“For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him?
But we have the mind of Christ.”
1 Corinthians 2:16
The smile on the teen’s face revealed the intent behind the question. “ Are you wise?”
All in the class waited for my answer. If I said, “ Yes,” I could look prideful to them. If I answered, “No,” then what was the point of believing what’s recorded in James 1:5 where we’re told to ask for wisdom, and God would give it to us liberally.
Isaiah 11:2 reveals the seven Spirits of God – the fulness of God in the Holy Spirit. My last post introduced us to who he is – the Spirit of the Lord. He is God the Holy Spirit who indwelt Jesus Christ and who dwells in every follower of the Lord. He is described as –
“The spirit of wisdom and understanding.”
This spirit of wisdom and understanding is ours vicariously when we are born into God’s family through the work of the Spirit of Christ in us. We have his wisdom at our disposal. We need only ask.
Paul prayed for the Christians of Colosse –
“that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding.” Colossians 1:9
The wisdom of the Lord grows in us as we grow in the knowledge of his will. Understanding happens as we learn to walk in the knowledge. Wisdom knows what. Understanding knows how to apply the what. It is not given to us to puff us up with pride. It is a gift of God –
“For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.” Proverbs 2:6
With the Holy Spirit in us we have the mind of Christ, his wisdom and understanding is there for the having.
Ask as James instructs, so we might understand how to –
- “walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing,
- being fruitful in every good work,
- and increasing in the knowledge of God.” Colossians 1:10
- “And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery,
- which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God who created all things by Jesus Christ:
To the intent that now
unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places
might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,
according to the eternal purpose which he purposed
in Christ Jesus our Lord:”
In answer to the teen’s question, “ Am I wise?” I have the wisdom of Christ in me, as does every follower of Christ. But I am wise only to the extent I have and use the understanding he gives me to correctly apply the wisdom he gives. Sometimes I am. Sometimes I’m not. But like Paul, I keep striving, remembering it is a gift to us who are –
“in Christ Jesus,
who of God is made unto us wisdom,
and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:
That, according as it is written,
He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.”
1 Corinthians 1:30,31
What about you? Are you wise? It is a different question than the one which asks, “Do you have wisdom?”