WISDOM
by Pastor Derrick Jackson on January 14th, 2012

Proverbs 8 : 22 – 36  NKJV

22 “The LORD possessed me at the beginning of His way,
Before His works of old.
23 I have been established from everlasting,
From the beginning, before there was ever an earth.
24 When there were no depths I was brought forth,
When there were no fountains abounding with water.
25 Before the mountains were settled,
Before the hills, I was brought forth;
26 While as yet He had not made the earth or the fields,
Or the primal dust of the world.
27 When He prepared the heavens, I was there,
When He drew a circle on the face of the deep,
28 When He established the clouds above,
When He strengthened the fountains of the deep,
29 When He assigned to the sea its limit,
So that the waters would not transgress His command,
When He marked out the foundations of the earth,
30 Then I was beside Him as a master craftsman; [fn2]
And I was daily His delight,
Rejoicing always before Him,
31 Rejoicing in His inhabited world,
And my delight was with the sons of men.

32 “Now therefore, listen to me, my children,
For blessed are those who keep my ways.
33 Hear instruction and be wise,
And do not disdain it.
34 Blessed is the man who listens to me,
Watching daily at my gates,
Waiting at the posts of my doors.
35 For whoever finds me finds life,
And obtains favor from the LORD;
36 But he who sins against me wrongs his own soul;
All those who hate me love death.”

2012 DFC Theme: “The B.E.S.T.” (Growing in God, Fiscally Sound, Spiritually Stable)

WISDOM

God speaks to us today in His Written Word and He says,
I am the Source of Wisdom.
I AM Wisdom.
Wisdom = The Gospel = The Revelation that God has provided salvation for mankind through the expiatory death of the Messiah Yeshua, Jesus Christ.

God IS Wisdom,
Consequently, wisdom is found in God.
Moreover, wisdom is found in Jesus Christ.

As we embark upon our journey in the Wisdom of the Scriptures, God gives us the following tools to take with us on our journey:


1. Christ Jesus became to us wisdom from God.   1 Corinthians 1 : 30
2. All the treasures of wisdom are hidden in Jesus Christ.   Colossians 2 : 3
3. God can give us a divine gift to speak this wisdom.   1 Corinthians 12 : 8
4. This wisdom has opposition.   Colossians 2 : 4 – 10

1 Corinthians 1 : 30  NKJV
30 But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption—

Colossians 2 : 1 – 3  KJV
Col 2:1
For I would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you, and [for] them at Laodicea, and [for] as many as have not seen my face in the flesh;
Col 2:2
That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;
Col 2:3
In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

1 Corinthians 12 : 8  KJV
1Cr 12:8
For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;

Colossians 2 : 4 – 10 NKJV
4 Now this I say lest anyone should deceive you with persuasive words. 5 For though I am absent in the flesh, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ.
6 As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, 7 rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.
8 Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. 9 For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; 10 and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.

Just like Christ, Wisdom is everlasting.

1. Wisdom is Jesus Christ

a. Wisdom, Jesus Christ, was BEFORE Creation.   Proverbs 8 : 22 – 26

Wisdom, Jesus Christ, preceded everything that you can see and cannot see.
Wisdom, Jesus Christ, preceded everything that can and will affect your life.
Nothing is Superior to Wisdom.

b. Wisdom, Jesus Christ, was AT Creation.   Proverbs 8 : 27 – 31

Wisdom, Jesus Christ, made everything that you can see and cannot see.
Proverbs 8 : 30

AS MASTER CRAFTSMAN,
Wisdom, Jesus Christ, made everything that can and will affect your life.
All the Laws of Universe and of Creation are IN GOD.   Proverbs 8 : 27 – 29

AS GOD THE SON,
Wisdom, Jesus Christ, was filled with joy.   Proverbs 8 : 30 – 31
God is overjoyed with mankind when we look like that which He originally created.

Because Wisdom is Jesus Christ, He says, “LISTEN TO ME.”   Proverbs 8 : 32

2. We Follow Wisdom -> We Have Wisdom -> We Have Jesus -> We Have God’s Blessing

The Lord Jesus Christ, WISDOM, says to us:
OBSERVE/FOLLOW In My Course of Action   Proverbs 8 : 32b

HOW?

BE  A LISTENER and Not Just A Hearer   Proverbs 8 : 33  -> “BE”  WISE

WATCHING 

Keep Watch/Stand Guard at the Thresholds   Isaiah 6 : 4
-  The Thresholds are our Ears, Eyes, Mouth.
-  Our Bodies are His Temple, His Dwelling Place.   1 Corinthians 6 : 19

WAITING
Keep Watch/Stand Guard at the Doorposts
-  The Doorposts are Our Hearts   Matthew 12 : 34
- Jesus Stands at the Door and Knocks   Revelation 3 : 20
Revelation 3 : 20
Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.

EMBRACING
Those who follow the wisdom of God have his blessings.
His BLESSINGS = Our Possession
a. We have His Wisdom   Proverbs 8 : 34
b. We Have Life   Proverbs 8 : 35
c. We Have the Lord’s Favor   Proverbs 8 :35
d. We Have Peace   Proverbs 8 : 36

Jesus Christ is God’s Wisdom to Us.


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