Wisdom in Christ

The poesy of Job 28 problematizes on the theme of wisdom — its source and in what it consists. In his fallen state, man will never attain to wisdom. Man’s efforts will prove futile, for though he can subdue baser pursuits, wisdom remains out of reach.

Job proceeds from human efforts, hence the despair. Job mistakes the endeavour as a pursuit of a place, or a time, or perhaps a situation of enlightenment.

In the end, after much contemplation, God guides him into the truth, that is, into a proper relationship between the Creator and the created one.

Job finds the key that will unlock wisdom — the fear of the Lord. We find the sensus plenoir in Christ.

The salvific aspect of wisdom becomes accessible to us through the work of Jesus Christ — the wisdom of God (1 Cor. 1:24). Christ is the fullness of the ever-wise, omniscient God.

As for Job, he came to the realization that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and to depart from evil is understanding. Therefore, it is not so much a question of where or how, but in whom.

Wisdom is found nowhere else but in God, for the wisdom of God is in Christ, and is Christ.


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