Christ is the Wisdom of God 


 And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him. (Luke 2:40)

As Jesus grew through His childhood, St Luke says He was “filled with wisdom.” The New Testament writers as well as some Patristic authors saw a clear connection between the Old Testament’s “Wisdom” and Jesus Christ the Word of God. St Paul made the connection quite clear:

… Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.  . . .   Christ Jesus, whom God made our wisdom, our righteousness and sanctification and redemption… (1 Corinthians 1:24,30)


In the Old Testament, Wisdom was seen as being active in the creation of the entire cosmos. Because the New Testament connected Christ the Word with creation, it was an easy link to make between Wisdom and Christ. Wisdom speaks in the first person in the Old Testament (Proverbs 8:12) as if Wisdom is a person – which helped to strengthen the connection between Wisdom and Christ. St Gregory of Nyssa says:

Hence when David says, ‘Everything came to be in Wisdom‘ (Psalm 103:24), the divine apostle interprets him by saying, ‘In him all things were created’ (cf. Colossians 1:16), believing that the Lord is the one whom the prophet denotes by ‘Wisdom.’ (HOMILIES ON THE SONG OF SONGS, p 215)


St Gregory goes on to link Christ the Wisdom of God with God’s peace:

Who, after all, is as peaceable as he who ‘brought the hostility to an end‘ (cf. Ephesians 2:16) and ‘nailed it to the cross‘ (cf. Colossians 2:14); he who reconciled to himself self us, his enemies –or better, the whole cosmos –and ‘has broken down the dividing wall … in order that he might create in himself one new humanity, so making peace‘ (Ephesians 2:14-15); he who ‘preached peace,’ through those who brought the message of good things, to people who were ‘far off‘ and to people who were ‘near at hand‘ (Ephesians 2:17)?  (HOMILIES ON THE SONG OF SONGS, p 215)


But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, without uncertainty or insincerity. And the harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. (James 3:17-18)