~ Wisdom Versus Knowledge ~
Part 3 of 4
In the previous Reflection we considered the Biblical definition of wisdom: How Wisdom was personified in the Book of Proverbs and how the New Testament makes it clear that Wisdom is Christ and Christ is Wisdom. The most eloquent of writers, teachers, preachers and intellectuals speak only opinion and perspectives. For any of them to claim they speak the Truth is to participate in the sin that brought Lucifer, the angel of light, down into the dregs of hell: Blasphemy. So understandably, Satan clings to the claim that sustains him with purpose, that he is still the angel of light. That makes him the father of deceit and lies. Along with Wisdom, Christ, only, is the Truth. Jesus never spoke an opinion or pondered the pros and cons of an idea. He spoke Truth because He embodied Truth. "He is the Word, and the Word became flesh."
"You need wisdom to understand the number of the beast!" (Rev. 13:18.) In other words, you need Christ to discern evil. Stealth and deceit are major dynamics of spiritual warfare. To deny the tumultuous war in the lower heavenly realm is to not only deny the proclamations from Genesis to Revelation, it is to assert that light and darkness can co-exist; that Truth and deceit can be partners. Christ had blunt advice for eyes that are blind to spiritual reality: "If your right eye causes you to sin, poke it out and throw it away. It is better to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to end up in hell…Your eyes are like a window for your body. When they are good, you have all the light you need. But when your eyes are bad, everything is dark. If the light inside you is dark, you surely are in the dark." (Matthew 5:29; 6:22-23.) But isn't it "human nature" to cling to that which makes us sin, to that which hinders the full indwelling of the Holy Spirit? It is common among many of us to pray publicly in contrite humility, announcing before God and people how we are truly nothing without Him. Then it is also common for us to take great offense when someone reminds us, through words or malicious acts, that we are nothing apart from our Creator. It is also common for us to teach our children, in the name of "self-esteem", to recite the one word mantra in answer to the question, "Who is the most important person in the whole world?": "Me!" Wrong. The answer is God, our Lord. We are as inconsistent in our spiritual lives as light and darkness. "Me!" is what Satan answered. "Me!" is the battle cry of the armies of night.
Not enough is being taught about the nature and prevalence of spiritual warfare, despite it being one of the major themes throughout the Bible. Many lack the Wisdom and proclaim that a loving God wouldn't permit such evil happenings on this earth. Christ pronounced a critical truth in instructing us to pray for God's will to be done on earth as it is done in heaven. Of course His will is consistently and completely fulfilled in heaven. God is the sole King in His kingdom. But the earth is not His kingdom. Jesus told Pilate He was not of this world. Satan is the prince of this world. And the will of evil can thrive in that which is hole-y rather than holy. Our beliefs, ideas, perceptions, and ways are full of holes rather than holiness. Think of a pin cushion or archery target. The more holes the less substance and integrity. The more openings to the penetration of the outside world. Such a body cannot be filled with the Holy Spirit. Too many leaks. Each hole is a festering place for the incubation of evil. This world is full of such holes, thus Satan rules. We can't do much about this world and where it is headed. We know the prophecies. However, individuals can be redeemed. Individuals can put on the "whole armor of God" that seals those holes in our faith, our beliefs, and our perceptions. The way is through complete and total surrender to God's will. Then there is no room for our will, for ill will, for sick will. Many are afraid that God's will would go against their own and, indeed, history is filled with stories of Godly people who resisted His calling, who were afraid of what He wanted for them. When I find myself harboring that fear, I now ask myself if I am crazy. God is all-knowing, all-powerful; He is Truth and Wisdom Itself. And I worry that His will and mine don't exactly coincide? That is craziness and one of the trenches in which spiritual warfare is fought. So Christ, in His perfect Wisdom, instructed us to pray for God's will to be done on earth, in our lives, as it is done in heaven.
The Lord's followers prayed together and said: "Master, You created heaven and earth, the sea and everything in them. And by the Holy Spirit You spoke to our ancestor David. He was Your servant, and You told him to say, 'Why are all the Gentiles so furious? Why do people make foolish plans? The kings of earth prepare for war, and the rulers join together against the Lord and His Messiah.' Here in Jerusalem, Herod and Pontius Pilate got together with the Gentiles and the people of Israel. They did what You in Your power and wisdom had already decided would happen. Lord, listen to their threats! We are Your servants. So make us brave enough to speak Your message. Show Your mighty power, as we heal people and work miracles and wonders in the Name of your holy Servant Jesus." After they had prayed, the meeting place shook. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and bravely spoke God's message." (Acts 4:24-31.) Amen!
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John S. Hilkevich, Ph.D.
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