Posted by: bellissimanh | October 28, 2008

From Ephesians: The Wisdom of God

It’s been a while! I have a hundred excuses, and you’ve heard them all before. Running out of time? Running out of things to write? I figured I could cure the last part of that at least, by sharing with you some of what the Lord has been teaching me through my own study of Ephesians. 🙂

To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to make all see what is the fellowship  of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ; to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places,   according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him.”  Ephesians 3:8-12

I was studying this passage in preparing my heart for worship a few Sundays ago, and the Lord really spoke to me through it. Forgive me if my ramblings seem incohesive and scattered. If you can glean anything from them at all, it will be a miracle… but it meant something to me, I promise. 🙂

 

One of the things that struck me (and the subject of this first post) was how vast the wisdom of God is. Paul calls it the “manifold wisdom of God.” I did a little digging and discovered that the word Paul used here is “polupoikilos”, and it means “literally much varied and many sided, variegated, greatly diversified, abounding in variety.” It means marked with a great variety of colors as in a cloth or a painting. It means manifesting itself in a great variety of forms. We do indeed serve a God whose wisdom has so many dimensions we could never even begin to grasp them all. It is infinitely diversified, and from whichever way you view God’s wisdom, new flashes of truth blaze forth. We could never exhaust His supply! And it’s ours for the taking!

“Therefore if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all men, and without reproach, and it will be given to Him.” James 1:5

Of course, in context, this passage is telling us that the Lord is revealing the wisdom of His great plan of redeeming all men, Jew and Gentile alike,  to the angels, by means of the church.  How important it is for us to break down racial and cultural barriers and demonstrate God’s purpose in welcoming all children to His kingdom! I believe He does have a specific plan for Israel, so I’m not talking replacement theology here… but our Father has chosen to use the church to demonstrate the way He has grafted us all into His family. We’re an object lesson for angels… the heavenly AND the fallen. Pretty cool. 🙂

 

Take a few moments today to meditate on the incredible wisdom of our Father. Don’t put God in a box! His wisdom is triumphantly adequate to meet ALL of our needs! From the greatest to the least… the One who knows the very number of hairs on your head surely cares about the things that concern your heart! There is no problem too great (or small) for you to lay down at His feet. Are you trusting in His wisdom today?

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  1. AMEN:) His ways are past finding out… how great is our God? We will definitely be learning all throughout eternity and never be bored or ever stop learning of all the aspects of our Lord. And to think that there isn’t anything too small to ask Him for… just boggles the mind.

    I missed you online! Don’t stay away too long:)

  2. Thank you so much for sharing. This was wonderful. Blessings from Costa Rica


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