“Wisdom raineth down skill and knowledge of understanding standing, and exalteth them to honor that hold her fast. … The fear of the Lord driveth away sins: and where it is present, it turneth away wrath. A furious man cannot be justified; for the sway of his fury shall be his destruction. A patient man will tear for a time, and afterward joy shall spring up unto him. He will hide his words for a time, and the lips of many shall declare his wisdom. The parables of knowledge are in the treasures of wisdom: but godliness is an abomination to a sinner. If thou desire wisdom, keep the commandments, and the Lord shall give her unto thee. For the fear of the Lord is wisdom and instruction: and faith and meekness are his delight. Distrust not the fear of the Lord when thou art poor: and come not unto him with a double heart. Be not an hypocrite in the sight of men, and take good heed what thou speakest. Exalt not thyself, lest thou fall, and bring dishonor upon thy soul, and so God discover thy secrets, and cast thee down in the midst of the congregation, because thou camest not in truth to the fear of the Lord, but thy heart is full of deceit.” ~ Ecclesiasticus
Skill and Knowledge
Wisdom does bring us both skill and knowledge. Spiritual wisdom specifically brings us spiritual knowledge and spiritual skills. This skill and knowledge comes to us through the soul, but only if we have taken the time to awaken it. If the soul is still sleeping, the spiritual knowledge and skills will elude us.
The knowledge part of that spiritual skill and knowledge is the Divine Knowledge that the Gnostics called Gnosis. Other mystical schools may have had a different name for it, but it meant the same thing. It is that knowledge that is never gained from reading books, or even from a spiritual teacher. Books and teachers can only teach you how to gain access to that knowledge, but the knowledge comes only from direct experience.
This knowledge is the truth of reality, the knowing of what is real and permanent, and the knowing of what is an illusion and temporary. It is simple enough to tell someone that matter is illusion and spirit is real and permanent, but that doesn’t mean they truly understand what that means. When that knowledge is gained by connected directly with the spiritual dimensions and the beings that dwell there, then you truly understand. When you are one with the All, you understand. Continue reading “Skill and Knowledge from Divine Wisdom”