From the Beginning

A STORY OF "TIME" by Trevor Topsfield

WISDOM

What is Wisdom?  

Through the creation God’s “Eternal Power” and “Divine Nature” is clearly seen and understood from the things he has made. (Romans 1:19+20) So much so that our response should be to glorify and thank him as both of these attributes are infinitely above and beyond any of our own personal assets. To respond in any other way is contrary to a respectful consideration of God, and his wrath is revealed against those who fail to act appropriately. However there is no pressure applied, so everyone can decide for themselves what they think about God and act accordingly.

While to do the right thing is a wise move, it is only the beginning and “Wisdom” is still a long way away.

To glorify God is a “one of” decision; all this requires is the function of our volition and nothing more. If at any time we recognise God is God, then he is always God to all who think this way and it becomes a fact that never changes.

On the one hand God’s power and nature can only exist because of his perfection and his ability to sustain it.

But on the other our inferiority puts us at odds with God and there appears no way we can bridge the gap. Of course we started out badly from God’s point of view because we inherited our father’s sinfulness of which people have had ever since Adam and Eve ate the fruit from the wrong tree. Not only did Adam and Eve become sinful, they both died at that particular time as the wages of sinfulness (a noun hamartia) are death. This sinfulness and the death entered into the world and were passed onto everyone.

 “we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died”. (2 Corinthians 5-14b)(NIV)

 However on the cross the sinfulness’s of us all was placed on Jesus and he died the death that should have been ours.

“And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again”.  (2 Corinthians 5-15)(NIV)

But with no death penalty coming our way everyone has the righteous life Adam and Eve were created with.

While the penalty was paid the sinfulness remains. This means that we all are sinful through our connection with Adam.

But because Jesus Christ paid the penalty for everyone’s sinfulness, everyone is left with Adam’s righteousness that he had before he died

“So everyone is sinful because of Adam, while everyone has righteousness because of Jesus Christ.”

To take this step further:- Everyone has the righteousness for the Holy Spirit to dwell within them without any compromise to his perfection and he is prepared to be God to every person on the planet.

Everyone has the place for the Spirit to dwell because Christ died the death penalty for everyone’s sinfulness.

So the question remains! Why does this NOT happen in everyone.

The answer is simple. God is not God to everyone.

However for those, to whom God is not God, the Spirit will not dwell within them and take no further part in their lives so that the righteousness they received through the death of Jesus Christ has no advantage as the Spirit is non-existent to them. To ignore God is to ignore any help we might receive from him and we end up staying as we are. Anything less than perfect will compound and multiply until it eventually destroys all it comes in contact with, so to continue as we are ruins any chance of eternal life and enjoying his Eternal Power and Divine nature.

While it was extremely traumatic on the part of Jesus Christ to achieve; the gospel surrounding his death and resurrection, and with God being God it is the simplest concept for us to appropriate, and has the best possible results. If we put these together along with God’s opinion of our failure to live up to his righteousness (because of our sinfulness), then believing in Jesus Christ is the only thing we can do.

Another wise decision, but “Wisdom” is still a way off.

At this point God gives us salvation which includes his Spirit to go with the righteousness everyone has through the death of Jesus. So while (the man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them because they are spiritually discerned.)(1 Corinthians 2:14) (NIV)  So the unbelievers have the righteousness they need for heaven, but they cannot go there as don’t have the Spirit because they have rejected God to be God to them.

The Holy Spirit will have enormous repercussions in eternity; but it has very little dynamics when it is given. Life continues much the same as it did before. The problem is that everyone still has their sinfulness and is accustomed to living sinfully, while in contrast having God’s righteousness and using it through the filling of the Spirit is a foreign concept for everyone when we received it.

In Ephesians Chapter 3 and verse 12; it says how we may approach God with freedom and confidence. Another way of saying the same thing is that we have fellowship with God. A way this expresses itself is that having the righteousness of God means that the Holy Spirit who is God to us can reside in it without any compromise of his character. While this is a permanent option from the time of our salvation, in reality it is not always applied to our lives. It is true that the Holy Spirit dwells within us, but it is also true that if we choose to operate from our sinfulness he will stay within his own limits and the Spirit will take no part in our lives. When this is the case our salvation and the righteousness it brings accompanied with the Holy Spirit has no immediate advantage.

To take advantage of our salvation we need show our respect for God remembering he is God to us as we have seen his power and nature at the beginning. But now our response is to confess or cite our sinfulness as we have recognised this is what we are functioning from. So every time we find ourselves committing a particular sin we realise this is the function of our sinfulness; certainly the Holy Spirit would never had anything to do with it.

As new believers; quite often just doing their best can be mistaken as being in fellowship, but it takes knowledge to understand the difference between the perfection produced by the Holy Spirit and some good works we manage from our sinfulness. Therefore some research needs to be undertaken to recognise the difference between the two.

The fact that we have accepted our failure to stay within his righteousness means with our acknowledgement we have accepted his authority. Once his authority is re-established and God’s righteousness becomes our way of life because of our respect for him. The Holy Spirit is back in control and fellowship with God is restored; the Holy Spirit becomes active in our lives; and the fruits of the Spirit are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. (Galatians 5;22+23)

When this is our way of life our salvation becomes a huge asset here and now.

Are we are getting closer? While fellowship with God is a goal in life, it is not “Wisdom”.

It is one thing to have the righteousness of God; it is another to be wise enough to use it. The sooner we realise we have two alternatives in every situation we face, means that now we can use either the sinfulness we started with or the righteousness that came through the death of Jesus Christ. At this point of our salvation we experience our areas of strength where we are often dogmatic about the right thing havening to be done, then in our areas of weaken we were not as fussy. We need not to be fooled; working with our area of strength has got nothing to do with the Holy Spirit.

However the righteousness of God is perfect which is an absolute and completely different to the way of life we knew before. A way of life we had no idea that it existed, therefore we have to learn it. With a better understanding coupled along with increasing our knowledge, wisdom is getting closer.

The first thing that must be understood is that the righteousness of God will only work in cases where God would normally use his righteousness. If any tries to go against what God would do; then in all these cases it never works as he would be working against himself. Very often it is thought that simply being better is the thing that God wants, but simply being better is not the perfection salvation is designed to produce.

Before we can use our righteousness we need to know what God is up to, what is he doing? Salvation was never designed to make people simply better; it was designed to make us perfect so we can enjoy eternal life with God wherever that might be?

At this point knowledge of God’s purpose needs to be understood, which is a book (The Bible) in itself.

Surely we are getting glimpses of what “Wisdom” might be.

Because I am writing this story; I recommend the information found on my website which is www.from-the-beginng.net.

From The Beginning” Is a book found there and is of just over one hundred pages and tells the story of time. To give it credibility, I have explained the three days of Easter (Friday afternoon till Sunday morning is not 3 days) giving the technical details to understand them.

Also there is a short detailed explanation of what God is achieving in “time”, and the way he will bring it all to an end. The function of the Holy Spirit will always be consistent with the plan of God. Therefore if we are to operate from our righteousness with him taking our knowledge and understanding, then it has to be within the established outcome God has in mind. The Holy Spirit never under any circumstances will ever move outside these goal posts. If then we are to function through our righteousness with the Holy Spirit controlling our lives, we must know the big picture.

“Wisdom” requires truth and the application of it. Everything the Holy Spirit does is within his wisdom. So if we are to function with him controlling our lives, we must know the truth and have the wisdom to function within it.

Just to give an example or two of wisdom.

When the Jews had left Egypt there were certain things that were needed to be made so that all manner of teaching aids taught a myriad of different doctrines the Jews would need to know if they were to successfully be people of God.

Garments of a special design were to become sacred to give Aaron and those who followed him in that role, the dignity and honour of their position.

Because these garments and many other items that were all to illustrate certain aspects of their lives with God, they were unique, and while many were skilled in these areas they did not have the wisdom to do the job as God wanted. So to achieve the tasks God in Exodus chapter 28 and verse 3 gave them the wisdom so they would make them as he wanted.

If there was ever a person who saw the value of wisdom it was Solomon. Sometime after Solomon was established as king over Israel for God had been with him and made him great. Then one night God appeared to Solomon and asked him what he wanted, and he (God) would give it to him.

The answer; Give me wisdom and knowledge. Solomon understood that if he was to govern God’s people he would need to know where it was he needed to lead them.

God answered him and said that seeing it was not wealth, riches or honour you ask for, but rather the wisdom and knowledge to govern my people, then it shall be so. Even though Solomon did not ask for wealth and riches, God gave them to him regardless. (This story is found in 2 Chronicles chapter 1).

When the queen of Sheba went to Jerusalem (as reported in 2 Chronicles chapter 9) to see if all the stories concerning the wisdom and wealth of Solomon were true, but when she saw the palace he had built along with his table, the seating for his officials, the temple of the Lord, and everything else, she was overwhelmed.

She had heard of his greatness and wisdom, but she did not believe it, until she came and saw it with her own eyes.

But what is even more astounding only half of Solomon’s story was ever told her.

So Solomon had it all; everything a man could wish for, Solomon had. However when all it was taken into consideration Solomon had this says;

“Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom.

Though it cost you all you have, get understanding.”  (Proverbs 4:7) (NIV)

Trevor Topsfield

Scripture taken from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION ®

Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. All rights reserved

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