• Michael Haldas

Wisdom (2)

“Most people think of faith and spirituality as consisting of doctrinal beliefs, moral behavior, and spiritual experience. So when thinking of God giving us a “moral compass,” they imagine a set of ethical rules and regulations, a kind of divine instruction manual from God for life. And it is certainly true that in the Bible Christians receive many practical ethical principles for how to live and many boundary markers showing us what behavior we must completely avoid. If that were all God provided us, it would be helpful, but insufficient. Because there is a whole category missing—wisdom.” (Pastor Timothy Keller)

“Wisdom comes from knowledge. This statement understood through human logic and reasoning means simply the more you learn, the more you amass knowledge, the more you know. This has to do more with information and intelligence than real wisdom. This statement understood spiritually, and correctly, means that we understand “knowing” more as an intimate relationship. This intimate relationship is with Wisdom Himself, Christ, the Logos, the rationale principle of all of creation. Through our relationship with Christ we gain true knowledge and discernment which is wisdom.” (Sacramental Living Blog)

“…knowledge suggests an intimate understanding based on a relationship with a person…In our closest relationships, there is a kind of knowing that transcends just knowing about someone. This kind of intimacy goes to the heart of what it means to be in communion.” (Foundation Study Bible, Philippians 1:9, Father Barnabas Powell)

“Wisdom [Christ] speaks to every human being… If they obey Wisdom out of love for Him, He will give them astuteness (Proverbs 8:5, 6). Astuteness is the crown of the virtues (Proverbs 14:25)…Everything necessary for our salvation is contained in the perfection of discernment which is embodied in Christ.” (Orthodox Study Bible, Proverbs 8:4-6, Wisdom of Solomon 6:15)

“Wisdom imparts wisdom – an intelligence and understanding far superior to the knowledge or so-called “wisdom” of this world (1 Cor 1:30). As Wisdom within, Christ will transform us into the righteous who have the ability to distill wisdom and grace, and to attain humility and light (Prv 10:32-3; 11:2; 13:9).” (Dynamis 1/3/2019)

"We understand that the Wisdom in today’s passage (Proverbs 8:22-30) – and throughout Holy Scripture – is the very Person of Christ our God.” (OCPM 3/13/2017)

“Wisdom is inherent in all of creation (Genesis 1 and John 1, Proverbs 8:22-30). Wisdom is Christ Himself. Creation is the work of the Father, who made all things through Wisdom, the Son, and by the Spirit. Creation is the work of the Holy Trinity and it is imbued with Wisdom. Here is a simple takeaway from this deep theology. We don’t become wise through human knowledge. We become wise through union with Christ and then we become knowing instead of simply knowledgeable.” (Sacramental Living Blog)

"...human reason has been corrupted since the fall of man; therefore, it must be submitted to faith and revelation and thus raised up to a higher level." (Father Seraphim Rose)

“Wisdom is rooted in knowing and revering the God who has revealed himself in Christ through the Scriptures. We find wisdom in the Bible, in creation and the ongoing work of the Holy Spirit, in the practices and traditions of the church, and in our service to others.” (David Kinnaman)

“A Christian receives divine wisdom in three ways: by the commandments, teachings, and faith. The commandments free the mind from passions. Teachings lead it to true knowledge of nature. Faith leads to the contemplation of the Holy Trinity." (St. Maximus the Confessor)

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