Paul wrote (in Galatians 2:20) ‘I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.’ While we were dead in our sin, with no life of our own, no righteousness of our own, Christ Himself became our life, and our righteousness, to bring us to God. And He became our Wisdom too. This second of three brief posts on the theme of Wisdom also comes from Graeme Goldsworthy…
“(The Wisdom of the Book of Proverbs) is given its full and perfect expression by Jesus. This fulfils the prophetic expectation of the perfectly wise messianic king. As tempting as it is to rush from the texts of Proverbs to an application to our Christian life, we must discipline ourselves to relate our texts first of all to their fulfilment in Christ. Jesus in every way fulfils God’s requirements for Israel. He was the perfectly wise man of God living the absolutely responsible life before his heavenly Father. In his perfectly human existence he lived according to his true perception of reality, making right decisions in the right place and at the right time. In all this he constantly lived as the one who perfectly feared the Lord….
“Thus … we cannot simply apply proverbial wisdom out of the Old Testament to ourselves as if we had never heard of Jesus Christ. Wisdom points to righteousness, but we know that Jesus’ life was lived for us in order to provide a perfect righteousness for us that counts for our acceptance with God (and) Jesus (also) justifies our feeble attempts to live wisely by being what we should be but cannot. Thus, God regards all believers as having the very wisdom of Christ. In other words, Christ has been made wisdom for us 1 Corinthians 1:30).
And because of him you are in Christ Jesus,
who became to us wisdom from God,
righteousness and sanctification and redemption…
1 Corinthians 1:30 ESV
From Graeme Goldsworthy in Gospel and Wisdom