…in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. I say this in order that no one may delude you with plausible arguments
In Christ are ALL the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Scripture is filled with knowledge about Christ and his work. We discussed in the previous post the importance of knowing Biblical doctrine and its impact on our faith. Though some may downplay it, knowledge is important and is found in Christ.
However, one may have lots of knowledge and still lack wisdom. Wisdom is the practical ability to understand reality and act on it from God’s perspective. We need both wisdom and knowledge. Perhaps an illustration is helpful: I may have the knowledge that drinking poison is deadly, but still lack the wisdom to refrain. Knowledge without wisdom is therefore deadly because I still drank the poison. On the other hand, I may have the wisdom, but if I lack the knowledge of the deadliness of poison, then I might drink simply out of ignorance. Therefore, wisdom without knowledge can also be deadly. Hopefully, this helps us to see the need for both wisdom and knowledge regarding spiritual things.
This verse tells us wisdom and knowledge are treasures. Proverbs 2 tells us that “the Lord gives wisdom” and “from his mouth come knowledge and understanding” therefore we should “seek it like silver.” By knowing Christ and the wisdom and knowledge he gives, we can be sure to guard ourselves from being deluded by false teaching and plausible arguments (v. 4) that undermine our faith.
- Do you daily seek to grow in your knowledge? Do you daily seek to grow in your wisdom?
- Do you believe that if we seek for wisdom and knowledge like silver (Prov. 2) and ask God for wisdom (James 1:5) that he will give it to us?
- Do you see Paul’s concern that we not be swept away by false teaching?