the time Paul wrote it. Really it's a testimony of Paul's revolution, of Christ meeting this proud Pharisee, this strutting peacock who thought that he had a corner on God, that his righteousness had earned his way to heaven. Paul has this stunning moment of meeting Jesus and realizing that was all nothing. Paul learns of grace. So in the Book of Romans, Paul documents this incredible thing called the grace of God and how dependent we all are on it. Do you know how dependent you and I are? We were dead. We were enemies of God. We could do nothing about it. And yet God in Christ has acted on our behalf.

Paul takes the entire book of Romans to sum up this amazing story of God's rescue of dead enemies, of which I am one. And he ends Romans with this benediction: "To the only wise God be glory forever in Christ Jesus. Amen." The only wise God, or in the Greek: mono sopho Theo. Paul says that God alone is wise. If you compare the sum of wisdom of anyone, anything, any other god or guru or philosopher and compare it to God and his wisdom, you find they're all nincompoops. God alone is the only one we can actually say is wise. In comparison to God, everything else looks like sheer and utter and bumbling folly.

About ten years ago, Futures magazine did an article in which journalist Lora Lee catalogued some of the most audacious predictions in all of history. Here is a sampling of them. In the year AD 100, the Roman engineer Julius Sextus Frontinus said this: ...

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Mark Buchanan is an Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology at the Ambrose Seminary in Calgary, Alberta, and the author of numerous books including Your Church is too Safe.

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I. The importance of wisdom

II. God's wisdom in the Old Testament—creation and law

III. God's wisdom in the New Testament—the Cross and the church