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The Wisdom of God

Wisdom has its beginning with God. Only God the Creator of the earth and of human beings knows how His creations move in different ways. The book of Wisdom or Proverbs expresses that fear or respect of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and that the wisdom of the world is contradictory to God’s.

The Words of God say in 1 Corinthians 1:19-30,

  “For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”

Verse 20,

 “Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?”

verse 21,

  “For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.”

Verse 22,

  “Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom,”

Verse 23,

  “but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles,”

verse 24,

 “but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.”

Verse 25,

 “For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength.”

Verse 26,

 “Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth.”

Verse 27,

  “But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.”

Verse 28,

  “He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are,”

Verse 29,

  “so that no one may boast before him.”

Verse 30,

  “It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.”

Man’s wisdom is from His own mind. But the mind of God is not the mind of man. Let us know the Word of God, Isaiah 55:8,

  “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.”

In man’s wisdom, he does not understand the wisdom of God. This is what the Word of God says, 1 Corinthians 1:21,

 “For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.”

A man to be wise, he must have wisdom from God. How will it come to him? This is what we read in the Word of God, Proverbs 1:7,

 “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.”

  “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.”

In order for man then to be wise, he must receive the wisdom of God, he must forsake his own wisdom and his own mind.

The mind of man has never been under the mind of God according to God’s Word in Romans 8:6-7,

  “For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.”

Verse 7,

  “Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.”

Verse 8,

  “Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God.”

For a man to have wisdom, he must ask from God.James 1:5,

 “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.”

Wisdom that is from God originates from Christ. From God to Christ through the Holy Spirit, 1 Corinthians 1:23,

 “But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;”

Christ is the wisdom of God. The Holy Spirit reveals us the wisdom of God.

1 Corinthians 2:6-7,

 “Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:”

Verse 7,

  “But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:”

Knowing Christ is knowing the wisdom of God. And that wisdom makes us know who the Father and Christ. Then, what Christ did for us and the purpose of Christ for us.

What is the greatest use of godly wisdom? 1 Corinthians 2:4-8.

Verse 4,

  “And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:”

Verse 5,

  “That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.”

Verse 6,

 “Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought.”

Verse 7,

  “But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory.”

Verse 8,

 “Which none of the princes of this world had knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.”

None of the princes of this world knows who Jesus is. Pilate did not know. Let us hear the words of Pilate about Jesus in John 19:5,

  “Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And Pilate saith unto them, Behold the man!”

He said this is the man like the Pharisee and the scribes, John 10:31-33.

 “Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him.”

Verse 32,

  “Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me?”

Verse 33,

  “The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.”

Pilate did not know also who is Jesus, John 19:5.

 “Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And Pilate saith unto them, Behold the man!”

All of the wise men and princess don’t know who really Jesus is. Man and man (taung-tao) – not the Son of God, He came as the Son of Man. Caiaphas was a prince of the world that doesn’t know who is Jesus. In John 18:14,

  “Now Caiaphas was he, which gave counsel to the Jews, that it was expedient that one man should die for the people.” According to Caiaphas, Jesus is the man to die.

Peter knew who Jesus is, Matthew 16:16-17.

 “And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

Verse 17,

  “And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.”

There were so many wise men; great and powerful people but have no assurance of salvation, redemption, forgiveness and eternal life. But in Christ, the wisdom of God that gives us assurance of salvation and eternal life. 1 Corinthians 1:24,

  “But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.”

True wisdom then is the true knowledge not only Jesus as the Man and man but to know that Jesus as the man for He was born of a woman.Galatians 4:4,

 “But when the fullness of the time is come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law.”

But like Peter, he knew who Jesus is in Matthew 16:13-17,

 “When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?”

Verse 14,

  “And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elijah; and others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.”

Verse 15,

  “He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?”

Verse 16,

 “And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

Verse 17,

 “And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.”

Peter has the right knowledge of God and Christ. Christ is the Son of God before He was born to a virgin. Christ is not the Father but He is the Son of God. Matthew 16:15-17.

 “He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?”

Verse 16,

  “And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

Verse 17,

  “And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.”

When you know the wisdom and knowledge of God, you have the assurance of salvation. You are saved already; you are saved from condemnation (Romans 8:1); saved from curse (Galatians 3:13); saved from Satan and fear (Hebrews 2:15) and above all, you have eternal life.

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