What is the difference between “knowledge” in Ephesians 3:19 & “wisdom ” in 1 Corinthians 1:30?
"To know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge."
Ephesians 3:18-19 (NRSV)
18" I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the
saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to
know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be
filled with all the fullness of God."
One way to comprehend the Bible , is to make a persistent effort to study it, and so grasp the "breath and length and height and depth" of the message in it. Therefore Christians should not be satisfied with elementary knowledge to be found in God's word,but on the contrary , should strive to deepen their comprehension of the scriptures and consequently strengthen their faith and love for God , Paul wrote:
Hebrews 5:12 (NRSV)
12 "For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone
to teach you again the basic elements of the oracles of God. You need
milk, not solid food."
The Bible urges Christians "to know the love that surpasses knowledge". The gospels teach us many things about the love of Christ, it involves more than just accumulating information that the Bible says about him, but also to follow his example, and so experience love by giving ourselves to others, showing compassion , understanding , be forgiving and attending to their needs. In this way we can really appreciate the way Jesus felt about others, so by experience we come "to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge"
"Jesus who became for us wisdom from God"
"Wisdom from God", refers to heavenly wisdom and not to human wisdom,despite having immense wisdom, the possessors of human wisdom may lack the spiritual wisdom that the scriptures advocate.
Because Jesus is the key character in the manifestation of God's purpose and redemption form sin , Paul wrote that "Jesus became to us wisdom from God"
1 Corinthians 1:30 Amplified Bible (AMP)
30 "But it is from Him that you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us
wisdom from God [revealing His plan of salvation], and righteousness
[making us acceptable to God], and sanctification [making us holy and
setting us apart for God], and redemption [providing our ransom from
the penalty for sin]."
Attributes of Heavenly of Wisdom.
James 3:17 (NRSV)
The disciple James describes the qualities of wisdom : "But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy." If we have truly acquired Godly wisdom, it will be manifest in our daily life , to acquire it ,we must pray for it and also dig for it. (Proverbs 2:1-5)
Some say that having a large fund of knowledge makes them wise, this is not so, Satan for example ,knows more about the Bible than any Saint mentioned therein , or any other time, but this does not make him wise in the eyes of God. Similarly two persons sit for their driving license examinations and both pass, the wise person drives safely and obeys the road regulation, the foolish one drives recklessly endangering his and others person's lives.
Wisdom in the absolute sense is found in God, who is “wise alone” in this sense. (Romans 16:27, Revelation 7:12) This is so , because He is the source of heavenly wisdom : "For Jehovah giveth wisdom; Out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding." (Proverbs 2:6 ASV) Even God's Son Jesus ,said that he does not rely on his own wisdom but says that he spoke as directed by His Father.
John 12:48-50 (NASB)
48 "He who rejects Me and does not receive My sayings, has one who
judges him; the word I spoke is what will judge him at the last day.
49 For I did not speak on My own initiative, but the Father Himself
who sent Me has given Me a commandment as to what to say and what to
speak. 50 I know that His commandment is eternal life; therefore the
things I speak, I speak just as the Father has told Me.”
Some wise examples of wisdom from the scriptures.
Joseph resist temptation to lie with Potiphar's wife , He says to her : "How then could I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?” (Genesis 39:6-10)
Jesus rebuffs all three temptations from Satan, by quoting the scriptures.(Matthew 4:1-7)
David shows wisdom and refrains from taking revenge against his enemy King Saul. (1 Samuel 24:2-7)