THE DIVINE PHILOSOPHER

Wisdom is to know what really matters and to act accordingly. What matters is not just a question of facts, but the knowledge of meaning of facts. Wisdom asks: What is valuable? What has purpose? What is most important? And, how can I apply or use it rightly?

The Bible testifies that our omnipotent and omniscient God is utterly wise. He alone knows what is most important and what to do about it. God is wise in the highest degree. In fact, God is wisdom.

What does he consider supremely important? What is most valuable in his eyes? What really matters to God as the foundation of wisdom and that guides him in all he does?

First, what matters most to God is himself and his glory.  For this reason, he designated himself as mankind’s great goal and everything he did in creation and does in redemption or will do in restoration is directed to this most valuable purpose. Augustine expressed this concept clearly: “God himself, who is the Author of virtue, shall be our reward. As there is nothing greater or better than God himself, God has promised us himself.”

In his wisdom, therefore, God ordained that we would be “conformed to the image of his Son” (Rom 8:29), “become partakers of the divine nature” (1 Pet 1:4), “establish [our] hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father” (1 Thes 3:13), “raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence” (2 Cor 4:14), and “present [us] blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy” (Jude 1:24).

Second, God never wavers from his original and ultimate end in creation, his “blueprint for the earth.” T. Desmond Alexander said: “Whereas Genesis presents the earth as a potential building site, Revelation describes a finished city. Underlying the construction of this city is the expectation that God will reside within it, sharing its facilities with people from every nation.”

God loves and embodies wisdom. He knows how to apply what really matters to him within creation. He always acts with reference to his glory, his love for mankind, and his earthly tabernacle. He can build whatever he designs and his ideas always produce positive consequences.

In brief, God is wise because he is good, thinks good thoughts, and does good things. This is divine wisdom and this is our God, the divine philosopher.

 

 

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