Timeless Wisdom, Conservatism, and Progressivism

From Joel McDurmon’s Biblical Logic

Timeless wisdom

The biblical correction of both of these fallacies—Appeals to Progress and to Antiquity—rests in its doctrine of “wisdom.” Wisdom is precious—more valuable than gold, silver, and rubies (Prov. 3:14–15)—not because it is new or ancient, not because it has either evolved afresh or withstood the tests of time, but because it is wisdom, and because it is the gift of knowledge and understanding from God (Prov. 2:6). Biblical wisdom by its very nature allows it to both withstand the tests of time and apply afresh to new challenges.

To argue for something because it is new or because it is old places age above God’s Word. It places a temporal attribute above an eternal one. But all temporal things (all of creation) changes over time. Only the Triune God and His Word do not change (Ps. 102:25–27; Is. 40:8; Mal. 3:6; Matt. 5:18; Luke 16:16–17; Heb. 1:10–12; 13:8; James 1:17; 1 Peter 1:23–25). God’s Wisdom, therefore, is both changeless and timeless: it en- dures from ancient times and yet remains vitally relevant to every modern circumstance. It never changes in content nor fades in relevance. It defies both Progressivism and Conservatism; it exposes both chronological snobberies as fallacies, and corrects both with proper biblical balance.

One more evidence that God has eternity in mind, for those who stand with Him.

God’s redeemed people will need a tool, a way of seeing, that will prove of great value in both raising up new forms of plant life, and in raising up space-based megastructures.

We actually be given both a great tool — wisdom — AND, even better,  a great advisor, a friend and guide — the Holy Spirit — in our journey across eternity.

We will also be able to rely on the Body of Christ — our fellow redeemed companions — to learn from and to teach.

Filled with the Holy Spirit and with Wisdom, we will have access to the entire Trinity – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit – for direction, advice, and purpose forever.

Eternity is a very long time, the future stretching out beyond human imagination… but not beyond Divine sight.

To him that by wisdom made the heavens: for his mercy endureth for ever. – Psalm 136:5

Christ worked with wisdom from the creation, and will work with wisdom into the future, forever.

As He leads the way, we will follow His example.

PS: Interesting, isn’t it, that eternity past is just four thousand or so years back, but eternity future is limitless?

As limitless as the joys and love and grace of the New Heaven and the New Earth…

And as limitless as the pain and grief and regret and powerless, isolated failure of the Lake of Fire.

 Take warning, and choose wisely.


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