May 8, 2014
To have knowledge of the Holy One (God / the Most High / the Creator / Jesus / the Holy Spirit) is to possess understanding. (Pr. 9:10) To have this Possession is to have the fear of the Lord, for fearing the One who is the Highest Sovereign, the One who has existed from eternity past, who always has been and will always be –the Great and Awesome “I AM” who brought everything into existence by the Word of His command– is to have wisdom. (same verse) Wisdom, therefore, is supreme in importance. (4:7) Nothing compares. (8:11) It teaches a person to fear the Lord, to shun evil, and how to do both correctly. (1:1-7 // Job 28:28)
How does a person come to possess wisdom, knowledge, understanding, and the fear of the Lord? It happens by listening to and heeding the Word of God. (Pr. 1:5,6 // Rom. 10:17 // 2 Tim. 3:15) No one can do this well, no one can do this in increasing power and truth, if he relies for very long on a human mediator. No matter how Spirit-filled one’s initial mediator is, each person must grow up into consistent faith and maturity, graduate from human schoolmasters, and learn from the Spirit directly. (Gal. 3:23-4:7 // Heb. 6:1 // 1 John 2:27) If a person refuses to leave his elementary attitude, he will be crippling his faith-walk. (Heb. 5:12-14) A crutch is not for the strong, but for the beginners –the weak, the undisciplined, the infants. Coaches and mentors can continue to encourage their former students, but the students cannot remain under their constant instruction or under their counsel forever. There must be a march toward graduation and a time when the trainee steps out on his own, so that, having been adequately equipped, he is actually able and skilled to train others, including himself. (v. 12 // Rom. 2:21 // 1 Tim. 4:7)
When a person graduates from their tutors’ guidance, are they to quit learning? Of course not. They are to continue to learn and train, but to do so directly from the One to whom their tutors were pointing –Christ. (Gal. 3:24) But where has He been revealed? He is in the Word. His Spirit is in the words, for God’s Spirit (God’s Breath) is the One from whom the words originated. (2 Tim. 3:16 // 2 Peter 1:20,21) A person who has been trained in God’s Word by a Spirit-filled teacher should have learned, as he studied, to recognize the Spirit’s voice for himself so that he can now sit directly at Christ’s own feet –the only true and perfect Teacher (Mt. 23:10)– and become like Him. (Luke 6:40 & 10:39-42)
When a person is conforming to Christ, which is God’s will for everyone (Rom. 8:29), he is abiding in Christ and is thus traveling the avenue of wisdom. He is walking the way of knowledge, understanding, and the fear of the Lord. He is on the path of Truth and the road of Life –that Way to eternity with God.
This Way is sought by those who have a fear of the Lord. It is traveled by those who have gained wisdom through the knowledge of the Holy One –that knowledge having come to them through the Spirit of God because they have made the daily choice to meditate on the Word of God for themselves.