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Christ: The Wisdom of God

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2/16/2015 3:58:33 AM
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Christ: The Wisdom of God

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This is a continuation of my article entitled "Jesus Christ Existed Before Abraham".

Mr. Tumbok alleges that the wisdom referred to in the book of Proverbs 8:22 is not Christ.He cited 1 Corinthians 1:30 and hastily concluded that Christ is the wisdom for salvation and redemption only, and not the Wisdom instrumental in the creation of every existing thing.Here are his allegations:

"But to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God" But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God" and righteousness and sanctification and redemption." (Ibid.)

Apostle Paul clearly states that Christ is the power and wisdom of God for us to be sanctified and be redeemed from sin, or God unto salvation. Hence, He is not the wisdom referred to in the Book of Proverbs, which our Lord God used in creating all things.

It was the apostle Paul who personified the wisdom of God as Jesus Christ.

(1 Corinthians 2:6-8)"Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to naught:But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery,even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory."

A careful look at the above cited verses will reveal to us the following facts.

1. Wisdom of God in a mystery

2.The hidden Wisdom ordained by God before the world

3.Which was not known by the princes of this world

Due to these, they crucified the Lord of Glory.

The Wisdom of God being mentioned by Paul here is the Wisdom in a mystery, the hidden Wisdom, which is the Lord of Glory.Remember that this Wisdomwas ordained by God before the World.

Who is the Lord of Glory?James 2:1 says:

"My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons."

It is crystal clear, therefore, that the Wisdom mentioned by Paul who existed and was ordained by God before the world is the Lord Jesus Christ " The Lord of Glory.

It this the same Wisdom being mentioned in the book of Proverbs?

(1 Corinthians 1:24)"But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God."

The apostle Paul said, "The Wisdom of God".A little knowledge of grammar will make us know that there is no other Wisdom because he used the definite article "the".However, Christ is the Wisdom of God to those which are called.No wonder, Tumbok will not understand because he was not called.God calls people into the Church of God and not in any church founded by man.

(1 Corinthians 1:1-2)"Paul called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours""

It is in the Church of God that God calls people which He considers worthy of serving Him.If there are those who do not consider Christ as "the" Wisdom of God, they are the enemies of Christ.

(1 Corinthians 1:23-24)"But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God."

Christ is not the Wisdom of God for those who were not called into the Church of God, but a "stumbling block" and foolishness.Certainly, He is the same Wisdom being mentioned in Proverbs 8:22.

(Proverbs 8:22)"The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old."

The word "possessed" being used by the Wisdom (referring to Christ) is very much apparent in the declaration of John.

(John 1:18)"No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him."

The Wisdom was possessed by the Father in the beginning of His ways, before His works of old.The succeeding verses 23 and 24 prove that He was begotten before anything was made.

(Proverbs 8:23-24)"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."

No other being in the universe was brought forth or begotten of the Father other than the only begotten Son, which was in the beginning, the Wisdom in the bosom of the Father.

(Hebrews 1:5)"For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?"

He is also the Son mentioned in the book of Proverbs, which was with the Father in the creation of everything.

(Proverbs 30:4)"Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? who hath gathered the wind in his fists? who hath bound the waters in a garment? who hath established all the ends of the earth? what is his name, and what is his son"s name, if thou canst tell?"

He is the person to whom God was speaking to, in the creation of man.

(Genesis 1:26)"And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth."

Others conclude (which were always erroneous) that God is speaking to angels; but this is not so.God speaks to someone who has the same image as Him, and there is no other person in the universe or beyond it, that has the exact image of God other than the Son.

(Hebrews 1:1-3)"God who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; 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""

Note that by the Son he made the worlds.The Son is the express image of His person.These reasonings of Saint Paul jive with the preaching of John in his gospel.

(John 1:1-3)"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.The same was in the beginning with God.All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made."

To sum up, that really Jesus Christ is the Wisdom of God being mentioned in the book of Proverbs, let us look at the verses the second time.

(Proverbs 8:22-30)"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.Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth:While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world.When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth:When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep: When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth:Then I was by him,as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him""

I have highlighted in red words and phrases that speak of the time element proving that the Wisdom, which was the Son, pre-existed before He was born of Mary in the form of a man.There is no other Wisdom of God being mentioned in the Bible, other than the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ; the Lord of Glory, the wisdom which God used
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2/16/2015 3:58:44 AM
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(Colossians 1:15-17)"Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 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: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist."

How can something that does not exist be made an instrument in the creation of everything that exists? That is impossible!

(John 1:1-3)"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.The same was in the beginning with God.All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made."

The Son was there in the Creation of everything!Without Him was not anything made that was made!

All these verses prove the pre-existence of the Son before He was born of Mary to be called the Son of Man.He is the Son of God.Our next discussion will deal on the real being (others call it the nature of Christ); but I believe Christ is not part of nature.Who really is Christ?

To be continued"

God Bless.