1 Corinthians 3:16-23 (KJV)
16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
18 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.
19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.
20 And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.
21 Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours;
22 Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours;
23 And ye are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s.
The greatest battle throughout human history has been the wisdom of man or the wisdom of the world vs. the wisdom of God. Each believer in Christ is the temple of God and the Spirit of God dwells in him.
However, to defile God’s temple is a serious offence against God. Believers are to be a holy temple in which God dwells.
Self-Deception comes with the wisdom of this world. How does this occur in the life of a believer? He pursues the wisdom of this world
Let’s take for example someone who wants to get rich quick. So he participates in gambling or in playing the lottery and he loses but he thinks he can win the next time, and over and over he follows the wisdom of this world and now has an addiction. He becomes entrapped in debt.
Notice 1 Corinthians 3:19 gives us a very vivid picture of what happens to the person who lives according to the wisdom of this world – “He (God) taketh (clenches with a grip) the wise (wisdom of this world) in their own craftiness.” God allows people who follow the wisdom of this world to get caught up in the traps of the world and he clenches his fist and holds them there.
This part of walking according to the wisdom of man or the wisdom of this world is never advertised. Be aware! Everyday is a battle between the wisdom of this world and the wisdom of God. Deception, Defilement, and Entrapment are the results of someone who gives himself to the wisdom of this world. Proverbs 14:12 sums it up well when it says, “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”