And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands? (Mark 6:2)
Wisdom is one of the distinctive features of a spiritual person as in righteousness, peace, joy. These virtues like distinguishing features of male and female natural beings do extricate a Spirit born from a natural born. A natural born is sensual and earthly but a Spirit born is Spiritual and Heavenly. A natural born picks and interprets signs and clues by his natural senses (common senses) but a Spirit born does not walk by sight but the Faith – reliance on Spiritual signals (Praise the Lord) When we become born again, the Bible says “…we are born of the Spirit” (John 3:6). Issued or emerged from the womb of the Spirit. A people or beings “…who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. (John 1:13). The Bible further describes born again beings as a peculiar people, unusual, atypical, unconventional, odd or simply put aliens – not of this earthly terrain but Heavenly. The Kingdom of God therefore is essentially composed of Spirit birthed specie of beings; a people with unique operating system that operates and delivers unique products classified as “out of this World” Praise the Lord!!! This is the backdrop of the astonishment that accompany the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ; the first born among many brethren who are born of the Spirit. He was teaching in the synagogue and many hearing Him perceived authority, life, government and power in His Words. His Words were finely distilled; no one could claim misunderstanding Him, the Words were effectual, piercing and refining. The Words were Truth and redemptive – the people were revived and renewed. Joy filled their soul; they felt released, liberated and unconstrained. These are the elements of the Word of Wisdom; consider how the Bibles describes it; “The words of a [discreet and wise] man’s mouth are like deep waters [plenteous and difficult to fathom], and the fountain of skillful and godly Wisdom is like a gushing stream [sparkling, fresh, pure, and life-giving].” (Prov. 18:4 AMP) Beloved, this is the inheritance of the Saints and their mandate – to be life givers. About them include you and I, the Bible says, “And saviors shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the Lord’s. (Obadiah 1:21). These Saviors are the Saints of the Almighty God who shall establish and enforce the order of His God’s government. This Wisdom manifests itself not only in sparkling, fresh, pure and life-giving Words but also in mighty works. You and I are not only to speak Words but do Works also. Concerning Jesus the Lord, the Bible says, “…mighty works were wrought by His hands” (Mark 6:2)
But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: (1 Cor. 2:7 KJV)
Wisdom is of God. God possesses Wisdom. The Bible says of Wisdom, “The Lord possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old. I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was. When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water. “ Prov 8:22-24 KJV)
God is the source and spring of God. The Bible identifies our God as the only wise God to whom be honor and glory for ever and ever. (1 Tim. 1:17 KJV). Honor and glory always accompany Wisdom. “The wise…”, the Bible says, “…shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools” (Prov. 3:35 KJV). Whenever we walk in the Wisdom of God, Glory is the natural result.
Concerning the source of wisdom, the Bible says, “Where then does wisdom come from? Where does understanding dwell? It is hidden from the eyes of every living thing, concealed even from the birds in the sky. Destruction[b] and Death say, “Only a rumor of it has reached our ears.” God understands the way to it and he alone knows where it dwells, for he views the ends of the earth and sees everything under the heavens. When he established the force of the wind and measured out the waters, when he made a decree for the rain and a path for the thunderstorm, then he looked at wisdom and appraised it; he confirmed it and tested it. And he said to the Human race, “The fear of the Lord—that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding.” (Job 28:20-28 KJV).
Notice the Bible says, “God understands the way to it and he alone knows where it dwells”. This is an important note about the source and spring of wisdom, the Bible further asserts that, “the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.” (Prov. 2:6 KJV) A pointer to the embrace and acquisition of Wisdom. “The Lord giveth wisdom”. As we relate, fellowship and interact closely with the Lord, the more of His nature and virtue we embrace and encounter. Notice also that, “out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.”; The Word of God (…out of his mouth) is the crucible of knowledge and understanding. God does all His works by wisdom and so requires all His Children to walk in Wisdom.
The Wisdom of God is a mystery; unknown and closed to a natural or brute, instinctual person rather it is open to the children of God who are Spirit filled and controlled. This wisdom of God is what God ordained for the promotion and glory of the Saints. It is the Wisdom of God that “makes one blameless and harmless… sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom we shine as lights in the world;” (Phil. 2:15 KJV).
Beloved, let us walk closely and connected with the Lord that we may derive Wisdom “that is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.” (James 3:17 KJV) This wisdom is the Wisdom of God ordained for the glory of the Saints. It is this Wisdom that differentiates the saints from the pack and makes us lead the pack.
Praise the Lord!
Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: Matt. 7:24
Definition is the process of describing the intrinsic quality, element or character of a subject, something or someone. It is the brief and precise statement that clearly and unambiguously states the distinctiveness of a subject. Definition clarifies the fact; it highlights value and imparts understanding. Definition marks distinction, highlight differences and project clarity. When proper definition is gained, the clarity serves decision making and insightful selection. What has often led to bad decision and poor judgment in relation to a subject may often be traced to lack of definition or its inaccurate interpretation. Until one gains clear, unambiguous and definite representation of a subject, it is impossible to come to its in-depth conclusion or attain its reality. Definition is interpretation. It is the interpretation, clarification, explanation, elucidation, illumination of the latent, dominant and covert value of a subject. Consider what the Bible says, “Who is as the wise man? and who knoweth the interpretation of a thing? a man’s wisdom maketh his face to shine, and the boldness of his face shall be changed. (Eccl. 8:1) This backdrop perhaps will help clarify why wisdom is numerously defined and severally described. Wisdom has been so defined in many words, statement and postulations that it is unlikely to gain any clarity about its meaning. Preaching in the Synagogue on a certain Sabbath and many hearing Him, the audience was astonished at the saying of The Lord Jesus and wondered, “…what wisdom is this which is given unto him,…” marking the fact that the Wisdom being displayed by Jesus was quite unlike the wisdom they had understood or defined. The Words, and Works of Jesus Christ had a high dimension of impact and branding that were beyond what they ever knew. The Words and Works of Jesus beating not only their imagination but also their definition…what Jesus was doing could not be defined. They exclaimed; “What Wisdom is this…” What then is Wisdom? The most appropriate glossary to locate the interpretation, clarification, explanation, elucidation, illumination of what Wisdom is must be the compendium of Wisdom itself – The Bible. To seek or meddle for Wisdom anywhere else is to lack the definition of Wisdom. Consider what the Bible says, “the holy scriptures …are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” (2 Tim. 3:15). Now the holy scriptures…are able to make one wise but Wisdom is doing what the holy scriptures says because “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. (2 Tim. 3:16-17) Wisdom is doing what God says!