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February 25, 2011



Wisdom

Knowledge

Understanding

Part 2



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Introduction



This is a continuation of Part One. Some of the information in this part will be a repeat of what was already in Part One. Yet, there is some information added to what was in Part One. Therefore it would be helpful to read what is in this Part, for a better understanding of this subject of "Wisdom, Knowledge, and Understanding."

In Proverbs 2:6 it says, "For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding." The LORD is God with the Father and the Holy Spirit. God has "all" wisdom, knowledge, and understanding.

To obtain unto eternal life in heaven, Christians must have wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. To get this wisdom, knowledge, and understanding it must come from the LORD.

The Devil does not have true wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. Wisdom was given to Lucifer, but he corrupted it and sealed it up and sinned against God. Satan's heart was lifted up because of his position that God had given him. Satan stood out among others because of his anointing as a Cherub.

Satan was one of three known anointed cherubs in God's creation. These are sometimes called archangels, as was Michael in Jude 1:9. The three known to us are Michael, Gabriel, and Lucifer (now called Satan, the Devil). Each of these three were anointed with wisdom, knowledge, and understanding.

Because of Lucifer's anointing, beauty, and position he exalted himself to be like God. This is a warning for those who have an anointing from God to serve God by the ability given to them. Never use the anointing for your own benefit. Using the anointing to promote yourself could result in the same eternal end as that of Lucifer.

The anointing is to be used for serving the LORD, not for our own glory. If anyone takes the glory that belongs to God for their own purpose, it could lead them to eternity in hell, along with Satan and his followers.

Do not corrupt the anointing. Do not use the anointing for personal gain. The anointing does not belong to the one who is anointed with the true anointing. The anointing is "the ability to do the will of God," and is not for any other purpose.

The world today, is operating by "the knowledge of good and evil" (Gen. 2:9,17; 3:6,17). This knowledge of good and evil is corrupted by the Devil. Therefore, the knowledge of good and evil that the world lives by, will only lead to two deaths (physical death of the physical body, and eternal death in hell with Satan and his followers).

We must do what the New Covenant tells us to do. We must be born again and then walk after the Spirit and not after the flesh. We must sow to the spirit and not to the flesh. The flesh of mankind is still mortal, and the souls of mankind are still corrupted. Therefore, we must "Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding...In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths" (Prov. 3:5,6).

By the knowledge of good and evil, mankind's physical body became mortal and his soul became corrupted (Gen. 3:6). This morality and corruption will remain with us until we leave this world for the last time (1 Cor. 15:51-55).

For those who obey the LORD, and live according to the Word of God, when they leave this earth their mortal bodies will become immortal, the corruption in their souls will put on incorruption. Then they will be forever with the LORD.

Until that day, Christians must obey the LORD, and do the will of God here on earth. This can only be done by a full commitment to "love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength" (Mark 12:30). Then, "love thy neighbour as thyself" (Mark 12:31). These are our commandments given to us by the LORD Himself. If we keep these commandments, we will inherit eternal life with the LORD forever.

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Christians need to understand that God gives to those who obey Him every good thing they have. Whether it is wisdom, knowledge, or understanding. God gives every one of us life, and breath (Gen. 2:7, Job 12:10, 33:4).

In the beginning all good things came from God. In Genesis 1:31 it says, "And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good..." God did not create corruption. Lucifer, now called Satan the Devil, corrupted that which God made. Satan tries to take away and destroy all that we have.

Speaking of those who are born again into the Body of Christ, Jesus said, "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven." How many Christians do not believe that Jesus was speaking the truth in Matthew 7:21?

Jesus is the Truth. It is not possible for Jesus to lie. Jesus Christ is God with the Father and the Holy Spirit. The Scriptures tell us that God cannot lie (Titus 1:2).

Therefore, it is important that we believe what Jesus says, and do the will of God the Father. It is also important that we understand what Jesus said in Matthew 7:22,23. Jesus said, "Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?...And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity."

Many think that because they have been given the anointing to do great and wonderful works, they would surely inherit eternal life in heaven. No one gets into heaven because of the anointing. The true anointing is "God doing His good will here on earth." God will use whosoever He chooses to receive the anointing. The anointing is separate from the person that receives the anointing.

Lucifer was an anointed cherub, with beauty and a position in heaven. Lucifer corrupted the anointing by using it for his own purpose to raise himself up.

God has certain laws in heaven as well as here on earth. God teaches us his laws many times by using earthly examples (types and shadows, and figurative speaking).

On earth, nations and governments have laws. If individuals break the laws, they get punished. Many who break certain laws in certain nations will get life in prison. Others will get a death penalty. This is the same with God's laws.

Lucifer broke God's law concerning the anointing. Lucifer rebelled against God's law and was first cast out of the third heavens. He continued to break God's law and now his end will be eternal punishment in hell, which is a lake of fire (Rev. 20:10).

What Lucifer did and what happened because of what Lucifer did is an example of what could happen to all who follow him. If Christians do not obey the LORD, they could also spend eternity in the lake of fire. In Revelation 3:3-5, Jesus said, "Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee...Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy...He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels."

Christians can have their names blotted out of the Book of Life. In Revelation 20:15, it says, "And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire." The anointing will not keep a Christian from spending eternity in the lake of fire.

The Scriptures are prophetically speaking to people here on earth. In Hosea 4:6 it says, "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children."

Many Christians are being destroyed for a lack of knowledge. They are not spending time in the Word and Prayer. By not spending time in the Word and Prayer, they are rejecting the knowledge God has made available to them.

Christians are God's people. They were chosen by God in Christ Jesus from the foundation of the world (Eph.1:4). God sent His Son into the world to redeem us from the works of the Devil. Jesus did what God sent Him here to do. Now it tells us in Hebrews 5:9, "And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him." Eternal salvation is only for those who obey the LORD.

It is the Devil that tells Christians that they have "eternal security" (once saved, always saved). Therefore, Christians cannot continue to live by "the knowledge of good and evil" and still inherit eternity in heaven. "Once saved always saved" is a lie from the pits of hell. Christians need Wisdom, Knowledge, and Understanding from the LORD.

Many say they are in Christ (born again Christians). But, where is the evidence of their new birth in Christ? In 1 John 2:6 it is speaking of the evidence that a person is truly born again and "abiding in Christ." Many may have been born again, but they may not be "abiding in Christ." If they are not "abiding in Christ," then you will not see the evidence in their lives.

The word "Christ' means "the anointed One." If someone is truly born again, they are in Christ (the Anointed One). If they are truly in Christ, there should be some evidence. That evidence is, they should be "walking as Jesus walked" (1 John 2:6).

Why are they not walking as Jesus walked? It is because of Satan, who is "the god of this world" (2 Cor. 4:4). Satan has "the knowledge of good and evil." But Satan does not have wisdom, and understanding. All Satan has is the knowledge of good and evil.

When Adam and Eve ate of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, they received the knowledge of good and evil from the devil. God always had the knowledge of good and evil (Gen. 3:22). God permitted Lucifer, now called Satan the devil, to have the knowledge of good and evil.

Satan uses the knowledge of good and evil to control people. Satan does not have wisdom, or understanding. If he did, he would not have crucified the LORD of Glory. In 1 Corinthians 2:7,8, it says, "But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory...Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory."

Wisdom and understanding only come from God, and the LORD Jesus Christ. The only way to get wisdom and understanding is to first receive it from "the Word of God." Jesus is the living Word of God (John 1:1-3, Heb. 4:12). The LORD gives us wisdom and understanding (Prov. 2:6). Unless we receive Jesus Christ as LORD and Savior, we will not have wisdom and understanding, all we will have is the knowledge of good and evil.

Many people will spend eternity in hell with the devil and his followers, simply because "they never were born again." Some have been born again, but they may still spend eternity in hell, "because they did not abide in Christ" (1 John 2:6). Others may spend eternity in hell because "they would not obey the LORD." In Hebrews 5:9, speaking of Jesus Christ, it says, "And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him."

Everyone needs wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. These three come from God. Jesus Christ, being the express image of God, gives to those who come to Him and obey Him, "wisdom, knowledge and understanding." Being that Jesus is the Word of God manifest in the flesh, He became the author of eternal salvation to them that obey Him.

God has given us His living Word in the inspired written Word, called the Bible. Studying and obeying the written Word of God, gives us wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. We receive this wisdom, knowledge and understanding by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. In 1 John 2:27 it says, "But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him."

The anointing is the Holy Spirit, which is also "Christ in us." Christ is "the Anointed One." Jesus was anointed with the Holy Spirit (Luke 4:19; Acts 10:38).

Being in Christ, we have the anointing within us. Yet, without the Holy Spirit the anointing is powerless. It takes the power of the Holy Spirit to cause the Word of God to manifest in our lives. In Proverbs 16:16, it says, "How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!"

What happened

in the beginning?



Without wisdom, knowledge, and understanding we will easily be deceived by the spirits of this world. The spirits of this world are working for Satan, the Devil. The spirits of this world do not have wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. All they have is a corrupted version of "the knowledge of good and evil."

God has true knowledge of good and evil. Satan, the Devil has a corrupted version of the knowledge of good and evil. The corrupted version of the knowledge of good and evil brings two deaths upon mankind. The first death is called mortality, which is death residing in the physical body of man. This death is resident in man, and the end is physical death of the physical body.

The second death caused by the corrupted version of the knowledge of good and evil is eternal existence in Hell, which is "...the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever" (Rev. 20:10).

God has the true version of the knowledge of good and evil. Satan has a corrupted version of the knowledge of good and evil. This is all explained in Genesis 2:9-17, in the original Hebrew language. The English versions of the Bible do not render these verses correctly. Therefore, many are deceived by the teachings of men.

Without wisdom, knowledge, and understanding of what happened in the beginning, many people will spend eternity in hell. Not because they sinned. But, because they followed a corrupted version of the knowledge of good and evil.

In the garden of Eden there were many trees good for food, shade, and to build whatsoever man desired. These were physical trees, which were planted in the garden for the use of man, who was created a physical being, made of the elements of the earth. Man's physical body was formed of the dust of the ground, (which needed the elements of the earth to keep it alive and healthy).

There were also two spiritual trees in the midst of the garden of Eden, "the tree of life" and "the tree of knowledge of good and evil" (Gen. 2:9). The tree of life and the tree of knowledge of good and evil were in and among all the other trees of the garden. Wherever man went the tree of life and the tree of knowledge of good and evil were not far from them at any time.

The tree of life was the very life of God, which would produce eternal life in heaven. The tree of knowledge of good and evil was a corrupted form of the true knowledge of good and evil, and it would produce two types of death, physical death, and eternal death in hell.

Adam and Eve were given the choice of which trees they would eat the fruit of. They could have chosen the tree of Life and obtained eternal life in Christ Jesus. Or, they could have chosen the tree of knowledge of good and evil and experience the two deaths, physical and eternal death.

The LORD God commanded them, "But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die" {surely die: "muwth muwth" two deaths in the Hebrew} (Gen. 2:17).

Adam and Eve ate of the tree of knowledge of good and evil and two deaths came upon all mankind. Therefore, it tells us in Romans 5:12, "Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned." Everyone who is born of Adam, has sin and death resident in them. Therefore, the Second Adam, which is the Son of God came into this world to destroy the works of the Devil (1 John 3:8).

Jesus did all He came to do. Now it is up to mankind to receive "wisdom, knowledge, and understanding" from the LORD, not from the spirits of this world.

Before Adam was created, Lucifer, now called Satan the Devil was created by God as an anointed cherub, with wisdom and knowledge of God's plan for his eternal life.

Lucifer's position was that of leading praise and worship before the throne of God. He was given the ability to lead praise and worship by the anointing. Therefore, Lucifer was anointed by God to do the will of God for all eternity. It was the anointing that gave Lucifer the ability to do the will of God.

Now, let us see what happened to Lucifer before Adam was created? In Ezekiel 28:12-19 it gives us the information, concerning the fall of Lucifer.

Ezekiel 28:12 says, "Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty." Lucifer, now called Satan the Devil "sealed up the sum" (the revealed plan of God for his eternal existence). Lucifer was "full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty" from the day that he was created.

In Ezekiel 28:15 it says, "Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee." What happened that "iniquity was found" in Lucifer?

Before iniquity was found in Lucifer, it says, "Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created...Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire" (Ezek. 28:13,14).

In Ezekiel 28:17 it says, "Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness..." Lucifer, corrupted the wisdom he was given. Lucifer used the anointing to raise himself up. In Ezekiel 28:16, it says, "By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence..." In Ezekiel 28:18, it says, "Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick..."

Therefore, it tells us, "...thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire" (Ezek. 28:16). "...I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee" (Ezek. 28:17). "...therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee...All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more" (Ezek. 28:18,19).

What was the cause of Lucifer's downfall and eternal end? It was his use of the anointing and position that he was given for his glory and his gain.

According to other Scriptures throughout the Bible, it tells us, "And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day" (Jude 1:6). In 2 Peter 2:4, it says, "For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment." The angels that followed Lucifer were also cast out of the third heavens and they are being held until their final judgment.

Because of the rebellion of Lucifer, his end will be the lake of fire forever. Lucifer could have repented, and could have been forgiven. But, when he was given warning, he refused to repent. Therefore, he is no longer the anointed cherub before the throne of God. Lucifer is now Satan, the Devil.

Jesus said in Luke 10:18, "...I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven." In Isaiah 14:12-14, it says, "How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!...For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north...I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High."

The results of Lucifer's rebellion is spoken of in Isaiah 14:15-20 saying, "Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit...They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms...That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?...All the kings of the nations, even all of them, lie in glory, every one in his own house...But thou art cast out of thy grave like an abominable branch, and as the raiment of those that are slain, thrust through with a sword, that go down to the stones of the pit; as a carcase trodden under feet...Thou shalt not be joined with them in burial, because thou hast destroyed thy land, and slain thy people: the seed of evildoers shall never be renowned."

God will not be mocked. Those who use the anointing for their own glory, will also be judged. Unless they repent, God cannot keep them from receiving the same eternal punishment.

Satan raised himself up because of the anointing. Satan corrupted the knowledge of good and evil. Satan corrupted the wisdom that was given to him. Satan corrupted the anointing, and now has false prophets, false words of knowledge, false words of wisdom, and many other false manifestations.

Thereby, Satan sealed up the wisdom, knowledge, and understanding given to him by God. Now, Satan has only a corrupted version of the knowledge of good and evil. He also operates through those who follow him by the use of his false anointings.

The world operates by the corrupted knowledge of good and evil. How many Christians today are also walking in the corrupted version of the knowledge of good and evil? How many have taken the anointing which they received to do the work of the ministry, and abused and misused it for their glory? How many are following the example set by Lucifer?

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In Proverbs 16:16, it says, "How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!" In Proverbs, Chapter Eight, the LORD is called "Wisdom." Look at what it tells us in Proverbs 8:1-11, it says, "Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice?...She standeth in the top of high places, by the way in the places of the paths...She crieth at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the doors...Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of man...O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart...Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips shall be right things...For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness is an abomination to my lips...All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing froward or perverse in them...They are all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find knowledge...Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold...For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it."

Jesus is the LORD and He is Wisdom. We should get our information from Jesus, in what He taught us, and not be deceived by the enemy. The first and most important thing that Jesus told us in Mark 12:29-31. It says, "And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord...And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment...And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these."

In 1 John 3:8 it tells us that "God is love (agape)." The English versions of the Bible do not render this word "agape" correctly. There are no equivalent English words that can perfectly render the Greek word "agape" correctly. The best description of the meaning of the word "agape" is in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7.

Until we understand what Jesus was saying when He gave us the two commandments for the New Covenant, we will be deceived by the teachings of men.

God Himself is love. We must become like God Himself, otherwise we will be deceived. God gives us "agape" when we are born again of the Word of God and the Holy Spirit. That love of God must control everything we do in life.

We have a choice. We can walk in the love of God or we can choose to follow the corrupted ways of the world. If we do as Jesus said, we will be endued with the anointing and the power of God to do all that God has planned for our lives. We do not need to follow Lucifer, or anyone who is following his example.

Jesus is the Son of God. Jesus is our example. In 1 Corinthians 15:49 it says, "And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly." We must follow Jesus in every area of our lives. In 1 John 2:6 it says, "He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked."

God does not tell us to do something unless He gives us the ability to do what He says. Therefore, following what Jesus taught will enable us to walk as Jesus walked.

All throughout the Gospels, Jesus gave us some very important information. Then in Acts and the Epistles the Holy Spirit has revealed more information to help us. Following that, in the Book of Revelation we can receive a better understanding of what the LORD has to say to us today.

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