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"What is God's wisdom - part 2"

I want to start with what Paul said in 2 Tim 3:16-17 — “(16) All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable  for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, (17) that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” Like many people, I use to see this verse in validating the authenticity of the scriptures — the Bible. But then I noticed something from the original Greek text. The first 8 words of our English Bible — “All scripture is given by inspiration of God” — come from only 3 Greek words and not one of those words are a vowel, like the words, “is” and “given” (The English word “GIVEN” is probably connected with the word “INSPIRATION”.) The first few words of this verse literally read, “All scripture divinely given”. What Paul is talking about in these verses is the importance of receiving God’s inspiration in what we read from the Bible.

Inspired scripture is God’s wisdom, because only His wisdom is profitable for these 4 things: “for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness”.

In other words without receiving God’s wisdom — His divine inspiration given from the scriptures — any teaching, or any reproof, or any correction, or any instruction in righteousness, can be misleading. And remember what I showed you last week from Heb 1:2, that God’s divine inspiration is always in reference to Jesus — to the Redemptive work that He’s done. This is why Paul said that God’s wisdom makes the man of God complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work!

what is God’s wisdom? cont.

Now I want to show you in continuing this study this verse in Ecc 10:10 — “If the ax is dull, And one does not sharpen the edge, Then he must use more strength; But wisdom brings success.”

The main reason why believers are still WORKING for Christ instead of RESTING in Him, is because they’re living their lives without God’s wisdom — for His wisdom brings success!

So God’s wisdom is very crucial for our maturity in Christ. So if God’s wisdom is that crucial to my success in growing up into Christ, what exactly is it? Think of a McDonald's cashier that takes your money when you place your order. Most of their cashiers are young kids who desire to make a little money, while they’re at school, or waiting to go back to school. So for “Mickey D's” to simplify your ordering experience, they’ve placed images on the registers, so that the kids will not order the wrong items. This is the same for our lives. If we know the image of what God’s wisdom is, then we’re more likely to walk in it, see Eph 5:15!

So last time we were together, I showed you the first description of God’s wisdom, as being “common sense”. It’s God’s common sense because it belongs to you and every other believer in Christ. Remember that when I use the word SENSE, I’m referring to you knowing something on the inside — you become “intuitively” aware of its reality (No longer is something a promise in your Bible, but it has become a real, personal truth that belongs to you, the meaning of Heb 11:1!)

Then I showed you the second description of God’s wisdom, as being “competent sense”. Because when His wisdom is received, it makes you competent and skilled in the word of Righteousness (If you will, you become armed with the same mind that Jesus had, see 1 Pet 4:1-2)!

This week, I want to show you 2 more descriptions of what God’s wisdom is.

3) God’s wisdom is “collected sense”. This “collection” of awareness of His knowledge is liken unto a storehouse (Like self-storage facilities). Let me give you the image of what I mean and then we’ll further investigate this reality. Look at what is said in Prov 2:6-7 — “(6) For the Lord gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding; (7) He stores up sound wisdom for the upright”. Notice that the Lord — who is now inside of you — “stores up” the sound wisdom that comes from His wisdom, knowledge and understanding. But where is this inner storehouse that He uses? Paul let’s us in on this secret. Look at what he said in Col 2:2 — “(2) that their hearts may be encouraged... attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ”. See, this storehouse where God puts His wisdom — His collected knowledge — is in your heart. And as He does, your heart is encouraged!

Now let’s see this in a little more detail. Look at what Paul said in 1 Cor 2:10, 13 — “(10) But God has revealed them (His promises) to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit (this is not God’s Spirit, but your reborn spirit) searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. (13) These (revealed) things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.” The reason why “the Spirit” of v.10 isn’t God’s Spirit is because it is searching the deep things of God and it doesn’t make sense for God to have to search Himself. But rather, this is your reborn and recreated spirit inside you that is constantly searching the depths of God, in order to deposit those things in your heart. This is the meaning of the words of v.13, “comparing spiritual things with spiritual”. Your reborn spirit does the comparing work of the depths of God and then stores that information in your heart.

Look how Paul also described this inner process of receiving these revealed things of God’s wisdom in Rom 8:27 — “Now He (should be a little ‘h’)  who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.” We search our hearts to KNOW what the spirit put there! Then we come to our beloved verse in v.28 — “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Notice the words of this verse, “all things work together” and compare them with the words of 1 Cor 2:13, “comparing spiritual things with spiritual”, and you see that Paul is talking about the believer knowing God’s wisdom — “collected sense” — which He stores up for the righteous (that’s you in Christ Jesus)!

4) God’s wisdom is “compassionate sense”. This may sound a bit strange, “compassionate sense”, but this dynamic aspect of God’s wisdom empowers one in being sensitive to others. Let me show you this in what was prophesied concerning Jesus and the kind of ministry that He would have on this earth. Look at what is told in Isa 11:2-4 — “(2) The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him (Jesus), The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, The Spirit of counsel and might, The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord. (3) And He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes, Nor decide by the hearing of His ears; (4) But with righteousness He shall judge the poor, And decide with equity for the meek of the earth”. Notice the phrase of v.2, “the spirit of wisdom and understanding”. This anointing of God’s wisdom gave Jesus the right understanding in dealing with people. Look at what else was prophesied in Isa 42:3 about this kind of ministry that He had in dealing with people — “A bruised reed He will not break, And smoking flax He will not quench; He will bring forth justice for truth.” A “bruised reed” represents hurting people, as a “smoking flax” represents people that are “running on fumes”.

The law of the Old Covenant condemned people, but Jesus didn’t! Why? Because He walked with the spirit of wisdom and understanding — “compassionate sense” — and through this, He brought forth what God really desired for people (His truth)!

I’m sure you’re like me, when I look around at what’s being said by spiritual leadership and other believers in our churches, or in media outlets (like Facebook), they could almost be charged with “hate crime”. There’s a great need for this aspect of God’s wisdom.

I like what Paul said in 1 Thess 5:14 about the kind of ministry that we should have in this world — “Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all.” It’s not the “one-size-fits-all” message of warning, but it’s God’s unconditional love that’s seen in the gospel of Jesus Christ! It’s being sensitive to the needs of others. Look at how Jude said basically the same thing in Jude 1:22-23 — “(22) And on some have compassion, making a distinction; (23) but others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire, hating even the garment defiled by the flesh.” The words of v.22, “making a distinction” refers to the compassionate sense of God’s wisdom in dealing with other people.

the final words of this lesson

We just saw 4 descriptions of what God’s wisdom is that’s on the inside of you:

1) common sense

2) competent sense

3) collected sense

4) compassionate sense.

Now look at this amazing verse in 1 Cor 1:30 — “But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption”.

Every aspect of God’s wisdom that I’ve laid out before you is all about the revelation of Jesus Christ and reveals the Redemptive work that He’s done for you and has wrought inside you!

Let me say that again to you another way. All of God’s wisdom today — the wisdom of grace — is about Jesus and nothing else and has to do with 3 areas: 1. Righteousness (what you are in Christ, because of what He did FOR you) 2. Sanctification (who you are in Christ, because of what He’s WROUGHT INSIDE you) and 3. Redemption (what you have in Christ, because of His Redemptive work)!

If there’s any message that you hear outside of these 3 areas of God’s “specialized” wisdom, then it’s not His wisdom, but it’s something else. God’s wisdom makes the Redemptive work of Christ a practical and actual, living reality for your daily life! It provides you the “know-how” of making the Redemptive work of Christ work in your life. Look at what Paul said about this in Phil 2:12-13 — “(12) Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling (sensitivity and submission); (13) for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.” Your obedience to the Lord is a matter of receiving God’s wisdom concerning Jesus’ obedience to Him! Without receiving God’s wisdom, one will think that his obedience is a matter of “working the Word”, instead of it working him.

I hope that you enjoyed this lesson on God’s wisdom as much as I did.

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