Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | November 7, 2016

“But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God”

Today’s devotion comes from Proverbs 2:1-9.

“My son, if you will receive my words
And treasure my commandments within you,
2 Make your ear attentive to wisdom,
Incline your heart to understanding;
3 For if you cry for discernment,
Lift your voice for understanding;
4 If you seek her as silver
And search for her as for hidden treasures;
5 Then you will discern the fear of the Lord
And discover the knowledge of God.
6 For the Lord gives wisdom;
From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.
7 He stores up sound wisdom for the upright;
He is a shield to those who walk in integrity,
8 Guarding the paths of justice,
And He preserves the way of His godly ones.
9 Then you will discern righteousness and justice
And equity and every good course.”   Proverbs 2:1-9.

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“5 A wise man will hear and increase in learning,
And a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel,
6 To understand a proverb and a figure,
The words of the wise and their riddles.”  Proverbs 1:5-6.T

Today’s Scripture is like a riddle in the sense of the foregoing Proverbs 1:6.

One of the definitions of a riddle is “something or someone difficult to understand”.  Merriam-Webster Dictionary –  http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/riddle

On the one hand, it is true that wisdom is valuable as silver or hidden treasure, worthy of diligent search.  Verse 4.

On the other hand, it is also true that the LORD gives wisdom, even stores up wisdom for the upright.  Verses 6-7.

Other doctrine may work hard for wisdom.  Other doctrine may have zeal.  Other doctrine may search the Scriptures as if searching for silver or hidden treasure.  But, other doctrine fails to come to Christ.

“Thus says the Lord, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches;  but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth;  for I delight in these things,” declares the Lord.”  Jeremiah 9:23-24.

“You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life;  it is these that testify about Me;  and you are unwilling to come to Me so that you may have life.”  John 5:39-40.

But, Reformed Doctrine recognizes and teaches what God has done for us, including what Christ has done for us, from “Unconditional Election” to “Limited Atonement” to “Irresistible Grace” to “Preservation of the Saints”, the “U”, “L”, “I”, and “P” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.

“… He preserves the way of His godly ones.”  Verse 8.

Our treasure is Christ.  Our wisdom is Christ.

“… Christ Himself, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”  Colossians 2:2-3.

But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, so that, just as it is written, “Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord.”  1 Corinthians 1:30-31.


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