Q: What is God?
A: God is a spirit, infinite, eternal, and unchangeable, in his being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness and truth.
Who is the wisest person you have known? Perhaps it was a grandparent. Or maybe a leader in the church. They had a wealth of knowledge, and knew how to apply it at precisely the right time. Wisdom is attributed many people in Scripture. We may think of Solomon, who’s “wisdom surpassed the wisdom of all the people of the east and all the wisdom of Egypt” (1 Kings 4:30). Yet the wisest among us and the wisest men of history are infinitely lacking in wisdom compared to God.
We may be tempted to think of God’s knowledge and wisdom as being greater in quantity than ours, as if He simply knows more than us, but this is not the case. God’s quality of knowledge is greater than ours. God’s knowledge is on a completely different level all together. He does not acquire knowledge like us. We have to have teachers, books, and experience, but not God. He knows all things independently and intuitively; no one teaches Him. In Isaiah 40:13,14, the prophet writes:
Who has measured the Spirit of the LORD,
or what man shows him his counsel?
Whom did he consult,
and who made him understand?
Who taught him the path of justice,
and taught him knowledge,
and showed him the way of understanding?
The answer to those questions is obvious: no one.
God does not have to go through logical syllogisms or perform experiments. All truth is always laid bare before Him all the time. There is no limit to His understanding (Psalm 147:5). There are unfathomable depths to God’s wisdom that will not, indeed, cannot, be mined. “Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways” (Romans 11:33). No one can know His mind; no one can understand His doings, not even the saints in Glory or the angels. Only God knows His mind. Indeed, only God knows Himself exhaustively.
And yet God communicates to us true wisdom and knowledge. Without God’s communication to us, we would have no knowledge and no wisdom. He has given us the ability to know and understand truth in the universe which He has designed. He has given us wisdom concerning who He is as the Almighty Creator through the book of His creation (Psalm 19:1; Romans 1:20). Indeed, God has told us that fearing Him is true wisdom and knowing Him is true insight (Proverbs 9:10). In His Word, the Holy Scriptures, He has revealed that which can make us “wise unto salvation through Jesus Christ” (2 Timothy 3:15). And in Jesus Christ Himself, we see “the radiance of the glory of God, the exact imprint of His nature” (Hebrews 1:3). He has made God known to us (John 1:18). He “became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption” (1 Corinthians 1:30).
While God has infinite, eternal, and unchangeable in His wisdom, He has shown us how we ourselves can have wisdom: by coming to Jesus.
-J. Kyle Brent