Tuesday – February 27, 2018 – Knowledge, Understanding and Wisdom From Ancient Times.
Isaiah 11:1-2 (NIV) A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;
from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.
2 The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—
the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and of might,
the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord—
The involvement of the Holy Spirit in the ministry of Jesus was clearly predicted in the Old Testament. Three aspects are closely connected to one another and will rest on the Branch, Jesus, who will bear much fruit. Each of these aspects give us insight into the Holy Spirit and what He provides for the fruit (believers in Christ) borne by the branch. They are knowledge, understanding and wisdom. They are distinct from each other and build a person up to become complete in Christ.
We have established that the Holy Spirit is the true author of the Scriptures and He provides us knowledge, understanding and wisdom regarding them.
- Knowledge informs us as to what the Word says. It is not intuitive, it is learned. John 14:26 (NIV) But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
Knowledge provides information that leads to clear perception. Knowledge says, “I know what the Word says.”
- Understanding is deeper in that it shows us what the Word means. It is intuitive, and is birthed by the Spirit. John 14:16-17 (NIV) And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. Understanding provides comprehension that leads to strong conviction. Understanding says, “I believe what the Word says.”
- Wisdom goes further than understanding and it teaches you how to correctly (properly) apply the Word to your life. It provides transformation that leads to usefulness. Wisdom can be further defined as doing the best thing, at the best time, in the best way, for the best purposes. Wisdom says, “I do what the Word says.”
Step one is knowledge. Step two is understanding. Understanding has knowledge. Step three is wisdom. Wisdom possesses both knowledge and understanding.
Remember that there are deceptive voices in the world and we need the Holy Spirit to enable us to discern the difference between what He says, what the world says and even what our own imagination says.
Prayer: Thank you, Holy Spirit, that the voices in the world can be drowned out by Your voice and that Your tried and true voice today can be judged by what You have said in the past.