Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Christ is Our Wisdom, by His Redemption

3Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding;
4If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures;" (Proverbs 2: 3-4)
Now that we are under the New Covenant, whenever we read about knowledge or wisdom in the Bible, we need to recognize that Jesus is our Wisdom:
"But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:" (1 Corinthians 1: 30)
Now, when we understand that Christ is our Wisdom, we also understand that through His Spirit, we receive all knowledge:
"20But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things." (1 John 2: 20)
"But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him." (1 John 2: 27)
How is this wisdom manifested in our lives, however?
The verses above from Proverbs give us this revelation:
"If you seek her as silver".
Silver in the Bible always speaks of redemption. Here is the first mention of silver in the Bible:
1And Abram went up out of Egypt, he, and his wife, and all that he had, and Lot with him, into the south.
2And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold." (Genesis 13: 1-2)
In this account, Abram leaves Egypt full of the blessings of God, even though he had disobeyed God in going down to Egypt in the first place, and lied about his wife in the process. The grace of God redeems us from all our sins, and brings us to repentance, in that we change our minds and believe what He says about us.
"And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every man child in your generations, he that is born in the house, or bought with money of any stranger, which is not of thy seed." (Genesis 17: 12)
And then:
"And those that are to be redeemed from a month old shalt thou redeem, according to thine estimation, for the money of five shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary, which is twenty gerahs." (Numbers 18: 16)
Silver is always connected with being bought and brought out of danger by another. Nothing could better describe what Jesus did for us at the Cross:
"Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith." (Galatians 3: 13-14)
When we see Jesus as our Redeemer, who has bought us out of sin and death and brought us into His own standing (1 John 4: 17), we will see His wisdom flowing in us.

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