TRUTH: Christ is the Manifold Wisdom of God


In life, there are some things that you just have to get right in order for life not to be too problematic or to take a dramatic wrong turn. Who you believe God to be is one of those matters. In fact, I submit that one’s belief or lack thereof in who God is (His character) is the most important decision one will ever make. First, one has to decide if he believes that God exists. Next, one has to discern, out of all the claims of who is God, which God he believes. For me, I trust what the scriptures of the Holy Bible says. Furthermore, I trust in what Jesus, God incarnate, says in John 17 – ““Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you.For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. ” In the context of the scriptures, Jesus is referring to Jehovah, God the Father, the first person in the trinity. Now, that is the TRUTH: Christ is the Manifold Wisdom of God.

In John 14, Jesus says, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” In effect, Jesus is saying that I am the only way to God of which I AM. Since we know the TRUTH: Christ is the Manifold Wisdom of God, let us see more evidence of that in the scriptures from the Apostle Paul.

Ephesians 3

For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles—

Surely you have heard about the administration of God’s grace that was given to me for you, that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly. In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, which was not made known to people in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God’s holy apostles and prophets. This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.

I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of his power. Although I am less than the least of all the Lord’s people,this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the boundless riches of Christ,and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things. 10 His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, 11 according to his eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Paul, who had been convinced by Jesus Himself that Jesus was not only the Son of God, but also God, says that Christ Is and Reveals the Mystery because the He is the TRUTH: Christ is the Manifold Wisdom of God. 

Manifold is an old English word that in the Greek is polypoikilos which means much variegated, i.e. multifarious, i.e. of many kinds; numerous and varied. Polupoikilos has the ideas of intricacy, complexity, and great beauty often seen in fabrics and paintings. Wisdom in the Greek is the word sophia which means 

Regarding wisdom, Guzik wrote “One purpose in His (God’s) great plan of the ages is to reveal this wisdom. Understanding the character of God, we can say that this is not for a selfish or self-glorying motive, in the way we think of the proud man showing his brains and accomplishments to everyone. God does this for the glory of His creatures, because the glory of the creature is directly connected to the glory of the Creator

Smith wrote “You remember Peter writing of these things said, “Which things the angels even desire to look into.” (I Peter 1:12). You see, angels are not omniscient as is God. They do not know the full purposes or the plan of God. I am sure that they have interesting sessions and discussions as they see the purposes of God being unfolded. Now, the angels did have a better grasp of prophecy than did man. When God would reveal the things through the prophets, they did have a grasp of these things. But not a full understanding. It took the working out of the plan for them to come into a full understanding.

Peter in writing of these things said, “We have the more sure word of prophecy” (II Peter 1:19). “He showed Himself alive by many infallible proofs” (Acts 1:3), but we have the more sure word of prophecy and so forth, which things the angels desired to look into. Paul said, “That the principalities and powers, which are the angels, that they might know by what is happening in the church, the manifold wisdom of God.”

I would imagine that it is a very shocking and awesome thing to the angels that God decided to come and indwell man. That God would actually come and dwell within man. This is that glorious mystery that God actually will indwell you by His Spirit through Jesus Christ.”

The text tells us that God reveals or shares this wisdom with the intent that “the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms” The fact of the matter is that wants us to know the TRUTH: Christ is the Manifold Wisdom of God. He will use His church to reveal that to rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms. Along the way, we get the benefit of knowing God. This is why it is vitally important that one believe in the one true God, so the right character is revealed and shown to man as well as those in the heavenly realms. Our purpose as followers of Jesus is much bigger than we realize. Our purpose in living for Christ is of earthly and heavenly significance. We cannot fully comprehend the wisdom bound in Christ, but an effort to reveal some things will be made on my next post to share more about Christ is the Manifold Wisdom of God. 

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