The Word of Wisdom in the Bible (Spiritual gift)
The word of wisdom is one of the Spiritual gift recorded in the Bible.
The Bible says “For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.” Luke 21:15.
Our Lord and Savior-Jesus Christ, promised all that will be His disciples the gift of the word of wisdom. (Luke 21:14-15).
The word of wisdom essentially is not a vocal gift but that of revelation. It is received quietly within one’s mind or spirit. It is not the general or natural wisdom that is gained or acquired from academic attainment, experience or through the occult.
The word of wisdom is an unusual wisdom, supernatural in character, that when manifested, all around (especially Christians) will recognize that this wisdom must have come from God. (Dan.2:20, 23, 46, 47).
It is not a cunning-like wisdom (1Cor.1:19), but “word of wisdom” that is given for a specific need or situation as the Holy Spirit wills or desires.
This word of wisdom cannot be compared with the wisdom of this world that God reckon as foolishness (1 Cor. 1:20).
What Is Word of Wisdom?
- The word of wisdom is a supernatural revelation (manifested in utterance of the word) of certain fact(s) in the future about people, places and things by the ability of the Holy Spirit. That is why this gift is erroneously linked with that of prophecy.
- It applies God’s word for a specific situation or problem. It also supplies the believer with immediate wisdom to know what to say or do in a given situation (Luke 21:14-15).
- It is also for interpreting and applying scripture, and being able to know the unrevealed will and hidden purpose of God (Mark 6:2; Matt. 13:54).
- It is a very small part of God’s wisdom.
Purpose of the Gift of the word of wisdom in The Bible
1. To overcome temptation (Luke 4:10-13).
2. To escape from the trap of the enemy (Luke 20:22-26).
3. To confound all adversaries (John 8:3-11).
4. For proper administration and planning (Acts 6:1-5).
5. To resolve crisis (Acts 15:28).
6. To gain control of a hopeless situation (Acts 27:23-24).
7. To make good decisions (2 Peter 3:15-17).
Manifestation and Requirements for Manifesting the word of wisdom in the Bible
Like all the gifts of the Spirit, the “word of wisdom” is a prerogative of the Holy Spirit, and as such He distributes (it) to believers as He desires or deems fit.
The gift is often given when counseling, preaching or prophesying; when a command is given or when God wants to help us out of a situation or crisis.
The requirements to manifest this gift include:
1. Being born again and being filled with the Holy Spirit (Eph.5:18).
2. Desiring the gift (1 Cor. 14:1-6)
3. Praying earnestly for it.
4. Being motivated by a genuine love to edify the body of Christ and to solve problems amongst the brethren (1 Cor. 13; 1Cor. 14:12).
We must understand that any born again Christian can manifest this gift. (1 Cor. 1:7), and like other revelational gifts,
words of wisdom can be revealed in dreams, spiritual intuitions, visions, audible voices, etc.
scripture that talk on The Wisdom of this World in the bible – 1Cor. 1:20-21, 2:6, 3:18-19,1Peter.3:15; 2 Peter.3:3-6.
Hindrances to Manifesting the Gift of the word of wisdom
1. Immaturity :
God may not be able to confide in you, if you cannot keep His secrets.
2. Worldly books and movies –
These corrupt the mind and those who read and watch them soon practice what they learn or watch.
3. Unbelief-and failure to ask
4. Despising the gift (Prov. 1:7).
During the Dark Age, the gifts of the Spirit was noticeably absent in the church. But God in His infinite mercies has been restoring these gifts to His people to revive, encourage and edify the church.
The gift of the “word of wisdom” is to be desired by every Christian. God frequently gives this gift (word of wisdom) together with the word of knowledge, so that believers can know how to apply the knowledge correctly.
For example, Ananias (Acts 9:10-18) was able to exercise both gifts by revelation of the Holy Spirit.
This gift of the word of wisdom is very important (Prov.4:7-9) and we must ask God (the Holy Spirit) to mercifully count us worthy to be a recipient.The Spiritual Gift of Teaching