The natural ability to acquire knowledge and to learn skills. It is not emphasised in Scripture because wisdom is viewed primarily in spiritual and moral terms. Human cleverness proves ultimately futile; nevertheless, believers are called to develop and use their minds to the full in God’s service and to dedicate gifts and abilities to him.
Wisdom is primarily spiritual and moral
The spiritual and moral inadequacy of unaided human intelligence
Many of the first Christians were not intelligent
Believers are to use their minds
Examples of intelligent people
1Sa 25:3 Abigail; 2Ch 2:12 Solomon; Da 1:4 young men from Israel exiled in Babylon; Da 1:17 Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego; Ac 5:34 Gamaliel; Ac 7:22 Moses; Ac 13:6-7 Sergius Paulus; Ac 26:24 Paul
Examples of believers using their minds
God uses intelligence dedicated to him
Ge 41:46-49 God uses Joseph’s administrative skill; Ex 31:2-6 pp Ex 35:30-35 Craftsmen use artistic expertise; 1Ki 7:13-14 pp 2Ch 2:13-14 Huram does work in bronze for Solomon’s temple; 2Ch 26:15 Skilful men design machines for the defence of Jerusalem; Da 5:13-14 Daniel’s intelligence aids his witness in the Babylonian court; Lk 1:3-4 Luke’s thorough research owes something to his medical training.