(Colossians 2:8-10 MSG) Watch out for people who try to dazzle you with big words and intellectual double-talk. They want to drag you off into endless arguments that never amount to anything. They spread their ideas through the empty traditions of human beings and the empty superstitions of spiritual beings. But that’s not the way of Christ. Everything of God gets expressed in him, so you can see and hear him clearly. You don’t need a telescope, a microscope, or a horoscope to realize the fullness of Christ, and the emptiness of the universe without him. When you come to him, that fullness comes together for you, too. His power extends over everything.
It is very common for people to intellectualize Christianity. But no amount of study or discussion can give a person what Christ has to offer. When you come to him, when you open yourself to him, then you’re on the road to understanding how God planned your redemption, and from that premise, you have the foundation to study and discuss the wonders of God’s world.
No matter how intelligent a person considers himself or herself to be, their reasoning is flawed in comparison to the one who created the universe and all it contains. It makes sense to first seek- out this all powerful and loving being we call God. For knowing God is the beginning of wisdom (see Proverbs 9:10). I began to make sense of this life when I surrendered my will to God and received Jesus as my savior. I was given understanding that was unavailable before God gave me his Holy Spirit. Then the words of the Bible became illuminated. The Holy Spirit guided me as I read , and I began to understand God’s truth.
(1 Corinthians 1:20) Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?
Jesus is the source of wisdom and knowledge. It all begins with him. Clear thinking isn’t found in the words of man, but it is found in the words of God’s son. For those who desire to have wisdom and knowledge, you will find them in Jesus.