The Nature of Logic and λόγος

Anyone who wants to know how to learn from experience and how to live life would have to be directed to Logic. The term comes from the Ancient Greek word: λόγος (a noun), which itself is derived from the verb: λέγω, meaning to lay forth. So the noun, λόγος, means that which is laid forth and is commonly translated as word. So, also, Logic can refer to a discipline of description, but it is also what is inherent and intrinsic to that which is created, holding it together and determining the way it should be and the way it should interact within its own parts – I am talking here of Creation and clearly referring to John 1. Logic and λόγος do not refer to that which is created, but to He who holds it together and defines the correct way for the parts of the Creation to interact.

Logic: the Actual Experience of Experience

Logic has two parts, the descriptive discipline and the way Logic actually is within the nature of the Universe. So Logic is actually the experience of experience, while the discipline of Logic is the description of the experience of experience. And the tools Logic uses to communicate with are: Mathematics and Language, however, Theology may arguably be included as an essential tool. All three have been hijacked by the enemy for ulterior motives, so let us not discount it on that basis. Otherwise, we would have to do the same with every tool.

In the article Doing Business in the Moment vs in the Task, is the description of the experience of Time as an experience. So when we talk about the nature of our experience of Time, we must concede to actual Logic for answers, using Mathematics, Language, and Theology.

Comparison of Colossians 2 and John 1

Christ the Experience of Experience as it Actually is

The Logic we are referring to here is not the Logic of speculation, though, that you might find taught at universities, where their darkness conceals the illumination of Christ (Jn 1:5; 3:19-21). The Logic that John says created all things and through whom nothing that exists exists (Jn 1:3), He is the experience of experience, as things actually are and how they are in their presentation and interaction as we engage with them (observation being a kind of passive pretense of engagement, a crude sibling of active engagement and learning through this engagement).

Christ – Wisdom, Knowledge, Glory, Grace, Truth of God

In Christ are hidden all the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God (Co 2:3) and John testifies to these as well when he says “we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth” (Jn 1:14) and “of His fulness we have all received, and grace for grace” (Jn 1:16) and “grace and truth came through Jesus Christ’ (Jn 1:17b) and finally, “No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him” (Jn 1:18). Remember that John is telling us about the λόγος, which became flesh in the man of Jesus Christ, and tented among us for a time.

Logic – not the Principles of the World Alone

But this Logic is not about the basic principles of the world, which are useless by themselves. And in fact, that was John’s point, just as Paul makes it in Colossians 2:8-10. In Christ, the λόγος, dwells all the fullness of the Godhead, bodily (Co 2:9, Jn 1:1, 14), not in the principles of the world, but in Christ who gives all things their existence every moment (Jn 2:3) and who defines the correct ways in which they should relate to each other (Jn 1:4-5) – not that they must, but that they should (Jn 1:10-11). But as Paul says, so John says also, that you are complete in Christ, who is the head of all principality and power (Co 2:10, Jn 1:12-13).

Paul Discounts WORLDLY Rational Thought

Some of you may say that Paul discounted rational thought in 1 Co 1: 19-25, but you start too late and you end too soon to understand the full force of that passage. The result is misapplying Paul’s words to make those who are wise because of Christ seem useless and the lazy in Christ seem as if they were somehow magically wise, while being devoid of the wisdom that comes from the treasures of Christ. The passage is criticizing the wise of the world, not the wise in Christ.

Let us start where we should: 1Co 1:17-4:21 and keep in mind that Paul is arguing against sectarianism based on any person, whether because of their teachings, their personalities, or accomplishments. This is the point of the passages about wisdom that continue even in 1 Co 3:18-4:21. When you read the entire passage of 4 chapters, then you see the real thrust of Paul’s message. It is not saying that there is no wisdom or that we should not think. It does not criticize those who have intellectual power and use it for the Kingdom of God. It does not turn a man who scorns thinking seriously on the precious riches of God found in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ into some king above all believers. No! On the contrary! Paul is deriding those who try to bring in the worldly wisdom that was taught by men and that are valued by men. These are vain philosophies, as he calls them in Colossians (Co 2:2:8).

To preach the cross of Christ and Him crucified does not require passing any college entrance exam. It requires listening to the Spirit of God, Who probes the deep thoughts of God. But make no mistake! These are indeed deep thoughts, and far deeper than you ever imagined. What is more terrifying is that in contrast with the futile, vain, powerless thoughts of men, God’s deep thoughts have a fearsome power that shakes your soul to its core!

Parables Prove God Values Godly Experiential Logic

Do you think that these treasures are so easy to come by or that God spills them out for the world to see? Why then did our Lord speak in parables? As He Himself said, “And saying to them, ‘To you the mystery of the kingdom of God has been given to know; to those, however, who are  outside, all things come to pass in parables. That looking at, they look at and not experience; and listening to, they might listen to and not show their understanding as they go; nowhere even they might turn suddenly and send off their sins.'” (Mk 4:11-12). The term παραβολή itself comes from παρά (alongside) and βάλλω (to cast). This explains also why Jesus told the Disciples when He called them “Come follow me and I will make you fishers of men” (Mt 4:19; Mk 1:17). For later, after the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, when the Disciples were in the boat on the lake, and it is written, “Moreover, he said to them, ‘Cast to the right side of the boat the net and you will find.’ Therefore, they cast and were unable to haul in due to the plethora of fish” (Jn 21:6). The casting by parables is like the casting of a net and catching some fish, but not all. And this is what the wisdom of God in Christ does. Some people misunderstand and misapply.