“To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, according to the eternal purpose which He purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord. “(Eph 3:10-11)
This verse had been troubling me for days. Wow, I told myself, this is very, very deep. Then I prayed and asked God, “Lord, what is your manifold wisdom?” Then I started with searching the internet. Good thing with the internet is, almost everything is just one click away.
I began with defining some words. “Manifold” means means many and varied. The New Living Translation says “rich variety”. I would like to take a close, and in-depth study of this word to get a clearer picture of the verse. Imagine a pipe or chamber branching into several openings…Imagine a diamond in the darkness, when you turn on the lights, each facet will glisten…Imagine a painting with different colors, yet each of these colors blend and thus, the many things in it, when they are put together are only one subject, one theme… Imagine God, in all his power and magnificence, creating the whole universe and all that is in it, and He, who is bigger than everything that he has created can fit into one body, which is Christ, and that Christ is now in you the moment you received Him.
Now, let us define the word, “wisdom”. Many times, people may interchange knowledge with wisdom. In the Bible, it is oftentimes used side by side, which shows that they are neither identical nor unconnected idea. Knowledge is the intellectual product of human mind. It requires someone to study for him to have knowledge. On the other hand, wisdom, besides intellect, involves emotional and spiritual characteristics of human beings in relation to knowledge. It is deep understanding and realization of people, things, events, or situations resulting in the ability to discern and make the right judgment. It requires experience to acquire wisdom.
Have you ever wondered why God created everything in 6 days, when in all his might & power, he is capable of creating everything in just one blink of an eye? I am not a well-versed person. Yes, I read the Bible whenever I find time to do so. I listen to sermons, read inspirational books, etc. What I am writing here is not mainly research-based, but what my spirit urges me to do. I believe in my heart, God created everything one at a time in order to proclaim his infinite wisdom, because each of His creations is a manifestation of His Glory.
Think about this… It is estimated that between 65 billion people up to 110 billion people have ever thrived the earth since the Day of Creation. Since then, there are no human beings that are exactly alike. We may be the same in many ways, but we are also different in variety of aspects. Even our very fingerprints are designed exclusively for us. That’s how uniquely each of us are in the eyes of the Lord.
This is the manifold wisdom of God… it is infinite, immeasurable, innumerable. God is god of surprises. He reveals things according to its purpose and many of these things are yet to be discovered. They are to be revealed for the glory of the one who created them.