“…in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” Col. 2:2
To know Christ is to know God himself, which in and of itself is a mystery beyond measure. What a thrilling experience to know and to experience the reality of “Christ in me”, yet this is something often taken for granted, as if it were merely a commonplace kind of thing.
What we know about Christ, compared to what we ought to know about him, will be an eternity’s endeavor for us to gain, and the process will be endless. What’s euphoric about this is the more we come to know him, the more we will love him. Indeed, when knowledge about him increases, love will increase as well.
Even so, we will become so much wiser in worldly affairs if we seek to know Christ more deeply every day, “in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”
We are all eager to become worldly wise and may be striving to gain new knowledge to keep up with the rapid pace of progress the world is making, yet “all neglect monuments of unageing intellect.”
Come to think of it, the college I attended wasn’t even accredited by the Taiwanese government, yet Bible was a vital part of the core classes students had to take. Therefore, this fact alone might have made the student body of the college the wisest among all the students on the island. I might not have been overly impressed by the academics while I was there, yet I am grateful that the school at the least did one thing right, which made the study of God’s Word am absolute requirement.
There is one thing that I have learned through the reading of the Scriptures, which is an important lesson of humility. We can’t help but to become utterly humble when we have an encounter with an infinite God, and we have no choice but to bow down to him in worship and adoration. Indeed, Eliot was exactly right when he uttered in his poem “humility is endless.”
There is no other way to become truly wise except through the study and meditation of God’s Word, and the older I get, the better I know this to be true. All the knowledge that I have gained in the process of acquiring an education doesn’t seem to do me any good in times of crisis, and it will vanish with the vanquishing of my physical body; yet spiritual knowledge that I gained through God’s word will still remain, and it will remain until eternity.
Our spiritual wisdom and knowledge of the almighty God is the only bridge that will bridge the gap between the vast chasm of time and eternity.