Because of this, we also, from the day we heard, do not cease on behalf of you offering our petitions and presenting our definite requests, that you might be filled with the advanced and perfect experiential knowledge of His will in the sphere of every kind of wisdom and intelligence which is spiritual… Colossians 1:9 Kenneth Wuest Translation
As believers we have always needed and will always need WISDOM. Thankfully the Word of God declares that Christ is made unto us wisdom, as well as righteousness, sanctification and redemption. So all of these are ours now because of our union with Christ. The book of Proverbs tells us to get wisdom and in all our getting to get understanding.
New International Version
The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding. Proverbs 4:7
These are popular scriptures that many believers may know already. However the Kenneth Wuest Translation makes a very interesting point that other translations do not. It indicates and highlights the fact that all wisdom and intelligence(understanding) IS SPIRITUAL. The word spiritual there is the Greek word pneumatikos. That word means:
Original Word: πνευματικός, ή, όν
Part of Speech: Adjective
Phonetic Spelling: (pnyoo-mat-ik-os’)
Short Definition: spiritual
4152 pneumatikós (an adjective, derived from 4151 /pneúma, “spirit”) – spiritual; relating to the realm of spirit, i.e. the invisible sphere in which the Holy Spirit imparts faith, reveals Christ, etc.
In this case, the Spirit here is The Holy Spirit. So it’s talking about wisdom and understanding that emanate from The Holy Spirit. Why is this important? Because people, believers or unbelievers alike need to understand something so that it can help them face THE TRUTH. Here is a true statement and a statement of truth: Without God and the Spirit of God, man is a DUMMY. Literally a dummy. Like a mannequin in the store. Without God’s Spirit man cannot do anything, or think anything or come up with any ideas big or small. This is very important. Today men and women think they come up with ideas and things on their own. The truth is THEY DON’T. God’s Spirit is what gives life and all that comes with it. When a person is born their mother and father give them their body but God provides their spirit and their life. While here, they get an opportunity to make a choice to give their life to Jesus and go to an even higher life, real life and have it in super abundance.
Now remember the Word of God in our text scripture says all wisdom and intelligence (understanding) is SPIRITUAL. If a person gives there life to Jesus they receive their wisdom and understanding from Him. If they continue without becoming born again, the devil is their spiritual overlord and he is a spirit as well. So the wisdom they receive from him is spiritual as well but it is devilish. The book of James speaks about this.
13Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. 14But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. 15This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. James 3:13-15 KJV
We should expect the Holy Spirit to give us wisdom and understanding in every area of our lives and not walk in the wisdom of the world which in most cases is earthly, sensual and devilish. We need to spend time praying in the Spirit to receive from the Spirit all that is already ours thru Christ Jesus. All wisdom and understanding is spiritual. Thru Christ you can become the next creator of something as great as Facebook, or the iPhone because the wisdom for those creations came from God the Father anyway. So take advantage of your connection with The Holy Spirit and receive wisdom and understanding which are SPIRITUAL.
All the blessed to you. Shalom!!!