43. Knowledge and Wisdom

The End Time Men
W.W. Fischer
Scriptures Referenced in This Chapter:
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Psa. 19:7 π Prov. 2:6 π Prov. 9:10 π Prov. 11:2 π Eccl. 1:8 π Hos. 4:7 π Jn. 2:23-24 π Jn. 5:30 π Rom. 10:2 π 2 Tim. 3:7

The deepest knowledge and wisdom we can possess is the same knowledge that Jesus had concerning God and also His obedience to the will of the Father. Jesus, being our primary example, said, “Not My own will but the will of the Father...” ( Jn. 5:30 ) This reveals a trust and faith that is not popular in contemporary Christian circles. The reason is that the cost is too great. ( Eccl. 1:8 : “...in much wisdom is much grief”; top) It will cost us everything, but we gain Jesus, in all His fullness. Most today have put the knowledge of the Scripture ahead of the knowledge of Jesus and the Father. We feel we can qualify knowledge by knowing Scripture, but refuse to totally surrender to the Author of these Scriptures - what a dilemma. The result within the body of Christ is a collision of kingdoms: man’s kingdom versus God's Kingdom.

So what we have is human intellectual wisdom, based on Scripture but unable to be truly fulfilled because we will not deny self so His perfect will will be done. Man’s ego insists on intellectually trusting his own intellect, while neglecting the possibility that God has a better plan. We can have Christian zeal, but not according to God’s wisdom and knowledge. ( Rom. 10:2 ) The Scripture says that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge and wisdom. This fear is the awesome fear of displeasing God and being rejected from His presence and His perfect plan. Further, it says that in God and Jesus are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. However, today’s Christians cannot relate to fearing God. Fear of any type is rebuked as a deterrent to the receiving of miracles and signs and prosperity from God. Scripture says that “many believed in His name when they saw the miracles which He did, but Jesus did not commit Himself unto them because He knew all men.” ( Jn. 2:23-24; top ) Jesus could read their hearts and saw they were interested in this power but not in surrendering to the source of the power.

The Pharisees specialized in asking for a sign from heaven, which exposed their fleshly desires. They were interested in the power, but never asked, “How do we surrender ourselves to know the knowledge and wisdom of God and thereby be used by God?” (They wanted to use God.) Can we expect God to minister to the gratification of our selfish pride by our demanding how and when God should bless us? “The more they increased and multiplied in prosperity and power, the more they sinned against Me.” ( Hos. 4:7 Amp.; top)

So in the Father and Jesus are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. ( “Wisdom is the fear of the Lord and the knowledge of the Holy is understanding.” - Prov. 9:10 ) They are hid until man’s ego and intellectually religious pride submit to Almighty God's holy will. Then it is fulfilled, “...with the lowly is wisdom” ( Prov. 11:2 ) and “...making wise the simple.” ( Psa. 19:7; top )

“For the Lord gives wisdom, out of His mouth comes knowledge and understanding.” ( Prov. 2:6 ) “Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” ( 2 Tim. 3:7; top )

42. Teachings π 44. Flesh
The End Time Men

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