The world neither acknowledges nor believes in the hidden treasures of God; it cannot be disputed that an obedient maid, a true diligent servant, and a child-bearing wife are far above a praying monk; each however are under the command and control of God.
Treasures of Wisdom and Knowledge
Colossians 2:1-5 Not Philosophy But Christ
2 For I (Paul) want you to know what a great conflict I have for you and those in Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh, 2 that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
4 Now this I say lest anyone should deceive you with persuasive words. 5 For though I am absent in the flesh, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ.
Commentary (NAS Updated Edition Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible) Education (wisdom) in Christ (Col. 2:1–5).
2:1. Paul’s labor (agōna, struggling; cf. 1:29; 4:12) of love was not limited to those he personally knew; it extended to all who had not met him personally. This is a clear indication that Paul had not started this or other churches in the Lycus Valley. The mention of Laodicea (cf. 4:16) indicates that the heresy had spread there too, though it was probably centered in Colosse.
2:2–3. Paul’s stated purpose was that they might be encouraged in heart and united in love. Confidence and strength of conviction as well as cohesive unity yield a full understanding of the truth. There is no full knowledge apart from moral commitment. Complete understanding (syneseōs, “insight”) results from complete yielding. And this understanding is Christocentric. This insight into God’s ways enables believers to know (epignōsin) Christ fully. Christ, as the true mystery of God, reveals God to man cf. Knowledge is prudent judgment and wisdom is prudent action. Both are found in Christ (cf. Rom. 11:33; 1 Cor. 12:8) whose wisdom is foolishness to the world (1 Cor. 1:21–25), but who is the power of God by which a believer receives “righteousness, holiness, and redemption” (1 Cor. 1:30).
2:4–5. Only this full knowledge and wisdom of Christ can keep a believer from being deceived by fine-sounding arguments (pithanologia, occurring only here in the NT, is lit., “persuasive speech” that uses plausible but false arguments). Truth and persuasion do not always correlate. Error can persuade, and truth can be compelling at times. It all depends on whether one has the full truth and a complete commitment to it. Hence even though Paul was absent from the Colossians, he delighted in how orderly (cf. 1 Cor. 14:40) and how firm (steadfast, solid) their faith in Christ was.
If we have paid close attention, we have learned that wisdom and knowledge are the hidden treasures from God and Jesus. If we learn them and apply them in everyday life we will benefit tremendously. They are found in God’s inspired Bible.
We should receive all of Jesus’ witness which is found in the New Testament. Then we may learn wisdom and knowledge which was given to Jesus by the Father. Jesus’ wisdom and knowledge is which comes from God will, will guide us and direct us to goodness, love, happiness, praise, fortune, family and the way to God’s heaven etc.
This is not to say that there is not wisdom and knowledge in the Old Testament which still stands today.
God does send wisdom to all who will seek, read, and study His will.
2 My son, if you receive my words, And treasure my commands within you,
2 So that you incline your ear to wisdom,
And apply your heart to understanding;
3 Yes, if you cry out for discernment,
And lift up your voice for understanding,
4 If you seek her as silver,
And search for her as for hidden treasures;
5 Then you will understand the fear of the Lord,
And find the knowledge of God.
6 For the Lord gives wisdom;
From His mouth come knowledge and understanding;
7 He stores up sound wisdom for the upright;
He is a shield to those who walk uprightly;
8 He guards the paths of justice,
And preserves the way of His saints.
9 Then you will understand righteousness and justice,
Equity and every good path.
10 When wisdom enters your heart,
And knowledge is pleasant to your soul,
11 Discretion will preserve you;
Understanding will keep you,
12 To deliver you from the way of evil,
From the man who speaks perverse things,
13 From those who leave the paths of uprightness
To walk in the ways of darkness;
14 Who rejoices in doing evil,
And delight in the perversity of the wicked;
15 Whose ways are crooked,
And who are devious in their paths;
16 To deliver you from the immoral woman,
From the seductress who flatters with her words,
17 Who forsakes the companion of her youth,
And forgets the covenant of her God.
18 For her house leads down to death,
And her paths to the dead;
19 None who go to her return,
Nor do they regain the paths of life—
20 So you may walk in the way of goodness,
And keep to the paths of righteousness.
21 For the upright will dwell in the land,
And the blameless will remain in it;
22 But the wicked will be cut off from the earth,
And the unfaithful will be uprooted from it.
By now all who have read this Proverb should realize the admonitions of God, especially lines 1-6, which mentions opening your ears and heart, crying out for discernment (knowledge and understanding), lifting up your voice for understanding, and searching for the hidden treasures. Then if you have done this or will do this then you will understand that God does provide wisdom to all that will open their hearts, listen, and seek it.
There are commands and blessings that come out of Proverbs 2:1-22, they are as follows:
- My son if thou wilt receive my words.
- and hide my commandments with thee;
- Yea, if thou criest after knowledge,
- and liftest up thou voice for understanding;
- Yea, if thou criest after knowledge,
- and liftest up thy voice for understanding;
- If thou seekest her (wisdom) as silver,
- and searchest for her as for hid treasure;
- Then thou shalt understand the fear of the Lord,
- and find knowledge of God.
- For the Lord giveth wisdom;
- out of His mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.
- He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous;
- He is a buckler to them that walk uprightly.
- He keepeth the paths of judgment,
- and preserveth the way of His saints.
- Then shalt thou understand righteousness,
- and judgment,
- and equity;
- yea every good path.
- when wisdom entereth into thine heart,
- and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul;
- Discretion shall preserve thee,
- understanding shall keep thee:
Note that no one ever finishes the study of wisdom because there is always more to learn. The fear of the Lord is the most basic ingredient in wisdom. All wisdom depends on knowledge of God and submission to His will. To know something but not to know God overturns the value of having knowledge in the first place. Fools have rejected the fear of the Lord. Not fearing God is the same as rejecting wisdom outright (Dan. 11:32; John17:3). It is like spreading a net in the sight of a bird that one wishes to trap would be a fruitless task. Yet the fool is less sensible than the bird, he will watch the trap being set and get caught in it anyway.
“Therefore you shall love the Lord your God, and keep His charge, His statutes, His judgments, and His commandments always.
Remember what you sow, you shall also reap what you sow.
God is testing us every day and has given us the right to make our own choices. Do you know which ones are the right choices in Gods mind?
Fear God, love God, honor God, and trust God with all your heart, mind and soul and you will receive and experience the joy of the promises of God’s blessings in His time.
Prayer: Father in heaven, hallowed is Thy Name. I praise You for Your Son and the Holy Spirit. I praise You for Your grace in sending us Your wisdom about the “Hidden Treasures of God.” I praise You for Your caring, Your loving kindness, and Your generosity. Only Your graciousness and love could forgive the sins of mankind and still allow him to become a Son of Yours. Please bless those who have read this Article for they too seek Your righteous truth, love, wisdom and understanding.
May God, Jesus, The Holy Spirit and Christianity be our guiding lights, our safety nets and our inspiration for loving happiness in all of Your kingdom. Father into your hands I commend my spirit. Not my will, but yours be done. Please come Lord Jesus.
I pray in Jesus sweet name and to His glory through the power of the Holy Spirit,