We have examined some of the evidence related to the importance of the spirit of wisdom in the lives of young people. This is also true for those who are babes in Christ, since Job says that the great men are not always wise neither do the aged understand judgement (Job 32:8). Every believer needs the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Christ to attain understanding of the things of God, to know the hope of his calling, the riches of their inheritance and the exceeding greatness of His power according to Eph 1: 17 – 19. Some examples of the riches of our inheritance can be found in Ephesians 1: 1-14 which teaches the believer that he/she is blessed with all spiritual blessings in Christ (3); we were chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world (4); we were called to be holy and blameless (4b); God adopted us as children (5); we are accepted in the beloved (6); we were redeemed by his blood and forgiven from our sins (7); he has revealed the mystery of His will (9); we have an inheritance in Christ since we are heirs and joint heirs with him (11; Rom 8: 16,17); we are the ones who would bring glory to His name because of His grace (6, 12); we are sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise (13) and the Holy Spirit remains deposited in us as the guarantee of our salvation (14). The spirit of wisdom will teach the believer the word, comparing spiritual things with spiritual (1 Cor 2: 13b). The spirit of wisdom is given for the revelation of the knowledge of Christ so that the believer would become like Him and not just know about Him. This is revealed in the imagery of the scriptures. Paul prayed that Christ would be formed in the Galatians (Gal 4: 19). In other words, he wanted them to become pregnant with Christ, so that they would bring Him forth in His fullness in the same way that a pregnancy progresses from fertilization to full term. A mature believer will therefore reveal Christ through the fruit of the spirit and continue to add to those virtues in greater maturity and wisdom and become productive (Gal 5:22,23; 2 Pet 1: 3-8; Heb 6:1). Other imagery relate to putting on garments. We are to put off the old man and put on the new man. The nature of the old man is contrary to God while the new man manifests as the result of a renewed mind/spiritual regeneration/transformation (Eph 4: 22-32). The fruits of righteousness and true holiness are the evidences of the new man or the spirit of Christ (Eph 4:24). The believer who submits to the discipline of Christ will produce the fruits of righteousness (Heb 12: 5-11). God chastens us through the work of His Spirit in our lives, bringing us into line when we get out of His will, as He did to David when he sinned with Bathsheba. He chastens us through reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness that we might be perfect and thoroughly furnished unto all good works (2 Tim 3:16,17). This reproof, correction and instruction is also administered by those assigned to care for our souls. Paul reproved the Corinthian believers many times, once for divisions in the church over the issue of their spiritual fathers (1 Cor 3: 1-9), for their failure to correct a brother for incest (1 Cor 5: 1-13), another time for taking their brethren to court (1Cor 6: 1-7) and at another for their conduct at the table of the Lord (1 Cor 11: 18-34). On the issue of taking another brother or sister to court, the wisdom of God speaks that it may become necessary as a last recourse when one has done everything possible to resolve the situation and is forced to turn the other party over to the Lord or to Satan (based on the principle in 1 Cor 5 when the old leaven is to be purged out/when the person fails to repent, showing he or she is none of Christ).
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