God’s Word has three distinct ways the word “wisdom” is expressed in the New Testament using the Greek word “sophia.” The previous blog, “P2 Categories of Philosophy,” explored the expression of two of those ways in 1 Corinthians 1:18 thru 2:13. Wisdom, as it is used in the above verses is defining the difference in earthly, or human wisdom (man-centered); and divine, or Godly wisdom (God-centered), presented to us in the Person of Christ Jesus. Referring to 1 Corinthians 1:30: as a Christian, if Jesus is our Righteousness and our Sanctification and our Redemption, then He is also our Wisdom sent to us from God.
Do you live under the influence of human wisdom or Godly wisdom, or a mixture? I am in the mixture class myself as the process of transformation from human to divine wisdom is a progression involving the renewing of my mind to the ways of God. (See Romans 12:1-2)
James, the half-brother to Jesus, addresses another aspect of divine wisdom in James 1:5-6,
“5 If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. 6 But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation ®, copyright © 1996, 2004 by Tyndale Charitable Trust. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers. All rights reserved.
This wisdom is the same word “Sophia,” but from the context you can see is a prayer for wisdom for a specific situation or specific circumstances. James was speaking about trials in this passage and decisions we need to make. God would rather we ask Him in place of seeking it from another sources.
For further study, I reference the follow excerpt: (from The Complete Word Study Dictionary: New Testament © 1992 by AMG International, Inc. Revised Edition, 1993)_
NT:4678 (Strong’s Concordance numbering system)
4678. sophía; gen. sophías, fem. noun from sophós (4680), wise. Wisdom, skill, tact, expertise in any art.
In the NT, it refers to wisdom:
(I) Skill in the affairs of life, practical wisdom, wise management as shown in forming the best plans and selecting the best means, including the idea of sound judgment and good sense (Acts 6:3; 7:10: Col 1:28; 3:16; 4:5). Stóma (4750), mouth, and sophían in Luke 21:15 means wise utterance. (II) In a higher sense, wisdom, deep knowledge, natural and moral insight, learning, science, implying cultivation of mind and enlightened understanding.
(A) Generally (Matt 12:42; Luke 11:31 [cf. 1 Kings 4:30]; Acts 7:22). Implying learned research (Col 2:23); a knowledge of hidden things, of enigmatic and symbolic language (Rev. 13:18; 17:9; Sept.: Job 11:6; Proverbs 1:2; Dan. 1:17).
(B) Specifically of the learning and philosophy current among the Greeks and Romans in the apostolic age intended to draw away the minds of men from divine truth, and which stood in contrast with the simplicity of the gospel; called by Paul sarkike (4559), fleshly, pertaining to the flesh (2 Cor 1:12); the wisdom of the world (1 Cor 1:20ff.; 3:19ff.); of men (1 Cor 2:5); of the wise (1 Cor 1:19); words of man’s wisdom (1 Cor 2:4,13); the world through wisdom (1 Cor 1:21); not in wisdom of words, meaning not with mere philosophy and rhetoric (1 Cor 1:17; 2:1).
(C) In respect to divine things, wisdom, knowledge, insight, deep understanding, represented everywhere as a divine gift, and including the idea of practical application. It is used metonymically for gnosis (1108), knowledge or theoretical knowledge (Matt 13:54; Mark 6:2; Acts 6:10); divine knowledge (Eph 1:8). Sophía stands for divine wisdom, the ability to regulate one’s relationship with God, and is distinct from phrónesis (5428), prudence, the ability to know and deal with people (1 Cor 12:8; Eph 1:17; Col 1:9: 2 Peter 3:15). Specifically of insight imparted from God in respect to the divine counsels (1 Cor 2:6,7). Metonymically of the author and source of this wisdom (1 Cor 1:30). As conjoined with purity of heart and life (James 1:5; 3:13,15,17). See Luke 2:40,52.
(III) The wisdom of God means the divine wisdom, including the ideas of infinite skill, insight, knowledge, purity (Rom 11:33; 1 Cor 1:21,24; Eph 3:10; Col 2:3; Rev 5:12; 7:12). Of the divine wisdom as revealed and manifested in Christ and His gospel (Matt 11:19; Luke 7:35; 11:49).
(IV) Fear, wisdom, generally the knowledge of how to regulate one’s relationship with God, wisdom which is related with goodness. When one is wise unto God, he is phrónimos (5429), prudent with others and knows how to regulate circumstances.
Deriv.: philósophos (5386), philosopher.
Syn.: sœphrosúne (4997), soundness of mind; súnesis (4907), the capacity for reasoning, intelligence, understanding; phrónesis (5428), prudence, moral insight; epínoia (1963), thought.
So, the decision is yours individually as to the resource you use to determine how and who you dedicate your life to, and who you desire to glorify.
- Christ, The Power And Wisdom Of God (bobbyedegbo.wordpress.com)