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May 06, 2017
Wisdom and Understanding
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University of Wisdom and Understanding

Proverbs 8:22

May 7, 2017

Pastor / Teacher Roger Redmond

On this weekend, many graduations exercises were conducted and one was of special interest to me.  My Granddaughter, Haley Winter Redmond, received her under graduated degree from U.T.C as a Latin Honors Candidate.   Congratulations to Haley and to all Graduates.  And best wishes to everyone as they embark on the next chapter of their life.

Life is a School of its own, and each day we are put to the test. At the conclusion of every day, we should receive a passing grade.  Our text book is the Bible and our study guide is the Holy Spirit.  At the Judgment, we will receive our final grade.  We are exhorted by the Word of God to study diligently, 2Ti 2:15  Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. If you deal with your life daily, by taking up your cross and following Christ, you will have no fear at the Judgment Seat of Christ.   

Wisdom demands an Audience

Pro 8:4  Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of man.

In searching to further our education, schools of academic excellences are selected but we find that wisdom and understanding calls all people, Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice?  Proverbs 8:1. And these two subjects are not found in Schools; they are only found with the LORD.  The source of Wisdom and Understanding is Christ, Col 2:3  In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

Regardless of our age, here are three (3) things you must do succeed in the University of life;

1.  Keep learning,  Proverbs 1:5  A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:.

2.  Keep a right mind and a youthful mind, Php 2:5  Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: He had a mind that brought Him into our world to be the Son of Man, our Saviour.

3.  Keep planning for another day. Find something to do for Christ and do it, Col_3:24  Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. Your planning for the future should extend beyond death.  It should include the judgment for it is there each will receive their final grade,  2Co 5:9 -10 Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

It is the fear of the LORD that will cause you to succeed in the University of Life, Pro 1:7  The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.  Pro 1:23  Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.

Wisdom says hear my words, Proverbs 8:6,7, 8ff Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips shall be right things. For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness is an abomination to my lips. All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing froward or perverse in them.

Wisdom received produces eternal fruit,  Proverbs 8: 9-12.  i.e. 8:12  I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions. God's Wisdom should be desired and there is a key to true wisdom ,Pro. 8:12, I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions.  "Prudence is wisdom in practice.  The farther wisdom proceeds in man, the more practical knowledge it gains. Pro. 1:4  To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion. The truly wise person follows the instruction of God's Word.  You Prepare Daily for the Judgment Seat of Christ .  Each of us live a life time regardless of the length of our days.  Therefore, it is most important to make the most of each day.  Luk_9:23  And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. If we do this we are always prepared.

Creation is by God's wisdom and all of His acts are by design.

Wisdom and Understanding exist with only the LORD, Proverbs 8:22ff.

'Strictly, God’s attributes are part of Himself. Yet, to the poetical structure of the whole passage, this commendation of wisdom is entirely consonant. In order, of time all His attributes are coincident and eternal as Himself. But to set forth the importance of wisdom as devising the products of benevolence and power, it is here assigned a precedence. As it has such in divine, so should it be desired in human, affairs"

Jamieson, R., Fausset, A. R., & Brown, D. (1997). Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible (Vol. 1, p. 393). Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

Wisdom is not created; its source is God.  Christ is the Creator, John 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. Col 1:15  Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: Col 1:16  For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: Wisdom is like a spectator admiring the handiwork of Christ.

Creation is by God's design and it is done by His wisdom.  In Titus 1:2 and in 2 Tim. 1: 9,  we see the shape of His plan, In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began; Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,

Wisdom is the Person of Christ

Pro 8:14  Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength.

Christ is the wisdom of God's expression in Redemption, Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; Heb. 1:3.   Col 2:3  In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

From Christ you can own the Eternal , He is the counselor - should we not listen to His advice  Rev. 3:18  I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.  1Co 1:24  But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. You can own this counselIsa 55:1  Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.

Isa 55:2  Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness. You own Him  by believing Him. He pleads with you to believe the sacrifice He made for all the world.  

He said, "I am understanding". He is understanding, and He give understanding.  1Jn 5:20  And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life. Nicodemus did not know whereof he spoke. Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things? John 3:10. Christ is told Nicodemus in John 3: 11 "....We speak that we do know..." He is wisdom and understanding.

He said, "I have strength", Christ is "...the Mighty God...." Isaiah 9:6 .  He is able to save to the uttermost,  Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. Hebrews 7:25.  He is more than able to do all that needs to be done and much more, Eph 3:20  Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,

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