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in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 

  

in whom are hidden 

The “whom” here is the Lord Jesus Christ. Christianity is essentially a relationship with a person. The wealth of Christianity revolves around that person. This is a truth not known in the Old Testament (1:26).  

all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge 

The word “treasures” means stored up. It is the word from which we get our word “thesaurus.” A thesaurus is a treasury of words stored up to compare with one another. God begins to give a catalogue of treasures at salvation and they continue throughout the Christian experience until and including death. The entire plan of God revolves around the person and work of Jesus Christ. 

God provides our initial salvation by forgiveness of sins in Christ. God gives us divine operating assets while we live life in time. God saves us eternally at physical death. That is an outline of God’s thesaurus. 

Note that “all” the treasures are hidden in Him. They will always be in Him. Jesus is the treasure of God. The wonderful thing about the “hidden treasures” in Christ is that we discover them by personally accepting Him as our Savior. We do that by believing that His death on the cross grants us forgiveness of our sins. 

Wisdom is the appropriation of truth to experience (1:9). If we know truth, we will be able to apply it properly to our situation. This is spiritual insight into who Jesus is. 

Knowledge is the catalogue of truth, the power to apprehend truth. We must first grasp truth before we can apply it. We cannot apply truth that we do not know. Once we grasp truth, we can give an answer for our faith. 

We find both “wisdom” and “knowledge” in Christ (Rom 11:33; 1 Cor 12:8). 

Principle: 

The Lord Jesus Christ is the key that unlocks God’s treasure. 

Application: 

In school, we can obtain knowledge but not wisdom. Spiritual wisdom comes from personal knowledge and fellowship with the Lord Jesus. He is the key to wisdom and knowledge (1 Cor 1:23,24). He is the mind and might of God, the brains and brawn of God. 

1 Corinthians states that we have the “mind of Christ.” Where do we have the mind of Christ? God has put it in writing—the Word of God, the unabridged revelation of God. We cannot understand the Word of God without first knowing the Son of God (Rom 8:7,8; 1 Cor 2:14). We cannot know the Son of God without first knowing the Word of God. Everything that God wants us to know is in the Bible. 

The unique difference about Jesus Christ from all other religious leaders is that He is alive today. All other religious leaders are dead and buried, but Jesus Christ is alive! A dead Confucius or Buddha cannot give eternal life. They died themselves. Jesus rose from the dead. 

I would like to invite you to know the Son of God. If you accept by faith the fact that He paid for all your sins upon the cross, you will have eternal life. The Bible presents no other solution. The Bible guarantees no other answer for owning eternal life. 

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