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Wisdom

We continue to look at those perfections which are ascribed to God as an intelligent spirit. Since God is said to have a “mind” and “understanding” (Rom 11:34; Is 40:28), then the attributes of “knowledge” and “wisdom” go together. We turn to the subject of God’s wisdom. This is a more focused attribute than that of knowledge, since it is the judicious application of knowledge, not only in the choice of the best means, but also in the selection of the best ends and purposes.

Now, no one that believes in the being of a God, can admit the least doubt that He is possessed of consummate and infinite wisdom. An unwise Being cannot be God. Pythagoras says, “No man is wise but God only.” That “with Him is wisdom”, is frequently asserted in the sacred scriptures (Job 12:12,13; Dan 2:20,21). Indeed, if ancient men, having had a large experience of things by their longevity of life, are expected to be wise, then how much more must it be with Him, who is “the ancient of days”? Yea, such wisdom in God must be infinite, for He is from everlasting to everlasting.

(1) He is the only wise God.

No less than three times is God said to be “the only wise God” (Rom 16:27; 1 Tim 1:17; Jude 25). This is a statement of comparison with the creatures, which when measured by the infinite capacity of the Creator, have no wisdom. Take, for instance, the…

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The Divine Wisdom and Foreknowledge of God.

I.—With respect to the Divine Wisdom and Foreknowledge, I shall lay down the following positions:—

Position 1.—God is, and always was so perfectly wise, that nothing ever did, or does, or can elude His knowledge. He knew, from all eternity, not only what He Himself intended to do, but also what He would incline and permit others to do. “Known unto God are all His works from eternity ” (Acts 15:18).

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The Wisdom of God: 1 Corinthians 1:24: “But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.”; Ephesians 3:9-11: “And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: to the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, according to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

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The Wisdom and Knowledge of God: Psalm 139: “O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether. Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it. . .

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Harmony of the Perfections of God: Romans 3:26: “To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.”

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Glory and Grace in the Person of Christ: 2 Corinthians 4:6: “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”

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