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PF Bulletin: The Wisdom of God

April 9, 2015 by  
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Christians are not alone in seeking wisdom. There are many in the world that spend a lifetime searching for great secrets, and only find unanswered questions. The irony here is that, while men and women travel the world chasing what only amounts to wind, the answers they seek are laid out in plain sight—between the covers of the most circulated book on earth.

Jesus Christ is wisdom. This much is plainly stated in the Word:

–        “For indeed Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.(1 Cor. 1:22-24)

Christ and him crucified is the wisdom of God in the world—that which puts to shame the wisest sage. For thousands of years, this wisdom was shrouded in mystery (Eph. 3:1-7); It was a secret the greatest rulers could not know (1 Cor. 2:6-8). Neither angels, nor the prophets of God fully understood the suffering and subsequent glory of the Christ (1 Pet. 1:10-12). But now, through the Spirit of God, men and women great and small can look and understand the wisdom of God in Jesus Christ!

–        “Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God, which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words.(1 Cor. 2:12-13)

So what does it mean to obtain this wisdom from God?

Knowing Jesus, comprehending the weight of our sin, and obeying the gospel call are natural responses to the wisdom of God. All of these things constitute a changed life, and therein lays the fundamental difference in a Christian’s view of wisdom: being wise is to be like Christ. Therefore, those who have wisdom from above will exhibit specific traits that can be recognized by others.

First and foremost, the wisdom of God puts its confidence in God.  True wisdom is not proud, because it teaches that God has saved us through his son, not by our own righteousness (Rom. 3:21-31). Where is he who boasts in the presence of God’s wisdom? Those with true wisdom are gentle. They make peace among others. They are merciful and forgiving. They obey God, and cannot be moved! (Ja. 3:13-17). All these traits are products of the wisdom of God—traits that Jesus exemplified for us.

Unfortunately, there are those who masquerade about, claiming great wisdom that comes from any number of sources: education, age, experience. Without the love and wisdom of God, these merely wear a mask. Wisdom is not selfish—the wisdom of God cannot cohabitate with selfish ambition (Ja. 3:14-16). True wisdom is not bitter, or sarcastic. Those who speak in anger and sarcasm, even if they are speaking the truth, do not have the wisdom of God.

So let us examine ourselves! Are we being conformed to Jesus? In Him are the answers to the greatest mystery on Earth—that salvation is through faith in Jesus, and that all who are baptized into his death can live eternally with God!

 

Seth Buchanan

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