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1 Corinthians 1:30 Wisdom comes from God and includes righteousness, holiness, and redemption.


Wisdom has a Name, Jesus Christ,  and He, Wisdom, is our righteousness, holiness, and redemption.

1 Corinthians 1:30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made to us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: KJV

1 Corinthians 1:30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God--that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. NIV

Some translations render this as a list of four distinct and equal items: wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption.  Other translations indicate that wisdom of God includes righteousness, holiness, and redemption. ... "wisdom from God--that is, our righteousness, holiness, and redemption".  This would seem to say that the wisdom from God = righteousness, holiness and redemption or at least includes righteousness, holiness, and redemption.  This second translation appears to be more true to the original and it explains why Solomon said that wisdom is the principle thing.  Not only does wisdom come from God, but this says that God made Christ Jesus our wisdom.  Wisdom is Jesus Christ, that is, God.

A Greek scholar gave the following literal translation:  "and out of HIM (God- last word of the previous sentence), you are (rooted,exist, live, breath and move) in Christ Jesus, who has (passively) become wisdom for us from God (HIM of the opening of the sentence), both righteousness and holiness and free redemption."  He further said that the Greek adds the word, te.  Te identifies the elements of wisdom but not exhaustively in this verse.  So, the verse says that the elements of wisdom include righteousness, holiness. and free redemption.  Wisdom is not limited to these three elements, but they are included in wisdom.

Just a few verses prior, in the 24th verse, Paul makes a parallel between Jesus and wisdom.  1 Corinthians 1:24  But to them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.  Here, wisdom is Jesus.  Jesus is both the power and wisdom of God.

Leading up to the birth of Christ, the term, Wisdom, was more meaningful to the Jews than it is in the twenty-first century.  In Proverbs wisdom is spoken of as an eternal person and as God.

It is plain that it is only through Christ that we can receive righteousness, holiness and free redemption.

Romans 6:19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity to iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness to holiness.

Romans 6:22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit to holiness, and the end everlasting life.

Notice the sequence.  First, we receive the righteousness that comes from God.  Then, we yield our members to God's righteousness.  Then, the process leads to true holiness... over time.. . from glory to glory.  The final result is total redemption, everlasting life.

Galatians 6:7-9 Whatever a man sows he will reap.  If he sows to the flesh, he will reap corruption.  If he sows to the Spirit, he will reap holiness and eternal life.

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