then I was beside him, like a master workman, and I was daily his delight, rejoicing before him always (Proverbs 8:30)
Last week’s study on “The Presence of Wisdom” was tough. As we studied the conditions for Wisdom, we were forced to look inside and ask ourselves five hard questions. Basically we were called to “count the cost” of walking with Wisdom and then determine for ourselves if we are ready to pay the price. It is my prayer that every one of us came through with a renewed commitment to walk in the fear of the LORD.
The Pre-existence of Wisdom
We have had some pretty intense teaching over the past weeks. I wonder if you knew when you started this study how much soul searching would be involved; I sure didn’t!
This week we are go to take a little break. We are going to sit back and allow God’s word to minister to us in a different way.
Colossians 3:16 says “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” We’ve spent a lot of time in teaching and admonishing; now we come to a place of worship. Truly the passages in this weeks study are a cause for praise as they remind us of God’s glorious creation and sustaining power.
As I read and re-read verses 22-31, and noted the repeated use of the first person pronoun, there seemed no other way for me to look at the passage than as an account of the pre-existence of Jesus Christ. I’ve always known it was so, John opens his gospel with the proclamation of it: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God (John1:1). However, “hearing” the words from the “mouth” of Christ Himself touched me in a deep and powerful way.
22“The Lord possessed me at the beginning of his work,
the first of his acts of old.
23 Ages ago I was set up,
at the first, before the beginning of the earth.
24 When there were no depths I was brought forth,
when there were no springs abounding with water.
25 Before the mountains had been shaped,
before the hills, I was brought forth,
26 before he had made the earth with its fields,
or the first of the dust of the world.
27 When he established the heavens, I was there;
when he drew a circle on the face of the deep,
28 when he made firm the skies above,
when he established the fountains of the deep,
29 when he assigned to the sea its limit,
so that the waters might not transgress his command,
when he marked out the foundations of the earth,
30 then I was beside him, like a master workman,
and I was daily his delight,
rejoicing before him always,
31 rejoicing in his inhabited world
and delighting in the children of man.
In a close reading of this passage, we learn several things about Jesus that are affirmed throughout scripture:
- Christ’s eternal existence – Jesus Christ, the 2nd person of the Trinity was and is and always will be. Because of His eternal existence, we can have confidence in our eternal future.
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” (Revelation 1:8)
He is eternally present in the universe and He is eternally present in our lives. He is with us from the beginning and He will be with us until the end. We don’t have to fear the things of this world, Our Great Shepherd goes before us, He fights for us, He keeps us, He cares for our needs.
And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20)
- Christ’s participation in creation – As Creator, His power is made fully known. If Jesus can mark the foundations of the earth, if He can not only create the seas and tell them how far they can go, but calm the storms of those same seas, surely He has the power to control the trials of our lives, to calm the storms that rage against us.
And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. And they went and woke him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.” And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. And the men marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?” (Matthew 8:23-27)
- Mutual honor between the Father and Son – In verses 30-31, we see how the Father delights in the Son and the Son rejoices in the Father. And because we are His children, we receive that same delight from the LORD.
He brought me out into a broad place; He rescued me, because he delighted in me. (Psalm 18:19)
- And, because we belong to Jesus, He rejoices over us.
“The Lord your God is in your midst, A victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy. (Zephaniah 3:17)
What a wonderful thing it is to be a child of the Living God!
Remind yourself what it means to be a child of God by meditating each day on one of the 7 “I AM” statements of Christ. Note how you can apply each one to your daily walk with Christ.
1. I AM the Bread of Life
“Then Jesus declared, ‘I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.’” (John 6:35)
2. I AM the Light of the World
“When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’” (John 8:12)
3. I AM the Door
“I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.” (John 10:9)
4. I AM the Good Shepherd
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” (John 10:11)
5. I AM the Resurrection and the Life
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.” (John 11:25-26)
6. I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)
7. I AM the Vine
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5)
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