Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Ephesians 1:8 comments: abounding in all wisdom and prudence

8  Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;

This long sentence continues with the word, “wherein.” From, “…the riches of his grace…he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence…”

A simple point of theology here. There is no wisdom or prudence on earth apart from God in His three distinct parts, as we and the higher animals have three parts, of His soul, God the Father, His body and image, God the Son, and His Spirit, the Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost.

As John Calvin pointed out, if I may paraphrase from his Institutes of the Christian Religion, that no person who doesn’t recognize that all wisdom, prudence, in fact, all things of any nature whatsoever that are good and have a benefit come from Him then that person is incapable of serving or obeying God voluntarily. As soon as you look at something else; your education, your appearance, your intelligence, the government, your spouse, your employer, your pastor, or your church organization as being the source of a beneficent for you then you have committed idolatry and have limited your usefulness to God and the blessings you are able to receive from Him.

Due to the nature of the way our Bible is written, by use of the word, “and,” wisdom and prudence are synonyms. As Proverbs 8:12 says clearly in its personification of wisdom, wisdom and prudence dwell together.

Proverbs 8:12 ¶  I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions.

Wisdom is also a synonym of understanding and knowledge.

Exodus 31:3 And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship,

Prudence is linked to these words through understanding.

2Ch 2:12 Huram said moreover, Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, that made heaven and earth, who hath given to David the king a wise son, endued with prudence and understanding, that might build an house for the LORD, and an house for his kingdom.

Wisdom, prudence, understanding, and knowledge from God’s perspectives are linked together.

Prudence is doing the right thing at the proper time. God’s timing is not ours. We don’t usually appreciate His timing because it is either just in time or what we consider as being too late. But, then our purposes are not His.

Isaiah 55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.        

“Abound,” is the opposite of abase, to be brought low, to have insufficient means to accomplish something.

Philippians 4:12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.

Preachers love to say, “what is he saying?” Well, I love to say, “he means what he said.”

God has abounded toward us with His wisdom and doing the right thing at the right time. “All,” without exception or distinction. There is no deficiency in God’s plan. The deficiency is only in us or our perception of events based on our own perceived self-interest which is based on limited, finite knowledge.

And so, in keeping with the context Jesus Christ came at the right time to do the right thing in the right way and if you think that the “wisdom” of men has anything to say about it then you must realize that God regards the world’s wisdom as foolishness.

1Co 3:19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God….

Jesus Christ, the visible image of the invisible God, His presence, all through Scripture is the ultimate wisdom.
1Corinthians 1:30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom….

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