As we have seen through Ephesians 3:8-10, it was God plan from ages past for His wisdom to be lived out through the Church. We know from Paul’s teaching in 1 Corinthians 14:12, that the Church is made up of individuals who through “one Spirit…were baptized into one body” (14:13). Each individual or member of the body, the Church, cannot think of themselves as independent of any or all the rest of the members in the body. In this analogy, he makes the point that “Because I am not a hand (like someone else), I do not belong to the body…As it is, there are many parts, yet one body” (14:15, 20).
What is the point of this? If the wisdom of God is going to be reflected through the Church to those in the world as a testimony to the truth of the gospel, and “to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 3:10), then your personal life and mine must also be reflecting that wisdom. Where and how do our lives get this wisdom? There are numerous Scriptures that answer this question, but here are a few:
“And he said to man, ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to turn away from evil is understanding.’” (Job 28:28).
“Get wisdom; get insight; do not forget, and do not turn away from the words of my mouth.” (Proverbs 4:5).
“And because of Him [God], you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption,” (1 Corinthians 1:30).
Please focus mainly on that last reference; Christ Jesus is wisdom from God! There is no wisdom of any value except what is in Him! Often, we get caught up seeking wisdom through humans who are just giving their interpretation, rather than going directly to the source of wisdom and asking the Holy Spirit to show us the wisdom in Jesus Christ (John 14:26; 16:12-14). As we submit our minds and hearts to the Holy Spirit, He will “teach us all things and bring to our remembrance all that” Jesus has said to us in His Word. When we receive His teaching and wisdom, it will be reflected in our lives and the world will see, the rulers and authorities will see. What do they see in your life?
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