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March 4, 2015

Attributes of God – The Wisdom of God

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The Wisdom of God

 

INTRO

 

NT 

Romans 11:33 | Oh, the depths of the riches both of wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out!

 

  • Gk.  Sophia (noun) means: Sophia is a word meaning wisdom. It denotes the capacity to not only understand something (Acts 7:22) but also to act accordingly (Col. 1:9; 4:5). It is the latter that separates wisdom from knowledge.[1]  

 

OT

Psalm 104:24 | LORD, how manifold are Thy works! In wisdom hast thou made them all.

 

  • He. Hokma  (noun) – means: Hokma has a wide variety of meanings, covering both physical skill [e.g. prideful Assyrians – military skill (Isa. 10:13); David led by Sheba (2 Sam. 20:22)] and intellectual wisdom [e.g. understanding (Prb. 10:23); knowledge (Prb. 2:10); life skills (Prb. 13:10);] and the books of Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Songs are sometimes called “Wisdom Literature”. It can be translated as “wisdom, aptitude, experience, good sense, skill.” … By far the most exalted view of wisdom is found in Prov. 8, where hokma is personified in a hymn that links wisdom closely with the Lord God. [2]
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Kregel Dictionary of the Bible & Theology[3]

Wisdom – Insight into reality and living according to truth. … The ultimate pattern for wisdom is God’s wise and righteous prudence. … God has infinite wisdom (Rom. 11:33; cf. Job 28:1-28; Ps. 147:5).

 

WISDOM

 

Wayne Grudem[4]

Wisdom is Communicable – God’s wisdom is communicable to us, but only in a partial way (James 1:5; Proverbs 9:10 – Cf. 1Kings 3:5-15) …it needs to be remembered that God’s wisdom can never be fully shared by us “for the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God [are] unsearchable and … past finding out (Romans 11:33)!” … God’s wisdom means that God always chooses the best goals and the best means to those goals. The definition goes beyond the idea of God knowing all things and specifies that God’s decisions about what he will do are always wise decisions: that is, they always will bring about the best results (from God’s ultimate perspective), and they will bring about those results through the best possible means.

C. D. Cole[5]

Wisdom belongs to God as an intelligent Spirit. It is a more comprehensive attribute than knowledge; it not only supposes knowledge, but directs and uses it in the best manner.

  • Wisdom is perfect in God –
  • An unwise being cannot be the true God. “No man is wise, but God only” [philosopher Pythagoras]. … He [God] is three times called the only wise God (Rom. 16:27; 1 Tim. 1:17; Jude 25).  … His wisdom is unsearchable (Rom. 11:33).
  • Wisdom appears in the decrees of God –
  • God’s purposes and decrees are called His counsels. … God’s counsels are without consultation, and His determinations are without deliberation. Being naturally and infinitely wise, He requires no time to deliberate; no does He need someone with whom to counsel (Rom. 11:34; 1 Cor. 2:16). God’s cunsels are immutable. There is no change necessary, for they were formed in wisdom (James 1:17).
  • The wisdom of God is manifested in creation –
  • We look into the starry heavens and see a marvelous display of wisdom [Psalm 19:1]…. We look upon the earth and everywhere we see design that testifies to the wisdom of God [Psalm 104:24 | O LORD, how manifold are Your works! In wisdom You have made them all. The earth is full of your possessions –]
  • The wisdom of God is seen in providence –
  • This world is not run by capricious chance, nor by cold fate, nor by natural law; it is run by its Maker [Romans 8:28; 11:36].
  • The wisdom of God is displayed in the work of human redemption –
  • Paul says that in our redemption by Christ, God hath abounded toward us in all wisdom (Eph. 1:8).

 

 J. L. Dagg[6]

God is infinitely wise.

Knowledge and wisdom, though often confounded by careless thinks, are different. Wisdom always has respect to action. … It is the out-goings of the mind that wisdom has place, and is concerned in forming our plans and purposes of action. … Wisdom is therefore regarded as consisting in the selection of the best end of action, and the adoption of the best means for the accomplishment of this end. God is infinitely wise, because he selects the best possible end of action. God is infinitely wise, because he adopts the best possible means for the accomplishment of the end which he has in view.  … The wisdom of God is an unfathomable deep.

 

Steven J. Lawson[7]

God always is sovereign. God always is all-powerful. God always is all-wise. God always has the highest end in mind and the best means to obtain the end.

    • Job 12:13 | With Him are wisdom and strength, He has counsel and understanding.
  • Colossians 2:1-3 | … I want … that their [Colossians and Laodiceans] hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and 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, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.  

 

Characteristics of God’s Wisdom

1. Defined:

God is all-wise and that means that His choices always pursue the highest end. The greatest good – the highest purpose – the best means by which to arrive at His purpose for the glory of God and the good of His people.

  • Romans 16:27 | To God, alone wise, be glory through Jesus Christ forever. Amen.

 

2. Displayed:

In Creation – God’s wisdom is displayed in His creating all from nothing – Ex Nihilo. All things work properly and in order (Cf. Job 38:1-41).

 

  • Genesis 1:1 | In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
  • Proverbs 3:19 | The LORD by wisdom founded the earth; by understanding He established the heavens.

 

In Providence – God’s wisdom in displayed in the affairs of men. God directs all things in His providence.

  • Romans 8:28 | All things work for the good of those who love God, called according to His purpose.
  • Proverbs 16:9 | A man’s heart plans his way, but the LORD directs His steps.

 

In Salvation – God’s wisdom is displayed in the salvation of men’s soul.

  • 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 | For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.” Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. … we preach Christ crucified … Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.   
  • Ephesians 1:7-8 | In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence.

 

Closing Thot:

God’s wisdom is awesome … So wise He can even draw a straight line with a crooked stick![8]

John Piper

The death of Christ is the wisdom of God by which the love of God saves sinners from the wrath of God, all the while upholding and demonstrating the righteousness of God in Christ.[9]

[1] Mounce Dict., 793.

[2] Mounce, Dict., 793.

[3] Holloman, 581-582.

[4] Grudem, 193-4.

[5] Cole, 113-117.

[6] Dagg, 86-87.

[7] Lawson, “The Wisdom of God”.

[8] Lawson, “The Wisdom of God”.

[9] Sharon M. Whitey, FB post quote, March 02, 2015.

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