July 20, 2013

God’s wisdom is revealed in the God-man

That Jesus is fully man and fully God is incomprehensible even to Christians who believe it. The divine and the human are the Son of God and Son of Man. Little wonder that this union is the “wisdom of God.”
To those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ (is) the power of God and the wisdom of God. (1 Corinthians 1:24)

First I must remember that God’s thoughts are higher than my thoughts. If I could fathom His mind, then I would be closer to being equal to Him — which is utter nonsense. God is God and no one can grasp the totality of who He is or how He thinks and works.

Yet God became man so I could know Him. He retained His distinct properties and so this Man was fully a man. Both were unchanged by the union, even though human wisdom cannot comprehend how this works, nor adjust the connection between them without muddling both.

This amazing reality is the first revelation God gave me. I knew, without any explanation or description from others, that all that is glorious in God and all that is excellent in humanity belonged to Christ. I knew instantly that He is God yet also human. The heavenly became one of us, without ceasing to be God. The Creator became the creature, yet in doing so, He remained deity, a being of time, yet eternal, finite yet infinite, mortal yet immortal.

My life changed at that revelation. Even though I cannot make a perfect link in my mind, I know that the two parts of the universe are linked by incarnation. Earth knows what the Godhead is because God the Son came here to live with us, and heaven knows humanity as deeply as possible because human nature now sits at God’s right hand in the person of Jesus Christ.

This is why He is called the wisdom of God. Who could dream up such a scheme? No mortal would devise a plan that God would come to earth, live among us and die for our sin, because in the first place, no mortal would readily admit that our sin is so serious that it requires that sort of radical punishment.

Also, only God could and would determine to unite Himself with us, then come as baby besides. He entered the womb and began life where we begin it. God did that? Such humility. He joined Himself to us at the beginning of human existence. He was made of a woman, linked to woman and woman to him. He is a man, linked to man and man to him. He was an infant, a child, a boy, a youth, and that links all ages to Him, the God-man who united himself to us, knows our trials, joys and sorrows, even consecrated all stages of our development.
And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 1:30–31)
What a marvel of wisdom in the incarnation. Jesus spreads before us treasures of knowledge that link our earthly lives to heaven and eternity. Because of His grace, we can know that He is God — and that this life is not all there is. Truly, Jesus is the wisdom of God!

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