The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible1 Corinthians 2:6
Howbeit we speak wisdom…
Though the wise philosophers
among the Gentiles accounted the Gospel foolishness; and though the
apostle, by an ironical concession, had called the ministry of it
the foolishness of preaching, and the foolishness of God, and had
thought best, for wise reasons, to deliver it in a plain and simple
manner, without the embellishments of human wisdom; yet he
vindicates it from the charge of folly: it was not folly, but
wisdom, which he and his fellow ministers preached, and that of the
highest kind, as appears from what follows. Though it was not
esteemed so by all men, yet
them that are perfect;
adult, at age, opposed to babes and
children; such who have their understandings enlightened by the spirit
of wisdom and revelation; who have their senses exercised to discern
between divine and human wisdom; and who are perfect in a comparative
sense, having more spiritual knowledge and understanding than others;
for none, in the present state of things, are absolutely perfect in
knowledge; they that know most, know but in part: now to such the
Gospel and the doctrines of it appear to be the highest wisdom; for the
apostle's sense is not that he and other Gospel ministers preached the
more sublime doctrines of it to a select set of persons that had more
judgment and a better understanding of things than others: if this
could be thought to be the apostle's meaning, he might be supposed to
allude to a custom among the Jews, not to deliver the sublime things of
the law, but to persons so and so qualified.
``Says R. Ame F18, they do not deliver the secrets of the
law, but to him who has the five things or characters in
(Isaiah 3:3) ''
So they did not suffer the first chapter of Genesis and the visions
of Ezekiel to be read until thirty years of age F19; and from them
the Pythagoreans took their notion of not declaring their mysteries
but to (teleioi) , "perfect ones", the word here used F20; but the
apostle's sense is, that to such that were perfect, and even to
everyone that had the least degree of spiritual knowledge, the
Gospel was wisdom. Some refer this clause not to persons, but
things; and so the Arabic version reads it, "we speak wisdom
concerning things that are perfect"; as the things of the Gospel
are, such as a plenteous redemption, perfect righteousness, full
pardon, plenary satisfaction, and complete salvation and happiness:
yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world,
that come to nought:
meaning not the idolatry, superstition, curious
and magic arts introduced by demons, which principalities and
powers, with all their works, are spoiled and destroyed by Christ;
but either the political wisdom and crafty schemes of the civil
governors of the world, against Christ and his Gospel, who were by
this time most, if not all of them, dead; or the vain philosophy of
the wise and learned among the Gentiles, who every day were less and
less in vogue, through the quick and powerful spread of the Gospel;
or rather the highest pitch of wisdom and knowledge in divine
things, which the doctors and Rabbins among the Jews attained to in
the age before the Messiah's coming; called "this world" in
distinction from the times of the Messiah, which in Jewish language
was, "the world to come", as Dr. Lightfoot observes; who with all
their wisdom were confounded and brought to nought by the superior
wisdom of the Gospel.
F18 T. Bab. Chagiga, fol. 13. 1.
F19 Hieron. prefat. in Ezekiel & ad Paulin. Tom. III. fol. 3. 2.
F20 Hierocles in Pythag. Carmin. p. 302.
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