“For our boasting is this: The testimony that we conducted ourselves in the world in simplicity and Godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom but by the grace of God, and more abundantly toward you.”
– 2 Corinthians 1:12
Our world is constantly searching for knowledge. Growing up in the 21st century, it is so. This doesn’t surprise me as the bible prophesies that in the days leading up to the return of Christ, knowledge will increase. I feel like the rat race of the secular world, that is scrambling for education, knowledge, and human wisdom with the goal of promotion, has crept into the church, corrupting and perverting the truth, and luring young men and women from fulfilling their destiny in the Kingdom, not through power and might, but by God’s Spirit.
As we see in this Text, The apostles conducted themselves by the Grace of God. Most likely like that of Jesus, who only did what he saw the father do, and only spoke what he heard the father speak. Many times, however, we place our treasures in human wisdom, rather than the grace and wisdom of God.
I know myself, personally, though I’ve received three concentrated years of ministry training from two different churches and two different internships, so that I was growing and serving in the local church, I still have not a college degree and sometimes this bothers me. Yet even then it is only insecurity as 2 for. 1:21 says, it is God who has anointed us, and in 3:1-3, Paul shoots down the lofty idea that he would need a record of commendation, or a degree, etc. to preach and minister, but rather, the people, the body Christ, his laboring fruit, is his epistle, his letter of commendation.
And it is so with myself and the grater body of Christ. We need Holy Spirit as our teacher and trust only in God’s grace to diffuse his fragrance through us (2 Cor 2:15-16) knowing that his body, our fruit, is our degree, our approval, our commendation.