By Living In Christ We Possess God’s Wisdom
February 20, 2016
Let’s ask along with Job, “Where does wisdom come from? Where does understanding dwell? Where can wisdom be found?” (Job 28:12,20) Truly, “Man does not comprehend its worth” (v. 13) though “the price of wisdom is beyond rubies.” (v. 18) But wait! “God understands the way to it.” (v. 23) Yes, “He alone knows where it dwells.” (Same verse) Then we know what to do to possess it! Don’t we?
We do, for God has revealed the secret through His Word and Spirit. (1 Cor. ch. 2) He tells us it is in Christ (1:24,30) –who is the Word (John 1:1,14), the Truth (14:6), and the Spirit. (2 Cor. 3:17) He tells us it is by requesting it and then walking in righteous conduct (Ja. 1:5-8, 3:13-18) –which we do by walking under the full control of God’s Spirit. (Rom. 8:9 // Gal. 5:16,24,25)
Indeed, if we have been baptized with Christ, we are living a new life (Rom. 6:1-7) in which our spirit has been (and by our continual choice of submission, continues to be) cleansed, clothed, and saturated by His Spirit (13:14 // Gal. 3:27) so that, in actuality –measurable and obvious– we are eager and able to meet the moral requirements that have been laid down for us by the Almighty Holy God. (Rom. 8:4 // 1 John 5:3,4) Thus we are taught and understand: If we are in Christ, we will be fearing God and rejecting unbelief, rebellion, disobedience, sin, and all evil. (Phil. 2:12-16 // Heb. 3:12, 4:11, 10:26-39) That is wisdom. (Job 28:28) That is understanding. (Same verse)
Let’s understand the Truth: If we are in Christ, we have been set free from sin and its slavery and have been freed up to walk in righteousness, holiness, and eternal life. (Rom. 6:15-23) This walk can also be called “The Walk of Wisdom”. For as 1 Cor. 1:30 tells us, “Moreover, out of Him [out from God / because of God] you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God –that is [consisting of], our righteousness, holiness, and redemption.” By being in Christ, we possess, along with all else that is and belongs to Christ, God’s wisdom, which enables us to walk in the will of God, which then results in our salvation. (Same verse // Rom. 6:22 // See also Mt. 7:21 and 1 John 2:17) Thus by the Spirit we can understand all “that God has freely given us” (2:12b) in Christ, through whom we possess the power and wisdom of God (1:24), “spiritual truths” (2:13), and His own mind! (v. 16)
So, “Where does wisdom come from?” It comes from God. “Where does understanding dwell?” It dwells in God / Christ / the Holy Spirit. “Where can we find wisdom?” We find it and possess it by being full of the Spirit of Christ who comes from, and is, God. (Acts 6:3 // 1 Cor. 2:12a)
But do we comprehend wisdom’s worth? If we do, even slightly, we will seek diligently to keep ourselves full of the Spirit of Him who has become for us the wisdom of God.