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Step One— Wisdom
“And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom…” Job 28:28.
fear, n. A feeling of reverential awe, especially toward God. New Century Dictionary.
Getting Wisdom, The Main Thing
The first step we need to take on the road to immortality is to somehow get wisdom. The scriptures say that “wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting, get understanding.” Proverbs 4:7. With these words, the Spirit is telling us that the absolute main thing that we need to receive is wisdom. We cannot get to God without it. We cannot find Him without it. It is the principal thing! He didn’t say to first get love or peace or go to meetings or tithe or anything of the kind. He said that wisdom is the main thing.
To get into a treasure house literally overflowing with rubies, emeralds, sapphires, diamonds, and gold, all you need—the main thing that you need—is the key that unlocks the door, that opens the way into the treasures. Wisdom is that key.
And so we see that wisdom is that principal thing. It is the key that unlocks the door to the spiritual treasure house of God. Without it we cannot get any further in our quest to receive of His storehouse. We’ve got to get wisdom.
Many people have tried to enter into the vaults of the Supreme Being where His treasures are stored. Many have wanted to explore the unsearchable riches of the Messiah, without wisdom. Many people have tried to clone the Messiah or make temples and buildings to please Him, without wisdom. Mankind sometimes uses interesting but futile chants, hums, repetitions, songs, shouts, “slayings-in-the-spirit” and the like, but the Almighty is not impressed by them. He seeks people to worship Him in Spirit and in truth.
Many have twisted the word “riches” to mean only money: filthy lucre, mammon, riches of this world, wealth that the world and Satan can give (“I’ll give you all the kingdoms of this world if…”) . And yet, Wisdom cries to us in Proverbs 8:18: “Riches and honour are with me; yea, durable riches and righteousness.” The durable riches, those that will last, are with wisdom. And the righteousness that will last and endure is with wisdom, as well. In the end man will be destroyed “that made not God his strength; but trusted in the abundance of his riches…” Psalms 52:7-8.
The true riches
Wisdom says, “Riches and honor are with me.” What riches? We know that it’s not this world’s riches. It’s not money. We are to seek after wisdom
and understanding as we would jewels and gold and silver. What are these true riches that come with wisdom? Paul says in Colossians 2:3 that all of the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hid in the Savior.
The “true riches,” simply put, is nothing less than the full glorification of many sons and daughters at the culmination of this age. We are talking about immortal offspring walking the face of this earth in the image of the heavenly One who also tread this earth some 2000 years ago.
The Messiah appeared many times to the patriarchs. He walked and communed with Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Jacob/Israel, Moses, Elijah, and many other prophets before His incarnation almost 2000 years ago. Immortality, communing with the Creator—that is what the true riches are. That is what comes with wisdom. Wisdom is the key that unlocks the door to receive the true riches.
The mystery of the unjust steward
The Savior spoke of the true riches in a parable in Luke l6, the parable of the unjust steward. The manager was wise in that when he found out that he was going to get fired, he cut all the people who owed his boss money a sweet deal. This reduced the amount of debt owed to his boss. It was his last act before his dismissal. And the Master commended him because he had done wisely. Because in worldly money matters, in things not of the Spirit, unrighteous people are wiser than His spiritual little children.
There is a way to handle money wisely and in a righteous manner. We live on earth in earthen vessels. Money buys food and sustenance. We are to be a good and honest caretaker of someone else’s goods. “If you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon (riches), who will commit to your trust the true riches? And if you have not been faithful in that which is another man’s, who shall give you that which is your own?” Luke 16.1-12. If we can’t in an honest manner take care of the earthly things like money and goods, then He will not give us the true riches which is our own inheritance. And this inheritance is his nature, his immortality and life within us.
It says that the dishonest manager was wiser in his generation. Sin and dishonesty were generating his actions out from within his corrupt heart. But he had a “wisdom.” There was a wisdom that this dishonest man had that children of the Father do not have. What did he do that was so wise in the unjust realm? He had respect of the power of the rich men that he had to work for.
If his current boss were going to get rid of him, news would leak out as to why he was being fired. It would soon get around that he was untrustworthy and dishonest. So, he used that same dishonesty to help his employer’s creditors, to discount what they owed to him. This, of course, endeared him to those other rich men, for they had saved money through him. This would help him find a new job with one of them.
The Lord says that we need to be wise in a righteous and honorable way, the way he was wise in a dishonest way. We need to have awe and respect of our boss, the Creator, who is the Father of spirits, so that when the time comes when we are put out of the stewardship of our earthly bodies, He will grant unto us the true riches of immortality and His presence.
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