The Spirit of Wisdom

“Then a shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse, And a branch from his roots will bear fruit. The Spirit of the LORD will rest on Him. The Spirit of the LORD will rest on Him, The spirit of wisdom and understanding, The spirit of counsel and strength, The spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD.” (Isaiah 11:1-2)

In our search of the Seven Spirits of God we will meditate now on the second of the Spirits of God. The Spirit of Wisdom naturally goes together with Understanding, which we will meditate on next week.

The writer of Hebrews brings out an important truth in the Christian faith. “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6) I want to first focus on the phrase in this passage that “he who comes to God must believe that he is.” Do we believe that He is? Do we recognize what He is? If we answer these questions in our minds then we should have a reverent respect for God. This is first and foremost. We cannot profess to believe if we do not know who we believe in. the Purpose of God is to restore man’s fellowship with Him through His Son Jesus Christ. “Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.” (2 Corinthians 5:18) To have fellowship with someone is to learn of them, to be with them, and to serve with them.

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; Fools despise wisdom and instruction.” (Proverbs 1:7) Having a reverent respect for our God is the beginning of knowledge. All knowledge comes from God as He is the Creator. Wisdom is the proper administration of that knowledge that the Lord has given us. As we grow in the knowledge of the Lord we gain from Him the wisdom to use that knowledge for His purpose and glory. This is why it is important to study His Word, pray without ceasing, and not forsake the gathering of likeminded believers. “For wisdom will enter your heart And knowledge will be pleasant to your soul; To deliver you from the way of evil, From the man who speaks perverse things.” (Proverbs 2:10,12)

As we discussed last week the Spirit of the Lord is the Holy Spirit which we receive at conversion. Once we have confessed our need for forgiveness of the sins we have committed and repented, changed directions for the path of our life, changed our way of thinking from the worldly way to the higher thoughts of becoming more like the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ we are equipped with His Spirit. This is a promise from the Word of God, which is truth that we will receive the Spirit of truth. “When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify about Me” (John 15:26)

The first imperative of this gift is that through His Spirit of Truth we will have a Spirit of Wisdom indwelling within us. The Spirit of Wisdom gives the disciple of Christ the supernatural ability to discern and apply the truths of God’s Word. “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him.” (Ephesians 1:17) The followers of Christ are empowered to utilize the commands of God written upon their hearts and guided by their conscience. “For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel After those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws into their minds, And I will write them on their hearts. And I will be their God, And they shall be My people.” (Hebrews 8:10) If we do not suppress the Spirit, then He will guide our conscience in what is right and what is wrong. “For our proud confidence is this: the testimony of our conscience, that in holiness and godly sincerity, not in fleshly wisdom but in the grace of God, we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially toward you.” (2 Corinthians 1:12) The wisdom of God is a hidden mystery from His supernatural intelligence that can only be revealed to us by the Spirit of Truth that He has given us.

The world is filled with men who are seen as having great wisdom. Life in itself gives a man wisdom in the course of his navigation through his journey. But man’s wisdom is small and most times flawed as man is not omniscient and does not know the end form the beginning. Only God rules from the future tense and knows the correct path one should take. The wise of the world may appear to be great in their endeavors but all their thoughts and actions end at the door of departure. If one does not have the all-knowing wisdom that comes from God, then their vision is not eternal and has crippled their perception from the one whose thoughts are far higher than that of any man. (Isaiah 55:8) They may be great men in the world but they lack the wisdom to reach their home in God’s glory.

The wisdom of God is the foundation of the spiritual house that will protect us from the wiles of the Devil along our journey through this world. “By wisdom a house is built, And by understanding it is established.” (Proverbs 24:3) For the Christian it is God’s Word, His wisdom that is our sustenance and nourishment that give us the abundant life. His Word is the life giving bread that we feed upon each and every day. “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4)

It is more than being in a Sunday school class or a life group, spending an hour once a week listening to a preacher delivering God’s message. It is a daily diet of reading, study and meditating upon the Word of God. It is placing the word of God upon our hearts, “My son, keep my words And treasure my commandments within you. Keep my commandments and live, And my teaching as the apple of your eye. Bind them on your fingers; Write them on the tablet of your heart.” (Proverbs 7:1-3) It is not the “Chicken soup for the Soul” but the very inspiration for changing the direction of our life and the ability to cope in a diverse world of darkened avenues. It is the meal that we must have each day to overcome the deception of the evil adversary of our lives. “Your words were found and I ate them, And Your words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart; For I have been called by Your name, O LORD God of hosts.” (Jeremiah 15:16) If the Christian does not digest the Word of God he will be spiritually weak and malnourished and unable to gain the victory through Jesus Christ.

We must remember that without faith it is impossible to please the Lord. (Hebrews 11:6) If we do not know the Word of God to direct that we are to have faith in, then our faith will be motionless. The Word of God is the foundation of our faith. “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.” (Romans 10:17)

We are living in the time of an explosion of knowledge. This is a good thing and I would not want to subtract from the advantage of the knowledge God has given unto man to access so much of the mystery that He has revealed unto us. There is so much knowledge in the world today that who can digest it all. But little of it can give us eternal wisdom that will carry us into the final, eternal age, in the Kingdom of Heaven. It is only knowledge limited to the navigation of a passing world. The truth is that God’s Word was the origin of all knowledge and it is by His Word that we can find everlasting life. If all the knowledge of the world were somehow lost, still, with the Word of God written in our hearts we would have the wisdom to survive the ages. “If Your law had not been my delight, Then I would have perished in my affliction.” (Psalm 119:92)

We live in the age of grace, a time when we have the written Word of God before us and the gift of His Spirit of Truth indwelling within our hearts. The more we study and meditate on God’s written Word the more we will understand His living Word Jesus who lives in our heart. Together though our study and faith we see that God’s Written and living Word grants us the Wisdom of God to live our lives through this world unto the next to soon come. However we will not ever know all as we serve an infinite God. We must remember the wisdom we capture here is just the beginning, it is just the gate, the entrance to a greater understanding. “At the head of the noisy streets she cries out; At the entrance of the gates in the city she utters her sayings.” (Proverbs 1:21) This to me is very exciting. As how can we ever grow weary in our conversation with an All-Knowing God who loves us. “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” (James 1:5)

Thomas N Kirkpatrick

First Baptist Church of Durant, May 3, 2015

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