Christ, Our WisdomBro. David Chancellor
12/15/2002 6:00 PM
1 Corinthians 1:26-31
For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many might, not many noble, are called. But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence. But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.
Not many wise, mighty, or noble were among those called. God chooses ordinary people. God doesn't choose them because they are rich, wise or mighty. God has an interest in a person whether they are weak, despised, considered fools, etc. Whatever we are, we are because of the ability or capability that Christ gives us. When we stand before God, we need to see our littleness. Christ is made wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption to us by God. All these things, Christ is to us. He is this to us so that we can glory in the Lord. We don't glory in our own righteousness, but in the righteousness he has given us. We glory in the purification that he has provided to us. He has been made wisdom to us. Knowledge and wisdom are two separate things. Knowing a lot doesn't make you wise. Wisdom is the correct use of knowledge. It is the application of knowledge to life. It's one thing to know what is in the Bible, and another to have God's Spirit within to help you to apply it.
Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.
Wisdom begins when the fear (respect and worship) of God comes to our hearts. When we are saved from sin, wisdom begins in the heart. God begins to work in the heart of man when the soul is saved. Yet, God wants an increase in the soul. He would plant that in our hearts that will help us to live, walk, and do as he would have us to do.
My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee: So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; Then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding. He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly. He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints. Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path.
When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; Discretion shall preserve thee: To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh forward things; Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness; Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the forwardness of the wicked; Whose ways are crooked, and they forward in their paths: To deliver thee from the strange woman, even from the stranger which flattereth with her words; Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God.
If you want the ability to take God's word and apply it to your life, cry out to God for it. God's not going to dump it on you if you don't ask. The ones at Pentecost were seeking what God promised. Seek after the Spirit of God. He will give the power to live the word of God day after day. Knowledge is good, but application of the knowledge is better. If we cry after wisdom, we can have it. God puts this in us. Some come by wisdom faster than others, because they are seeking it more. If you cry out for wisdom, God gives it. Wisdom provides something to us. Wisdom gives a desire for knowledge. Knowledge is that which wisdom applies. Discretion and understanding begin to work. Wisdom delivers from some things. Wisdom should give the ability to stand in a wicked world. It will deliver from the pull of the world. God can give the victory over the world. Wisdom comes to deliver and to translate your life into that which God wants, rather than what the world wants.
Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.
What qualities come with the wisdom that comes from God? Meekness goes with wisdom. The wisdom of the world has envy and strife. Eve entered into the wisdom of the world when she disobeyed God, and it brought envying and strife. One who has worldly wisdom won't be saved because his confidence is in himself. There is something that comes from God that brings good works and not evil ones. Worldly wisdom tries to see "who knows the most." Knowledge isn't what matters. It isn't how much you can cram into your head. Do you understand the Bible? Is envying or strife still there? Jesus knew a lot, but he said, "It's just God at work..." God can do this for anyone. The wisdom that Christ is to us is pure. It's not mixed up with a bunch of stuff, but takes what God says like he said it. The wisdom of God is peaceable. It desires to get along with God, and with others. We shouldn't be out picking a fight. The wisdom of God isn't out trying to find a lawyer. This wisdom is gentle. It will produce gentleness in you. Serving God isn't meant to be hard. We wouldn't want to be hard on anyone. Men of God should be gentlemen. "Easy to be intreated" or challenged. The wisdom from above can be challenged. It's easy to be begged, pleaded and asked to be explained. Be ready to give an answer. Can you handle questions easily and gracefully? We need to work with others to help them to understand, rather than criticize. We should be easy for people to speak to. "...full of mercy and good fruits..." Men's wisdom leaves mercy out. The wisdom from above shows mercy to others. The good fruits and mercy go together. Mercy would help out. When people are lacking or coming short, mercy will help to build up and to strengthen. "... without partiality..." There's a lot of partiality in this world. Partiality differentiates between people. Can you be merciful to someone who's not your special friend? "... without hypocrisy..." Hypocrisy is not exactly being what you are. God wouldn't have us to pretend to be one way when we are really another way. A child of God with God's wisdom, is not a hypocrite.
This is what Christ becomes to us. We are what we are because Christ has made us that way. This is the description of what a saint should be. This is the life God intended that we should live. Are we making excuse for things our lives that shouldn't be there? The qualities given here are associated with a saint. These qualities can be worked in the heart of man before he reaches heaven. You can have these qualities if Christ is allowed to be them to you and for you. Cry out to God that these qualities be imparted to you. These qualities come from God.
My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
When test and trials come, keep joy in your heart. These trials build the qualities in you to endure. It will make you complete (perfect). God can do a complete work in the heart of man. This work cleanses the heart and the nature. He can make you complete. What is needed is what was provided when Christ said, "it is finished." If you are lacking, cry after the qualities that are needed. Cry out to God for wisdom and for help. He gives to all liberally. There's no one left out. God has it for every soul. He wants each one to have the very fruits of the Spirit in the soul. If any lacks, let him ask. A pretend walk with God is no walk at all. Ask God and believe he has it for you, too. God will provide you with whatever you need in your soul.