Daily Spirit & Word: 546: The Gifts of Wisdom and Knowledge.
Gifts of the Holy Spirit #2. Wisdom & Knowledge.
1 Corinthians 12:8 “To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit,”
After wetting your appetite and hopefully increasing your hunger for more of God’s Spirit in your life, we’re now going to be delving into God’s Word, to see what He has to say about the various gifts. This calls for a much deeper study, to systematically look-out, dig-in and search for the various ways that the Lord has gifted and anointed people in the past and how He longs to give the same gifts of the Holy Spirit for believer and followers of Jesus Christ today.
The first two gifts mentioned in Paul’s list: Wisdom and Knowledge. You’ll notice that He’s listed them together, and in fact if you take the time to study God’s Word, you’ll notice that they are often given to an individual simultaneously (as the same time). WOWzer! When you get God’s gift of Wisdom, you’ll also get Knowledge.
But notice what God has said through Paul: To one there is given wisdom, to another knowledge. It seems there are going to be degrees of these gifts; so one person will be given WISDOM which will of course be accompanied by a degree of knowledge, but another person, will be given KNOWLEDGE to an even greater degree.
Let’s look into God’s Word to see how these Gifts of the Holy Spirit have been used in the past:
Wisdom Is GIVEN:
1 Corinthians 1:5 — For in him you have been enriched in every way—in all your speaking and in all your knowledge—
1 Corinthians 1:30 — It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.
1 Corinthians 2:6-10 — We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. 7 No, we speak of God’s secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. 8 None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9 However, as it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him”— 10 but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.
1 Corinthians 13:2 — If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
1 Corinthians 13:8 — Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
Genesis 41:38 — So Pharaoh asked them, “Can we find anyone like this man, one in whom is the spirit of God?”
Genesis 41:39 — Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has made all this known to you, there is no-one so discerning and wise as you.
Exodus 31:3 — and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts—
1 Kings 3:5-12 — At Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” 6 Solomon answered, “You have shown great kindness to your servant, my father David, because he was faithful to you and righteous and upright in heart. You have continued this great kindness to him and have given him a son to sit on his throne this very day. 7 “Now, O LORD my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties. 8 Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number. 9 So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?” 10 The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this. 11 So God said to him, “Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment in administering justice, 12 I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be.
Nehemiah 9:20 — You gave your good Spirit to instruct them. You did not withhold your manna from their mouths, and you gave them water for their thirst.
Job 32:8 — But it is the spirit in a man, the breath of the Almighty, that gives him understanding.
Psalms 143:10 — Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.
Proverbs 2:6 — For the LORD gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
Isaiah 11:2 — The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him— the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD—
Isaiah 11:3 — and he will delight in the fear of the LORD. He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears;
Isaiah 50:4 — The Sovereign LORD has given me an instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught.
Isaiah 59:21 — “As for me, this is my covenant with them,” says the LORD. “My Spirit, who is on you, and my words that I have put in your mouth will not depart from your mouth, or from the mouths of your children, or from the mouths of their descendants from this time on and for ever,” says the LORD.
Daniel 2:21 — He changes times and seasons; he sets up kings and deposes them. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.
Matthew 13:11 — He replied, “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them.
Acts 6:3 — Brothers, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them
2 Corinthians 8:7 — But just as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us —see that you also excel in this grace of giving.
Ephesians 1:17 — I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.
Ephesians 1:18 — I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints.
NOW: I’m going to ask you to do something: MEDITATE: Stop and think and dwell upon these verses and portions of the Bible. Read them slowly, let the words sink in and ask the LORD for the Spiritual Gifts of both: Wisdom and Knowledge. Yes, the Holy Spirit will choose which ‘special’ gifts you are going to receive, but God loves and longs to give us so much more than we can even imagine, but we do need to be asking. As you meditate and study these verses you’re going to notice some amazing truths. Remember it’s by KNOWING the TRUTH that we are being set free. You’ll be given tremendous insight by God the Holy Spirit if you do this deep, meditation. Read these verses out loud, write them out by hand, pray them in to your heart, read them in context and then: wait upon the LORD.
TWO THINGS WILL HAPPEN:
As you dwell, study, meditate and pray; two things a definitely going to happen in your life: Your mind is going to be renewed (you’ll get WISDOM) and your life is going to be transformed (You’ll get KNOWLEDGE). Why? Because we serve an awesome, fearful and wonderful God. His Word is living and active and will penetrate. We need to put our roots down deep, much deeper than ever before into God’s Word.
Enjoy your deeper delving into God’s Word: Please feel free to share with others what you have learned from this exercise.
Have and awesome day with Jesus.
P.S. Before you can begin to seek more of God’s Holy Spirit Gifts: Be SURE that you have begun to walk in the Spirit: The Discovery of The Holy Spirit Life.
Before you can begin to walk in the Spirit: You need to be SURE and CERTAIN that you’ve become a genuine follower of Jesus: The Discovery of the Christian Life.