Knowledge and wisdom…

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1 Corinthians 12:Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit…

This is an interesting passage. The word “utterance” is a strange translation into English of the Greek word “logos” which is most often translated into English as “word”. You’re more likely to hear people talk about a “word of knowledge” or a “word of wisdom” – which I like much better than “utterance”. Anyway, these terms are used in the context of a discussion regarding gifts of the Spirit. They refer to insights given by the Spirit rather than the intellect.

I like the way Paul uses the two words together. It’s one thing to have knowledge. It’s another to apply that knowledge in appropriate ways (wisdom). In essence without wisdom, knowledge is far less useful.

Lord teach me to be wise, for sin seeks to make me a knowledgeable fool. Amen.

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