Biblical Wisdom

This entry is part 255 of 331 in the series Inquiring Minds
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What does the Bible say wisdom is based on?

Wisdom is based on God himself. God is the one with ultimate wisdom. From the foundation of the world God had the wisdom to create out of nothing everything we know and see. Jesus himself is depicted as Wisdom when he is called the Word in John 1:1.

The Word that John references is the foundation of wisdom for the Greeks. Greek philosophers understood the Logos, or the Word, almost as God himself. But since they had multiple gods, they simply had a philosophical version of a monotheistic view.

Wisdom appears throughout the Old and New Testaments. In the Old Testament, wisdom is the successful and godly approach to living life and honoring him. It includes many concepts, such as knowledge, understanding, insight, and a few other disciplines that, put together, equal wisdom.

Wisdom from above as mentioned by James (James 3:13-18) concerns the conduct of Christians. The way we act shows our wisdom or lack thereof. Paul also talks about Jesus as God’s Wisdom (1 Corinthians 1:18-31).

The world also has a wisdom of its own. This earthly wisdom lacks the true sense to give counsel that will actually help a person. Because God designed and created all of creation, he wrote the book, the manual and roadmap, for how to live the way he designed it.

Godly wisdom brings us godly success that makes us fully in the choices we make. His counsel alone provides the proper solutions to all of life’s problems. Only through listening to God through his Word, the Bible, and the Spirit can we please him with the choices and actions we make.

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