Men and women can be brilliant. Most of us know of Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking, each with an intelligence quotient (IQ) nearing 200.
They don’t approach William Sidis with an estimated IQ approaching 300. He started grammar school at age 6 and graduated 7 months later. He entered Harvard at age 11.
Terence Tao received his master’s degree at age 16 with an estimated IQ well over 200.
At 6 months, Kim Ung-Yong could speak and read his native Korean and many foreign languages.
Marilyn Vos Savant has been listed in the Guinness Book of World Records five times as the woman with the highest IQ.
Yet, all man’s achievements pale in comparison to the wisdom of our most high God. Jude 1:8-10 tells us that what man knows in abundance will be his spiritual downfall.
Man will place his hope in what he knows, and in his wisdom, he will attempt to displace that which God has ordained. Jude gives us three specific examples:
Example #1: They look upon their bodies as their own, rather than temples unto the heavenly Father. They are spiritually asleep.
Example #2: Rather than accept God’s Word as truth, they create religions of science or philosophy. They fabricate a false truth.
Example #3: They attempt to bring the cross and those who minister for the cross down to their level. They reject the teachings of Christ.
Jude entreats us to exercise self-restraint, reminding us that Michael the archangel did not rebuke the devil when in dispute over the body of Moses. Rather, he said, “The Lord rebuke you.”
In their natural brilliance, those of the world speak with “wisdom” about things they do not know. Jude tells us that man’s brilliance is what will eventually bring him to ruin.
Spiritual wisdom comes from God, alone, and with it he imbues us with his almighty power. The world will stumble on God’s wisdom. However, when we are filled with the knowledge and power of the Lord, our spiritual IQ will shoot through the roof.
He who is brilliant in the Lord is brilliant, indeed.
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