It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. (1 Corinthians 1:30)
I pray this message will bring you great comfort today as you rest in the wisdom of the Word. By nature, man’s intellect looks everywhere for wisdom except in the one true place it can be found . . . in our Lord Jesus Christ. And even after man has, by grace through faith, been made right with God, we are still prone to wander in our search for wisdom.
Much like the Christians at Corinth, the Colossians also strayed in their search for wisdom, and the apostle Paul was moved by the Spirit of God to remind them of the all-sufficiency of Christ, “in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge,” so that these young Christians would not be deceived by the “fine-sounding arguments” of men (Colossians 2:3-4).
Now, when Paul said the treasures of wisdom are “hidden” in Christ, don’t misunderstand and think that this wisdom is difficult to find, like some kind of buried treasure that requires a map with an “X” that marks the spot. Rather, what Scripture is telling us is that, for all those who are in Christ, wisdom is available and accessible.
Here is how the great Bible commentator Matthew Henry put it:
The treasures of wisdom are hidden not from us, but for us, in Christ. . . . The world does not understand this truth about the witness of wisdom that is found in Christ. In fact, the world of fallen humanity considers it to be “foolishness” (1 Corinthians 1:23). They have been bewitched by their unbelief. But to those who have placed their trust in Christ alone, wisdom is as available as the air we breathe. It satisfies the deepest mind, the highest intellect, and the strongest constitution, because “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Proverbs 9:10).
Here is the key that unlocks the doorway to cosmic comfort as it relates to the witness of wisdom. Where the world seeks wisdom as some kind of “what,” we seek wisdom as some kind of “Who,” and His name is Jesus Christ.
Job, in all his unimaginable anguish over the loss of his children, his wealth, and his health, never lost sight of where wisdom could be found. He said –
Where then does wisdom come from? Where does understanding dwell? It is hidden from the eyes of every living thing, concealed even from the birds of the air. Destruction and Death say, “Only a rumor of it has reached our ears.” God understands the way to it and he alone knows where it dwells, for he views the ends of the earth and sees everything under the heavens. . . . And he said to man, “The fear of the Lord — that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding.” (Job 28:20-24, 29)
Just as we look to our loving Lord for care and protection and blessing, we are to look for Him for wisdom, for He is “wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.”
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!