Greetings Brethren. There are a few new pieces coming to the page. One piece, Knowing Him and the word Reveal, is almost finished. There are 2 others but for now I will write briefly about wisdom. There are 3 scripture passages we can read. The first:
1st Corinthians 2: 1 When I came to you, brethren, I did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God in lofty words or wisdom. 2 For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 3 And I was with you in weakness and in much fear and trembling; 4 and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.
6 Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away. 7 But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glorification. 8 None of the rulers of this age understood this; for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9 But, as it is written, "What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him," 10 God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. 11 For what person knows a man's thoughts except the spirit of the man which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is from God, that we might understand the gifts bestowed on us by God. 13 And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who possess the Spirit. 14 The unspiritual man does not receive the gifts of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. 15 The spiritual man judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one. 16 "For who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?" But we have the mind of Christ.
I am reminded again of a few things and am being shown some new things. The first part of the chapter, Paul makes a decision not to come to the brethren with lofty words of wisdom, but come to them in weakness, in humility, with the gospel of the crucified Lord and in the power of the Spirit. This was for the brethren not to trust in or put their faith in Paul their leader and teacher, but that their faith would be in God. This is an example of a godly leader.
But Paul goes on to say what wisdom he does bring and for what purpose and he makes a distinction between the so-called wisdom the religious leaders possessed and the true wisdom that is from God. The wisdom of God is secret and hidden. We who have the Spirit of God are taught by the Spirit, the things of God. Spiritual truths are imparted to those who possess the Spirit. There is a separation between those who have the Spirit of God and those who have the spirit of the world. And furthermore there is a separation between those who are mature in Christ and those who are not.
"But, as it is written, "What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him," 10 God has revealed to us through the Spirit.
I have never looked at this verse in its entirety. God has prepared something for those who love Him, and no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor heart of man conceived, meaning that man in his own understanding cannot know and will not know the thoughts of God and what He has planned or prepared. But the verse has a comma before verse 10 begins not a period. "God has revealed to us through the Spirit." Through the Spirit in the Spirit we are taught and gain this secret and hidden wisdom.
Now look at this chapter:
1 "Surely there is a mine for silver, and a place for gold which they refine. 2 Iron is taken out of the earth, and copper is smelted from the ore. 3 Men put an end to darkness, and search out to the farthest bound the ore in gloom and deep darkness. 4 They open shafts in a valley away from where men live; they are forgotten by travelers, they hang afar from men, they swing to and fro. 5 As for the earth, out of it comes bread; but underneath it is turned up as by fire. 6 Its stones are the place of sapphires, and it has dust of gold. 7 "That path no bird of prey knows, and the falcon's eye has not seen it. 8 The proud beasts have not trodden it; the lion has not passed over it. 9 "Man puts his hand to the flinty rock, and overturns mountains by the roots. 10 He cuts out channels in the rocks, and his eye sees every precious thing. 11 He binds up the streams so that they do not trickle, and the thing that is hid he brings forth to light. 12 "But where shall wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding? 13 Man does not know the way to it, and it is not found in the land of the living.
14 The deep says, 'It is not in me,' and the sea says, 'It is not with me.' 15 It cannot be gotten for gold, and silver cannot be weighed as its price. 16 It cannot be valued in the gold of Ophir, in precious onyx or sapphire. 17 Gold and glass cannot equal it, nor can it be exchanged for jewels of fine gold. 18 No mention shall be made of coral or of crystal; the price of wisdom is above pearls. 19 The topaz of Ethiopia cannot compare with it, nor can it be valued in pure gold.
20 "Whence then comes wisdom? And where is the place of understanding? 21 It is hid from the eyes of all living, and concealed from the birds of the air. 22 Abaddon and Death say, 'We have heard a rumor of it with our ears.' 23 "God understands the way to it, and he knows its place. 24 For he looks to the ends of the earth, and sees everything under the heavens. 25 When he gave to the wind its weight, and meted out the waters by measure; 26 when he made a decree for the rain, and a way for the lightning of the thunder; 27 then he saw it and declared it; he established it, and searched it out. 28 And he said to man, 'Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.'"
How do we get wisdom? What is wisdom? It is the fear of the Lord. What is understanding? It is the departure from evil. Wisdom is acquired through faithfulness to God. Wisdom is given and received by the Spirit of God. This hidden and secret wisdom of God cannot be mined or sought after by any human means. Those who seek to understand Daniel or Revelation to John or Ezekiel by figuring out figures and using their minds to piece together what will be, Wisdom and understanding are not gained by this. God's wisdom is revealed to those of the Spirit. To the Seven Churches our Lord calls the brethren to return to their first love, to be faithful and endure, to repent of idolatry and heresy and immorality, to hold fast to what they have, to awaken and strengthen what remains, hold fast, and to buy gold, get garments and buy salve. Either a call to faithfulness or an acknowledgment of faithfulness.
I am beginning to believe that Daniel, Ezekiel, and the Relevation of Jesus Christ cannot be understood. God may choose to reveal the meaning of these things but does He ever promise to? He gives these visions and revelations and in these He reveals some of the meaning but does this mean He has left us the keys to "figure" out the rest? This is an assumption. Daniel was to seal up the book. John was not to seal up the book. Only with God can we know anything. Only in the Spirit can we know anything. We can only be in the Spirit if we receive the Spirit. We can only receive the Spirit if God chooses to reveal His Son Jesus Christ to us. The way to God is God.
James 3:13 Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good life let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. 14 But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. 15 This wisdom is not such as comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, devilish. 16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. 17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, without uncertainty or insincerity. 18 And the harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.
Read this passage and consider how wisdom and faithfulness are in one another. The faithful and wise servant is both faithful and wise. Those who seek to "figure out" things are not walking in faithfulness. If you walk in faithfulness, God will reveal to you, what the unspiritual man can never know.
The Lord bless you in reading this and may the Lord Jesus speak to your heart and remind you of your first love for Him. To be ready for His coming is to be in Him and He in you. Your Wisdom comes from Him, your deeds are prepared beforehand by Him, your ability to see comes from Him. "This was to make us rely, not upon ourselves but upon God who raises the dead."
9 He said, "Go your way, Daniel, for the words are shut up and sealed until the time of the end. 10 Many shall purify themselves, and make themselves white, and be refined; but the wicked shall do wickedly; and none of the wicked shall understand; but those who are wise shall understand.
This scripture in Daniel is making my earlier point and I think it is, in other words, saying "Let the reader understand" or simply the wise will understand.
A Last thought. There seems to be a link between watchfulness and wakefulness, between sleep and death. More Later