Walking Through the Proverbs - Christ Our Wisdom
Christ Our Wisdom
…that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God's mystery, which is Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
1 Corinthians 1:30
And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption,
With the introduction and foundation set for walking through the Book of Proverbs, we take a small trip through some New Testament verses to help us understand the ultimate lens to understand the Book. In the first blog we spoke about the beginning of knowledge or wisdom being the fear of the Lord. In this post we will explore the true meaning of that as we dive deeper.
Christ on the road to Emmaus walked with two men and ‘beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself’ (Luke 22:27). Jesus Christ employed a certain hermeneutic (a way to interpret the Scriptures), and we would do well to utilize The Master’s method. Jesus had a redemptive-historical view of the Scriptures that ultimately identified as Christocentric! Jesus Christ knew that the meta-narrative (the overall emphasis) of the Scriptures was to reveal the coming Messiah who would be slain for His people. Jesus emphasized this truth to the Jews when in John 5:39 he says, “You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me.” As we can see from the verses above, the Book of Proverbs is not exempt from this redemptive-historical focus. In 1 Corinthians 1:30 and Colossians 2:2-3 the Holy Spirit bears witness that Christ is our wisdom! In Christ are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Is this not the very aim that was laid out in the first entry to this blog series? If it is wisdom and knowledge we seek, it will be acquired primarily through becoming more like Jesus Christ. Growing in the likeness of Jesus! Being conformed to the image of Christ.
So as we go through the Book of Proverbs (and any other books in the Bible), the great end will not be to become more wise or knowledgeable in ourselves, but ultimately to become like Christ and to find Him in all the Scriptures! Proverbs has a Christocentric focus, and so should we, as we meditate upon it! May God the Father, through the Holy Spirit, shape us proverb by proverb to see Christ and become more like Him. This only scratches the surface of the depths of His supreme wisdom!