The secret and hidden wisdom of God (1 Corinthians 1:7)

"But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory." - 1 Corinthians 1:7

I'm told one of the draws to other religions, particularly in the first century was the claim to secret knowledge. Paul plays this card in a couple of places (see Ephesians 1:9 for another example) and I find it interesting given the age we live in.

For one thing it is now the age of the internet. If you want to know the secrets of the masons - which while weird may still be fascinating - you're only a well worded google search away. That is, there is very little I want to know which I don't immediately go and look up. If I'm curious about the ratio of oatmeal to water for breakfast it takes me less than a few seconds to find out. I can do the same to find a list of every move an actor has been in etc...

There is little mystery left in this world but secrets are still fascinating. Mystery is fascinating. We know it's true because of the success of movies like "The Skulls" and "National Treasure." I get a kick out of Paul explaining the faith as a secret and hidden wisdom of God. But the truth is - it IS only be His grace we have any hope of knowing the truth.

When I was in college I found out my library had thousands of books published in the 1800's and before which could be ordered from the archives and delivered. I checked out every book written on the holy spirit from that time and the one I found most fascinating was titled "The Secret Power." Dwight L Moody wrote a book by the same name but this one wasn't by him and I cant remember who it was by. I just know it was published in 1804. The writing was weird and awkward but I was fascinated to read what someone had written on the topic literally 200 years before me.

There is a secret and hidden wisdom which comes from God as a gift to us. It is more fascinating than Chinese medicine, the history or the practices of the masons, and anything else you can imagine because it is truth. Our God has gifted us with something which precludes time. And the coolest part?

We get to personally have a relationship with Him who has seen it all and understands it all.